Repair for Kids: A Children's Program for Recovery from Incest and Childhood Sexual Abuse - Price: $34.95
by Marjorie McKinnon, ISBN: 978-1-932690-57-6
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R.E.P.A.I.R is Recognition, Entry, Process, Awareness, Insight, and Rhythm
Enter a Six-Stage Program with your child to cross the Bridge of Recovery and make available a whole new world of hope:
• Uncover and acknowledge feelings by discovering emotion
• Build self-esteem and optimism with the "Magic Mirror"
• Discern healthy and unhealthy messages
• Learn self-soothing skills with "Dear Diary" letters to the inner-child
• Reveal inner states with picture drawing
• Break free from the confines of false shame
• Cultivate self-care skills and practices
• Learn about boundaries and bodies
• Return to the natural rhythm and flow of life
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Marjorie McKinnon, a survivor of incest, is the author of thirteen books. Her first two books, REPAIR Your Life and REPAIR For Kids, were published by Loving Healing Press. Both are programs for recovery from child sexual abuse. She is also the founder of The Lamplighters, a movement for recovery from incest and child sexual abuse that emphasizes the importance of REPAIRing the damage. There are currently 40 Lamplighter chapters in five countries. The Lamplighter website is at www.thelamplighters.org.
Book Review :
"REPAIR for Kids" presents a six-step program for children who are recovering from incest and sexual abuse. It is geared for kids that are in the 6 to 12 year-old age range. REPAIR stands for Recognition, Entry, Process, Awareness, Insight, and Rhythm. I first learned about REPAIR when I read "REPAIR for Adults." In "REPAIR for Kids," the material is presented with colorful illustrations in a manner which is easier for children to read. It contains exercises that allow children to write about their emotions. There is also a list of instructions for adults at the beginning of the book and a helpful suggested book list at the end.
McKinnon is perfectly able to describe the feelings that sexually-abused children experience. She knows what the child is experiencing. A powerful message runs through the book. This message tells children that what happened was not okay, and it was not their fault. It is so important that children realize this. They also learn how to identify their emotions, set boundaries and most importantly to say "NO!"
It will help prevent the child from being abused again by someone else. The exercises and readings will empower them to have a role in their own recovery. This empowerment is critical because the abuse has made them feel helpless. Empowering them now will help them heal so that hopefully they will avoid getting involved with abusers, drugs and promiscuity when they are older.
"REPAIR for Kids" is a really important resource for children who have been abused. I wish that a copy could be found in every classroom so that abused children could have immediate access to the information. If you are helping a child who has been abused, you shouldn't hesitate in purchasing this book.
(Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)