My Body Is Special: A family Book About Sexual Abuse is a timely book with good, positive words and illustrations. An excellent resource to know about.
- Review by Kazza K
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This little book is a wonderful resource. First of all it helps teach children about personal boundaries. It also reinforces, or teaches children about who they can talk to if they aren't sure or, goodness forbid, if something has happened. It also deals with the extremely important issue of not allowing children to blame themselves. I can't stress enough the importance of that message.
With some chapters such as -
You Are One-of-a-Kind
Safe, Loving Touch Is Always Shared
Safe, Loving Touch Is Not a Secret to Keep
People You Can Talk to
Touches Are Messages
Touch is NOT for Hurting
Don't Blame Yourself
God Loves Every Part of You
- it covers a perfect array of subjects in this tricky and sensitive area. The book is written and drawn in such a way as to not put ideas in children's heads, or to scare either. My Body is Special is positive, and while it mentions God it does not preach. I feel it is a perfect tool for therapists working with pre-primary to primary aged children and for parent's alike.
NB: Always assess the age appropriateness of material in relation to your child, and their own sensitivities/ability to process information, before you read something to them. You know your own child better than anyone else. Also this is just a book review and my personal thoughts as a parent nothing more