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Laurie: Chill & Spill

“The book…asked her questions about her strengths and talents, which made her realize that she did have something to offer…”

Laurie was a new resident at a lock down facility for youth in Louisiana who refused to talk to anyone. Her case manager, Crystal, offered her a Chill & Spill book, hoping it would help Laurie express her feelings. Crystal offered to keep the book safe from the other residents by locking it in a drawer in her office.

Laurie came back day after day to work on her Chill & Spill in the safety of Crystal’s office. As Crystal worked led her slowly through the book, the “Exclusive Interview” activity captured Laurie’s imagination and she worked on it for quite a long time, having a difficult time answering even the simplest questions, such as “What are your talents and strengths?”.

“She had always been told that she was a trouble maker, that she was ‘good for nothing.’  The book — and this activity in particular — asked her questions about her strengths and talents, which made her realize that she did have something to offer…”

Crystal is happy to report that this experience became a catalyst for change in Laurie’s life, who became more outgoing and began participating in group activities – something she refused to do beforehand. She even decided on a life goal as a direct result of the book: she decided she wants to be a pediatrician so she can help kids.

NOTE: To protect the child’s identity\, the image does not necessarily match the story and names may or may not have been changed.