KidsXpress Yourself

With over 15 years’ of experience supporting children and their caregivers, we are often asked to recommend resources that help improve a child’s emotional wellbeing.

At KidsXpress HQ we have all benefitted greatly from these recommendations, having the right, book, podcast or video can be a game changer. During lockdown, we commenced an unofficial KidsXpress ‘bookclub’ on our staff WhatsApp group and the titles gushed in. From the latest scientific resources in the field of psychology to our favourite recipe books to helpful videos for our kids, we shared everything and anything that we found helped us, our families, our communities and of course the kids we support.

And because ‘sharing is caring’ we thought we’d extend this to all our friends in the KidsXpress village. Come back each month to discover the weekly 3 picks for what to read, what to watch and what to listen to.

April

Read: – ‘Finn’s Feather’ was written by Australian children’s author Rachel Noble and is about a little boy grieving the loss of his brother. Noble was inspired to write this heart-warming tale after the loss of her own young son. Our therapists use this book to support children referred for support in coping with the loss of a sibling.

Watch: – ‘ReMoved’ is an incredibly immersive story through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl taken from her abusive household and put into foster care. It puts you as far into the shoes of a foster child as a piece of visual storytelling can, capturing every emotion and bringing awareness to a very real issue.

Listen to: Child trauma expert Dr Bruce Perry, joins presenters Dr. Hanson and Forrest to discuss the incredible impact of childhood experiences, the fuzzy distinction between trauma and stress, and what we can do to heal from those experiences. Definitely one to listen to – especially if you work in a child protection role.

March

Read: – In 1938 Eddie was arrested by the Nazis and taken to Auschwitz where he faced unimaginable horrors. Because he survived, Eddie made the vow to smile every day and now believes he is the ‘happiest man on earth’.

Published as he turns 100, this is a heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.

Watch: – When we experience trauma our bodies may become rigid, holding in the tension or they may become floppy and start to feel like we are not really in control of them. This video features a live musical example of how the Trauma Tapping Technique (TTT) targets areas of the body where trauma is often stored and encourages awareness and blood flow to these areas.

Listen to: In this episode of the Creative Classroom Podcast series, John Spencer interviews Jed Dearybury who is a passionate advocate for integrating play into every aspect of school. ‘The Power of Play for All Ages’ is ideal for teachers who are looking for ways of incorporating play based learning into the classroom, curriculum and across school culture in general.

February

Read: This book by Elizabeth Gilbert (of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fame) challenges us to embrace our curiosity and our creativity. Whether you long to write a book, create art, cope with challenges at work or just want to make your everyday life more fulfilling, Big Magic will take you on a journey of exploration filled with inspiration.

Watch: Renowned addiction expert and physician Dr. Gabor Maté talks about addiction and the belief that there’s no such thing as an “addictive personality” or addiction being a “disease.” Instead, it originates in a person’s need to solve a problem: a deep-seated problem, often from our earliest years that was to do with trauma.

Listen to: In this podcast episode, Australian parenting author and educator Maggie Dent talks to self-regulation expert and professor of psychology, Dr Stuart Shanke to discuss how parents can identify their child’s breaking point before it happens and how we can help our children to manage their emotions.