Bend, Oregon (PRWEB) August 01, 2012
After a discouraging search to find a hopeful and healing product for her niece, Jenni O’Keefe, co-founder of Professor Child, was inspired to create a new type of educational tool. “I was dismayed at the lack of resources available for children dealing with grief and divorce. I knew there had to be a way to instill a sense of hope and healing to children going through a painful time. There was an opportunity to create something special.” Ultimately, after partnering with co-founders Sharon Richards, a mental health counselor, and Rory Kidder, an elementary school teacher, Professor Child was launched with a focus on children teaching children by sharing their own personal stories. “This truly was a collaboration of working moms with diverse backgrounds in therapy, education, and personal experience. Once we started discussing the problem we wanted to solve, the solution of ‘children teaching children’ was a shared vision,” said O’Keefe.
Professor Child offers a different type of educational tool one in which children teach children by sharing their stories without clinical messages or adults giving advice. “We want children to know they are not alone in what they are experiencing. We believe they can learn valuable lessons by simply listening to each others’ personal stories,” said Rory Kidder, co-founder.
“Children and Divorce”, the first Professor Child production, brings together eight children to share their stories. In the film they describe what divorce means to them, how it has changed their lives, and what has helped. The documentary style film offers simple visuals of the children telling their unique stories. “We didn’t know what to expect as we prepared to film these children and their stories. We just knew we wanted to provide a venue for them to share their experience, what they learned from it, and what advice they would give to children affected by divorce. Ultimately, we were blown away by their honesty, sincerity and courage,” said Sharon Richards, co-founder.
“It is one thing when an adult gives advice and says everything will be OK; it is another message altogether when a ‘peer’ says it,” said Kim Kelly, Licensed Professional Counselor, after viewing the film.
Professor Child produces educational tools from films to workbooks that focus on providing a message for children that is relatable, healing, and hopeful and purely child focused. Professor Child is currently in production with films focusing on grief, children who have a sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and children from military families.
About Professor Child, LLC
Professor Child is the creation of three moms coming together with a fundamental belief in empowering. Founded on the belief that children have a powerful voice that is relatable, healing and hopeful, Professor Child focuses on challenging events that may arise in a child’s life. Professor Child produces educational films and workbooks.
To learn more about Professor Child’s projects, visit http://www.professorchild.com