Leading trauma parenting specialist launches her second book to help young children talk about ‘big feelings’

By Anita Jaynes on 27 June, 2015

Jane Evans, an expert in trauma parenting who was recently featured in Channel 5’s series My Violent Child, is launching her second book next month.

She is also appealing to businesses in Swindon to sponsor copies of the book so she can distribute them free of charge at the book launch event at the West Swindon Family Centre on Monday July 6.

Jane said: “My latest book is designed to help parents, carers and professionals support children who have not had their emotional needs met for a range of reasons.

“I would love to be able to give free copies at the event to those working with families who have faced difficulties, such as, domestic violence, mental illness and substance dependency so the children can begin to find names for their feelings.”

The 53-year-old who lives in Sutton Benger, is already a published author and her first book How Are You Feeling Today Baby Bear? is now used by professionals, parents and carers around the world.

It tells the story of Baby Bear who lives in a home where the Big Bears fight and argue at night. It allows adults to talk to young children, aged two to six, about feelings around violence in the home.

Jane’s second book Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvy Feelings helps adults explore mixed up emotions with young children. Kit is a kitten whose parent is not always able to care either physically or emotionally.  This causes a range of feelings in Kit’s everyday life. One day Kindly Cat comes to Kit’s home to help everyone to begin to talk about feelings.

Jane said: “This book is intended to offer a simple tool for parents, carers and professionals to gently start to help our youngest children find ways to say how they feel. This is an essential foundation for good mental health and learning.”

Jane is an international speaker, author and trainer on the impact of childhood trauma on parenting, child development and behaviour. She was one of the experts who supported families with violent children in Channel 5’s series My Violent Child which was aired early this year.

Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvy feelings will be launched  at the West Swindon Family Centre, Gainsborough Way, Swindon on Monday July 6 at 4pm. Jane is a patron of the centre.  Details of her first two books, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, are here – http://bit.ly/1MhjZAy and http://bit.ly/1T6t3gW .  Anyone interested in sponsoring some books for families can email Fiona Scott – Fiona@fionascott.co.uk

Pictured above: Trauma parenting specialist Jane Evans