Emmet: Draw It Out
“Draw it Out helped me understand how to calm down my anger and sadness. Inside, I can write all about me and my dad so I don’t forget.”
When Emmet’s dad died, his world crashed around him. His mom, struggling with her own grief, became distant and out of reach. His friends didn’t understand and began to avoid them. Emmet’s loneliness and feelings of isolation grew. He was placed in a local program that provides grief services to children. His counselor had been an advisor for Art with Heart’s Draw It Out book, and decided to “test out” the book with Emmet.
“When I gave Emmet the book, he was fascinated with it – the way it looked and felt,” said his counselor, “He asked if he could take it home, and then he invited a friend to do it with him. It ended up helping him connect back to others. And it became a springboard that allowed us to connect on a deeper level too.”
“Some children I’ve given the book to want to go through it page by page, in order, while others skip around to find the pages that help them express what’s going on for them at that moment,” said the counselor, “Either way, the pages are accessible to the child and present when they need support and I can’t be there.”
Emmet keeps his book on his nightstand so he can do it whenever he needs to. Emmet told his counselor, “Draw it Out helped me understand how to calm down my anger and sadness. Inside, I can write all about me and my dad so I don’t forget.
“I really like that the book asks you to be really creative. I give Draw It Out a big thumbs up.”
NOTE: To protect the identity of the child, the image does not necessarily match the story.