Life Story Works

 

Your Life Story book can start like any other.  A contents page is not necessary if you are making your own book, in a folder with removable sleeves. It is sometimes a requirement for on line publishing services.





BABIES NEEDS

FRANKY’S

LIFE STORY BOOK


Have the child decorate this book in any way they want(often this is done once the book is finished).







This is a story about a little boy called Franky and all the important people and things that have happened in his life so far....

Happy picture of your child

Or picture/photo of the child’s choice.

FRANKY’S FAMILY





Write a brief description of Franky’s present family, their names, what they were doing in this photo or any thing else that establishes Franky in a safe and loved way today.

PHOTO of Franky and his family today

FRANKY’S FRIENDS & INTERESTS






Write a brief description of Franky’s friends or things they are good at or like to do.

PHOTOS OF FRIENDS OR INTERESTS

To establish your child in a safe place in the present it can be helpful to start with talking about present family, friends, interests and  achievements.


  1. Bullet    It is a good idea to ask your child to decorate their own book in a way that pleases them.


  1. Bullet    My Family - The child draws his/her family.


  1. Bullet   Ask your child to write down/draw some of the things in life that they like.           


  1. Bullet    My Family’s Hand Prints - This is a section that children can enjoy creating with their

        families. They can draw around their hands colour them and stick them in.  This

        reinforces a sense of belonging to the adoptive family.


  1. Bullet    My castle - first draw an outline of a simple castle, then ask the child who they would like

        to put into their castle.


  1. Bullet    PORTRAIT -painting a life sized self portrait can be fun. Finding the right colour for skin

        tone can lead to conversations about culture, race and difference. You can build on this

        later by adding emotions and dividing the child up into different parts so that they can

        see that there may be an angry part in the throat or tummy but there is also a giggly

        part, a calm part, a happy part, a part that likes chocolate, a part that lights running etc...

COVER and CONTENTS

FAMILY

UNDERSTANDING TIME

FRANKY WAS BORN IN THE SUMMER SEASON

Create collages, drawings, images from Google of the seasons. Illustrate a year.

PRESENT LIFE

A young person needs to understand the concept of the passage of time to understand what happened to them at different ages. For example although they may know they are six years old, do they understand what a year is made up of and how many years they have lived through? Some traumatic experiences can feel disproportionate and closer in time than they actually are.  


Create collages/drawings/images of the seasons as this explains time and links it to the childs age. This will be returned to at the end of the book when you do an illustration of the child’s life in seasons (Life in Seasons.pdf)

INTERESTS

You can ask your child to draw a castle (or you draw a simple outline). Then tell them they are the knight, king, queen and they can control who they allow in the castle.


Who does and doesn’t

get put in the castle is

informative about their

attachments at that

moment in time.


See below for other

exercises.

Ideas of subjects that can be included here with appropriate photos or illustrations are as follows:

Their name.

Their age and date of birth.

Their school (photo)

Their teacher.

Their address.  (photo). Use Google maps for street views for a map of where they live.

Their likes and dislikes (pictures)

The things that they like doing (photos of them doing it)

Their Favourite Food.

Their Favourite Colour. Holidays they have been on.  A photo of themselves.  

LIFE STORY WORK

PAGES TO INCLUDE:

  1. Bullet    FRONT COVER

  2. Bullet    CONTENTS/INTRO (optional)

  3. Bullet    FAMILY - Establish your child’s security in the present time.

  4. Bullet    INTERESTS - Achievements, interests and likes.

  5. Bullet    UNDERSTANDING TIME - Illustrate a year for your child.

  6. Bullet    EXERCISES - Further ideas on how to involved your child.

LIFE STORY BOOK CONTENTS

Your child can refer to their self as ‘I’ in this section (the first person), if they are involved in the actual writing. If it is you doing the work I would suggest that you refer to your child by their name and use the third person (s/he). This gives some distance to the child as they have it read to them or read it to themselves in the future. Using the third person helps to convey a sense of a story being told.