About

Accessible, non-stigmatising and a part of everyday life...

The Growing Me Toolkit is a new way to do Therapeutic Life Story Work. Composed of 10 web-based sessions that use narrations and visuals as a guide, as well as a physical tool-kit that is small enough to fit on the dining room table, but expansive enough to contain everything needed from start to finish. Many of the items in the kit can be used outside of the Growing Me journey.

Empowering the existing grown-ups in a child's life...

Growing Me is designed for a care-experienced child and an adult who they already have a trusting relationship with. The grown-up will be guided every step of the way. We are often led to believe that only professionals can help children think about their life story but, for some, it is the grown-ups with existing relationships that are best placed to help a child. Growing Me understands the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced early-life trauma, separation, and loss, and it supports the adult to discover that they have unique resources that are informed by their own unique experiences. In addition to supportive content, Growing Me empowers the grown-ups with up-to- date techniques, top-tips, examples, and guidance, to explore even the most tricky parts of Life Story Work, such as how, when, and if, information is given to ensure it feels safe and therapeutic for both adult and child.

Informed by the science of trauma and the wisdom of nature...

Learning lessons from animals and trees, Growing Me nurtures children and their grown-ups and crucially, the relationship in between. The accessible web-app guides adult and child through personal explorations of essential components of therapeutic life story work that are educational, arty, sensory, and fun. The 10 step journey is full of playful images, games, animations, and creative activities that strengthen a child’s ability to connect and communicate, improve self-knowledge, and build confidence and understanding about thoughts, feelings and behaviours and, if the child is ready, their past.

A 10 step journey...

Growing Me is composed of 10 web-based sessions that use narration and child-friendly animation to guide a child and their trusted grown up through a physical toolkit full of beautifully designed resources.  Small enough to fit on the dining room table, but expansive enough to contain everything needed from start to finish, many of the items in the kit can be used outside of the Growing Me journey.  Each of the 10 sessions follow a familiar structure…
The Grown Up Bit is a narrated guide for the adult, packed with self-care activities, therapeutic tips, and preparation for the session ahead.
The Me Tree invites a child and their adult to connect with their bodies, minds and the world around them. Dials on Me Tree can be moved to reflect energy levels and heartrate in a fun and non stigmatising way.
The Play Den encourages co-regulation through different activities that a child and adult can do together. Connection through play builds positive pathways in the brain. It is only when bodies and minds are regulated that they can think, make and wonder!
The Think Theatre engages all the senses through animation and puppetry. to explore key themes, build emotional literacy, and empower with psycho-education.
The Make Station carries the themes of the Think Theatre into a making activity. There are ten packs of equipment that correspond to each making session.
The Wonder Book is a celebration of the ups and downs of everyday life together. A child and their adult are invited to write, draw and collage, and use the different paper leaves in whatever way feels right.