Carlene MacMillan, MD, Adult and Child Psychiatrist, Trauma and Dissociative Unit, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Alex and the Scary Things explains simple and effective coping strategies such as the 5-4-3-2-1 game in a playful and approachable way. This book can jumpstart conversations both with children who have experienced 'scary things' and with any child who is trying to make sense of challenging emotions.
Nadja Reilly, Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director of the Freedman Center for Child and Family Development at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
This book is an excellent resource for parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone who works with children. Alex's story is endearing, tender, and relatable. Alex's kindness to himself and his parts will promote compassion and empathy in children - both for themselves and others. The exercises in the book will help readers participate with Alex while learning important skills to use for their own growth.
Judith Sonnenberg, Child and family counsellerBACP Children & Young People
This book is about an alligator called Alex and his soft toy called AI. It tells of Alex's scary feelings and how he copes with them... The illustrations are colourful and expressive, with dark feelings written on dark paper. I would recommend this book for parents, teachers, therapists and counsellors to read to primary school children, but I would advise them to first explore their own reaction to it in order to collect their own thoughts.
While the story is not directly related to foster or adoptive family, it is very much written with children that have suffered trauma in mind. The illustrations are engaging and do a fine job of helping to enhance the content of this story.
Alex is a lovable little alligator, and he will appeal to children with different kinds of background experiences. The illustrations are wonderful too, and show the wide range of emotions that children with intense fears can exhibit. Extremely useful for severely traumatised children.