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About Kay

Kay is an experienced and respected Psychologist and Family Practitioner, member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and The Association for Family Therapy (AFT).  She has been working in schools for the past 12 years with children and families, and is currently helping to educate children about safe ways to express their feelings using fun characters and stories.

Finding Your Way to Making Emotions Manageable

"I have found that one of the best ways to help young people to identify and express their feelings safely is through stories and creativity. The Finding Your Way series of storybooks are designed to open up opportunities to discuss emotions with children in a non-judgemental, non-authoritative way.  For example, in The Sad Skeleton, we are introduced to a skeleton who is struggling to understand his feelings of sadness. As readers follow the skeleton’s journey through Lifeland, there are chances to talk about what the character is feeling. This process helps children to accept that emotions are an important and normal part of life, and it makes everyday feelings seem less scary and more manageable.

Stories are a great place to start, you can also use play to help children explore their emotions. Play can provide opportunities for children to talk about things that they might otherwise find difficult to verbalise. For example, puppets, art or dressing up can help the child to express their feelings safely.

When talking to children it’s also important to use child friendly language. I call emotions "big feelings", as I find that this is a phrase that children can easily understand. I then ask the child simple questions to help establish what the feeling might be and why they think it’s happening, giving the child an opportunity to share their story."

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Kay Brophy

The 'Finding Your Way' Book Series

Written by author, Kay Brophy. There are six books in the series focusing on the core human emotions of sadness, fear, anger, disgust, surprise and happiness that all humans – from children right through to the elderly – experience. These books are written to help children learn about the fundamental skills of managing their emotions but in a fun and engaging way!

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Emotional Pressures

Children are possibly facing greater emotional pressures than ever before - and it is up to us to help them make sense of their feelings

All feelings are important to us, even the difficult ones; they are part of nature’s natural warning system. Children are born with an innate ability to adapt and survive in their environment. As a result of this, they are naturally expressive without needing to use words; think of a crying baby being able to let you know they are hungry, tired, thirsty, cold, hot or bored.

When children are asked to identify their feelings to express what is bothering them, they usually find it fairly easy in a safe environment, using an illustrated chart that shows the six “core” emotions of anger, fear, surprise, disgust, happiness and sadness.

But all children, in every walk of life, will struggle with their feelings from time to time. Modern family life is complex and it could be argued that children have to deal with more emotional pressures than ever before. 

Ignoring or suppressing feelings can result in children becoming fearful. Yet parents, carers and teachers sometimes struggle to know how to effectively deal with the emotions that children display.

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What People Say About Us

 

It has been a privilege to work with you. The support and help you have given our pupils and their families has been invaluable.

Mentors, Mountpleasant

 

You have helped me a lot with my feelings and anger problems.

Child, The Grange Primary

 

It was really helpful and I really enjoyed coming to see you.

Child, The Grange Primary

 

We have learned skills to deal with our problems which has helped us to cope better, I feel a lot stronger now, you've been amazing.

Parent, Sundorne Infants

 

My daughter can now talk to me if she has any problems, I'm really pleased about that, thank you.

Parent, Belvidere Secondary

 

It's been fun playing with you, I am happy in school now.

Child, Sundorne Infants

 

Thank you so much for everything you have done. Me and my family are very grateful to you.

Parent, Sundorne Infants

 

Thank you for everything you have done for us, it has been lovely working with you.

SENCo, Church Stretton