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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 03 - 07
  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Loving Healing Press (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932690603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932690606
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia, and a graduate of Georgia State University with a Specialist in Education in Professional Counseling. I work with children and families. I have written a book, "Sam Feels Better Now! An Interactive Story for Children." Illustrated by Kevin Collier, and Published by Loving Healing Press. My interests are play therapy, family therapy, trauma, and writing children's books.

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By Holli on June 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
Although I worked with an older population in recovery from abuse and trauma, I resonated with many of Ms. Osborne's therapeutic principles in "Sam Feels Better Now!" Four guiding principles that I found extremely important are the following.

First, Ms. Osborne provides a safe platform for children to share their feelings. From the introduction of a caring therapist, to the soft colorful pictures, and the gentle introduction of describing someone else's scary feelings, the child transitions into a place that is trusting. Then, Osborne introduces tools to help the child build on that sense of safety.

Secondly, Ms. Osborne moves into the arena of feelings, without asking about the trauma or abuse. This is extremely important as she empowers the child to express his feelings without revisiting the traumatic event and risking re-injury. In addition, Osborne provides exercise to modulate those feelings.

Thirdly, I believe that it is extremely important to allow victims to set the pace in their recovery from abuse. In her therapeutic notations at the end of her book, Ms. Osborne writes, "Therapists are encouraged to take the child's lead in this situation..." I am in complete agreement with this practice. Younger or older, our clients need to feel a sense of control over their feelings and management of them.

Lastly, in my years of work with abuse and trauma victims, I never would ask (in written or verbal form) about their violations. Clients shared their narratives through various methods of disclosing their life messages, again at their own pace. I am extremely impressed how Ms. Osborne moves into the narrative piece of therapy, giving the child permission to choose his way of disclosure, how much disclosure, and the degree of disclosure.
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"Sam Feels Better Now!" is an interactive story for children. The format is very much like a picture book, but this book is geared towards helping children who have experienced trauma, psychological injury, or any form of abuse. The goal of this book is to help assist therapists or other caregivers who help children in these crisis situations. The interactive components such as drawings or story telling help children express the pain and suffering they are in or have been put through. With the story being told through Sam's perspective, the main character, children who read this book will become a part of helping Sam to heal.

The character Sam is described as having gone through a bad experience. However, the problem Sam is trying to deal with is left unsaid. This allows children using this book to either make up a situation for Sam to heal from or place their own crisis on Sam to fix. The story begins with Sam meeting his counselor and getting comfortable with her. The interactive exercises throughout the story help Sam move forward to fix his problem and the child participates by drawing pictures that relate to the story. Sam also gets to talk about his emotions. The story continues with the child helping Sam. There are also exercises to help the child identify their own emotions and to help them get started with telling their own story.

In addition, there is a therapist guide in the back to provide adults background information and suggestions for using "Sam Feels Better Now!"

Jill Osborne's book is an excellent resource for therapists and counselors. The illustrations by Kevin Scott Collier are encouraging with their simple kid friendly style and colorful appeal. I also feel this book would be a good tool in schools and at home because the exercises help to empower children to actively identify their own personal environment and find comfort in expressing themselves and the world around them.
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By Jane Maritz on August 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
Sam Feels Better Now! An Interactive Story for Children, written by Jill Osborne and illustrated by Kevin Collier, is meant to help children dealing with traumatic memories. Ms. Carol, a special therapist, walks Sam step by step through identifying and dealing with a scary thing that happened to him.

This book began as a project for a traumatology course that the author took while doing graduate work in professional counseling at Georgia State University.

The book can be used by therapists to help children go through the process with Sam, in a non-threatening way since it is in the third person. It is interactive in that there are pages for the child to draw and identify what happened, how it makes him feel, and how to deal with it. It is recommended for ages 4-10.

The colors and illustrations are appealing; Esmé, my two-year-old, sat through several readings of the book while looking at the pictures. The vocabulary is simple to understand, too. There is not much of a story line or character development to evaluate; it is just a step-by-step description of the therapy process.

There were a couple of minor punctuation and grammatical issues in the book copy I received for review.

I don't feel qualified to evaluate the therapy process described in the book, as I don't have much background in that area.

Overall, this looks like a useful tool for a therapist to use in helping children who have dealt with trauma.
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How should a parent react when a child is so scared by something that he's having trouble sleeping, isn't eating enough, and is fighting with his friends? Sam saw something awful and scary, so his mother takes him to Mrs. Carol, a special therapist who helps kids feel better. She asks Sam to draw some pictures and then tell her a story about the thing that scared him. Next, she talks with Sam and his mother about working up a daily routine, finding people who can help, thinking of ways to stay safe, and generally helping Sam to understand his feelings, so that he could coping skills to decrease the effects of his anxiety.
Author Jill Osborne, a professional counselor who has specialized in play therapy, traumatology, and child therapy, provides a story that integrates principles for trauma therapy, play therapy, and expressive techniques to assist a child who has experienced a traumatic event, crisis situation, or grief through stage one of trauma therapy by creating a fun, creative, and interactive experience for the child. It is recommended that children and parents who are dealing with such problems work with a therapist trained in child therapy. There is a therapist's guide at the end of the book with suggestions, references, and resources. Sam Feels Better Now will prove to be a helpful tool for working with children who need this kind of help.
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