A Therapeutic Treasure Deck of Sentence Completion and Feelings Cards – Media Review

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From the box of A Therapeutic Treasure Deck of Sentence Completion and Feelings Cards by Dr. Karen Treisman:

” The perfect tool to add to any “therapeutic treasure box,” this set of 68 cards provides a way to help open conversations and structure discussions with children and adolescents aged 6+.
The treasure deck offers a fun, non-threatening way to support building understanding and forging relationships. It also provides a safe and playful way for children and young people to articulate and make sense of their feelings, thoughts, experiences, and beliefs. The deck comes with two different types of card – the “feelings cards” and the “sentence-completion cards” – which an be used separately or tegether, and an accompanying booklet which provides a background to the therapeutic benefits, as well as a range of ideas for using the cards.”



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5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


What Our Family Thought:

These cards seems to be created for use with children who are working through a traumatic issue. However, there is nothing that notably directs these cards directly to foster or adoptive children. The whole activity and card set as the description states seems to be aimed at children age six or older. While these cards contain illustrative cards that are cartoonish in nature, they seem to work very well for teenagers. Foster or adoptive families as well as teachers, counselors or foster care professionals would be interested in the function of this card set as it strives to create an atmosphere where children can learn better how to articulate/advocate for themselves.

Physically the deck as a whole seems to be very durable. The box itself is very thick and sturdy. The cards seem to be made of a heavier and glossy paper weight. We feel this is important to mention as children who have been through trauma stereotypically tend to not treat items with as delicate of a touch as other children.

The deck does include an instruction guide. This manual really seems to give an explanation of the various types of cards in the deck and simply gives suggestions on how one might incorporate these cards into a home or counseling session. The manual does appear to encourage people to draw upon their own creativity for using this tool.

The two types of cards in this deck as mentioned in the description above are, “feelings cards” and the “sentence-completion cards.” They are pretty self-explanatory. The feelings cards help a child to see various feelings or emotions. Along with the name of the emotion on each card is a descriptive picture which all seem to do a fantastic job of illustrating the emotion on the card. Some of the feelings used in this deck include: helpless/hopeless, trapped, energetic, scared/fearful, lonely, proud, frustrated, safe, and so on.
The sentence-completion cards give a variety of different discussion or open ended thoughts ranging from simple thoughts to more reflective/contemplative thoughts. Some examples of the card prompts are: “When I feel unsafe I…,” “If I could be someone else for the day, I would be…,” My favorite colour is…,” “If I could go back in time to a moment, I would go back to…,” and so on.

Overall, this tool appears to be very beneficial for your family. These cards will not only give caregivers ideas of topics to discuss with their kids but they will also provide children with the necessary vocabulary they require to communicate their needs with their caregivers. It would be beneficial for families to have these cards lying around on the dining table or a high traffic area where every member of the family is able to see them throughout the day. Transfiguring Adoption believes that this tool will be highly beneficial to the health of your foster or adoptive family.


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Monsters Made With Love: Helping Kids Express Insecurities

Laurie Kay, creator of Monster Made with Love, joins us to talk about her company where anyone can create their own custom monster. Learn how these wonderful creatures are fantastic therapy for children from traumatic places as they can express their insecurities and other emotions.

On the Discussion:

  • Laurie Kay – CEO, Monsters Made with Love
  • Kyle Ford – Founder, City of Refuge
  • Darren Fink – Co-founder, Transfiguring Adoption

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Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies

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From the Cover of Charley Chatty and the Disappearing Pennies by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“Charley Chatty likes shiny things, especially shiny pennies. Sometimes Charley thinks her siblings get more than her so she likes to keep the pennies safe in her pocket.

Charley spots some pennies lying around the house, and puts them in her piggy bank. But she gets very nervous when her dad starts looking for the missing pennies. Luckily, Charley’s dad is good at working out what might, have happened and helps Charley to put it all right again.”



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Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]


What Our Family Thought:

This book appears to target foster and adoptive families and seems to be best suited for children ages 3 – 10 years of age. This tale explores the themes of stealing or hoarding as well as lying when caught in the act of stealing. Like the other books in the series, this tale seems to give a true to life situation which will allow families to open up to healthy dialogue.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas – the book notes that the illustrations have been deliberately left simple to help children focus on the story. The pictures should keep your child engaged throughout the story.

The story centers around Charley Chatty, who is an adoptive little girl found within the other books of the series. This tale is the second book that centers on this character. The book hones in on Charley’s habit of taking things that do not belong to her. Specifically taking things around her adoptive home that belong to her siblings or parents.

As was mentioned above, the story introduces a situation that could be plucked from many foster or adoptive homes. This will allow families to utilize this story as a great discussion piece within their home. The book introduces Charley’s motivation for taking things, her feelings throughout the course of the act, and an example of how parents can successfully react to the situation.

As always the books from this series end with a section written to caregivers explaining the reasoning behind trauma-caused behaviors. This last section also explains how therapeutic parents should respond to these problematic situations. All the while explaining the science and psychology in a way in which you don’t have to be a professional therapist to understand.

Transfiguring Adoption overall finds this book very applicable and fun for a foster or adoptive family. Charley Chatty would be a great addition to a foster/adoptive family bookshelf.


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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How did “sharing” Sophie’s things make Charley feel?
  2. Why do you think Charley yelled at her dad?
  3. Why does have a good feeling in her chest at the end?
  4. Does Charley’s dad still love her after she took the pennies?
  5. How do you think Sophie felt when her pennies were missing?
  6. How do you think Sophie felt when Charley gave the pennies back?

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