Happy New Year!

Published by admin on March 3rd, 2014

As we move forward in 2014, it also provides us an opportunity to reflect back to see our progress.  One of our goals continues to be preventing child abuse through communication and education.  Finding opportunities to aid in communication and education of our children is critical to reduce and eliminate traumatic events.  January 2013, Elaine Carroll’s children’s book, Freddy Keeps Ellie Safe, was released.  This book specifically introduces potential danger by someone they both know.  (Over 75% of the children are abducted and abused by someone they know.)

It is the story of a young boy who has been tasked to keep his sister safe on their walk to school.  Freddy and Ellie’s mother, Ellen, had started to work and could no longer walk them to school.  Ellen had them practice walking to school.  She gave them “rules” to follow to be safe.  At first Freddy didn’t mind it but then Ellie began to dawdle.   Freddy was put to the test.

This book provides an avenue for parents and teachers to talk with their children about being safe. It is an excellent read for prevention. It provides parents an avenue to talk about being safe walking to school and other places they may go. It offers parents the opportunity to tell their children who is safe to be around. 

Consider the following actions to prevent child abuse with the children in your life:

  • Checking out the resources that are available for teachers and your children that provide information on keeping children safe.
  • Establishing communication with your child(ren) so they feel able to come to you for help at any time regardless of time, place, and or circumstance.  What alert system do you have in place so your children can let you or your backup (family/friends) know when they need help or have a problem and need to talk?
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Reflecting and Moving Forward in 2013 – Part 1

Published by admin on January 27th, 2013

As I reflect over the past year, I realize that a lot has happened. I would like to share about my therapeutic toys, which I launched in the fall of 2011.

The mending heart and the customized plush toys were created to aid in communication for children who have experienced trauma. Examples which easily come to mind are sexual or physical abuse and surviving a natural disaster when loved ones perish. In 2012, we saw so many storms destroying lives and senseless acts of violence in theatres and schools. I received amazing feedback from therapists like, Tina Nunnellee, PhD, LPC CART who states, “I use it (the toy robot) with children, teens, and adults, male and female. I was not surprised about how well it worked with the children and teens. I was surprised at the response from the adults. I have witnessed adults move through issues in a few sessions instead of years of sessions. Adults appear to connect to this little robot in a way that assists them in processing a lifetime of hurts in remarkably short time frames. I work with some teens who could be termed ‘resistant.’ With the robot they open up and pour their hearts out, releasing and working through shame, fear and self doubt.” As my research progressed, I found that the toys also help children experiencing “normal” parts of living, like bullying; dyslexia; or caring for a disabled parent. My task is to get the toys into the hands of those who need them and this year that will be my focus.

The feedback I received from my research in 2012 clearly shows I need to bring my toys to market and expand my audience beyond the traditional therapist. As such, look for changes in my website and approach in 2013. My goal for 2013 is to touch the hearts and spirits of a millions of children and adults so that they can release their pain while enjoying the simple act of play with a toy. We all deserve to play, to feel loved, and to let go of the pain that holds us back.
Elaine Carroll

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