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As a pediatric social worker at Yale-New Haven Hospital, introducing Gizmo to my young patients has been a wonderful psychoeducational tool. When children are screened for depression in our outpatient multispecialty clinic I will often get consulted by the medical team to screen children for safety and mental health concerns. Children have been very receptive to learning about Gizmo and what he teaches about mental health and wellbeing. Gizmo has helped me to introduce the concepts of mindfulness, behavioral activation, and emotion regulation to children in a way that is developmentally appropriate and holds their interest.
“I love the book! I think it describes and defines mental health in a simple way that young people understand. We used it in a camp setting during the summer of 2018 and kids from age 5 up to age 12 all enjoyed it and related well to it. Kids understand that taking care of their physical health is important- eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising, because we talk about it a lot. Emphasizing the importance of taking care of our brain health (mental health) and that it requires as much effort as taking care of physical health is a great message for young people. The examples of how kids can do that as described in the book are great.” ~Kathy Hanley, Prevention Coordinator for the Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse
“Gizmo provides each of us with a dash of hope on every page of this book. Gizmo shows us the way to care for ourselves and to find trusted people to support and help us when we’re sad. Sometimes we need someone to hold our hand and guide us, find that someone and tell them how you are feeling. There is always hope.” ~ Faith Vos Winkel, MSW, Assistant Child Advocate, CT Office of the Child Advocate
“I wanted to thank you for sending me the three copies of Gizmo4MentalHealth books! I donated them to the Children’s Library of the Flint Public Library in Flint, Michigan! I love this Library, they do so much for the surrounding communities and especially for the children in the area. The Librarians of the Children’s Library we’re thrilled to receive them and they said they will really be helpful and are very well written! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Highly Recommend to all! “~Caryle Collins
“This book is a delightful new resource that can be used by kids to help themselves, and by parents or providers to help kids. Not only is the portrayal of Gizmo the therapy dog as mental health coach a cute concept, it sets up potentially productive dialogues. The doggies model practical steps even little people can use to cope with emotional challenges. Elements of an evidence-based approach to handling distress with adults have been thoughtfully transferred to this kid-friendly format. I enthusiastically recommend Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health as it is both engaging and helpful.” ~ DeQuincy A. Lezine, Ph.D, CEO, Prevention Communities; Father of Benji (age 7) and Nina (age 5)
“Gizmo’s Guide to Mental Health is wonderful. What a great way to teach kids about feelings and coping. Got copies for my nieces and nephews.” ~Jules Calabro, Beacon Health Options
“Last year we had the pleasure of GIZMO’s visit with our Suffield Daisy Troop 10988. We reviewed the book, shared some thoughts in our circle and began a journal for the girls to take home and continue to share their thoughts and feelings, even those strong emotions. What a wonderful program, which last two meetings for us, and which included girls, some family members, troop leaders, a local teacher and our local Social Services Director. The girls learned not only strategies, affirmations, short meditations, they had an introduction to “dogs with jobs”, and we learned more about our trusted adult circle and how important it is to know who those people are. Thank you, many times over, for such a wonderful program. The kids still talk about GIZMO a year later and our books are at home for our family’s reference. ~ Jen Rodriguez