USING THE BOOK
UNTWIST is a strength based trauma informed care tool designed to support a connection and relationship with a young person aged 10 to 17 years.
The images, text and interactive elements used in the book have been carefully chosen to enhance opportunities for conversation, identify positive aspects of the young persons life, build on their ability to regulate their emotions and realise personal goals.
The book is designed to be personalised, so let the child write, colour and draw all over the book and make it theirs. An iPad, tablet or smart phone would also be useful to make further connections online.
Before you begin:
Wait for the right time. Make sure they are relaxed; not hungry, thirsty or overtired.
Know the book and its images (ie, read it first!).
When reading the book, sit next to the child rather than across.
Let them turn the pages and allow them to talk first. Silences are ok!
Be emotionally available and present, but don’t press them to talk.
If the child reveals an emotion or experience, use it as a moment to connect with them: ‘Gee, that must have been so funny/hard/hot/ ....?’
Remember, reading this book with a child always provides a different journey — Untwist is a vehicle for you to make a connection.
The guide below provides more tips on using this book to connect with a young person.