Seattle WA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014
CONTACT: Gênna Green, 206.786.8396
Talking to children about their exposure to domestic violence can be challenging for caregivers and professionals alike; equally emotionally upsetting for children. As a mother, domestic violence survivor and one of twelve children, Gênna Green’s passion for helping vulnerable children and families is a deeply personal one. Grayson’s Home was inspired by the critical need for support and intervention at the family level. After working in the Early Childhood field for fourteen years, Green transitioned into a career as a Children’s Advocate at an Agency where she began building a platform for children affected by domestic violence to voice their feelings and needs. “Grayson’s Home” is a labor of love by a thoughtful, empathetic expert who is passionate about helping families and children to communicate and heal.
After a fun day at school, six year old Grayson Rice returns home and hears his parents arguing. In this 27 page picture book, Grayson talks about the different range of emotions he feels when he hears or sees shouting and hitting at home. He has bad dreams of angry monsters that shout, and has potty accidents at school and at home. Grayson is also unable to focus in class and finds himself in trouble for shouting and hitting on the playground.
When Grayson is spanked for having a potty accident at home, he tells his mommy that hitting and shouting makes him feel sad and unsafe. This leads to a discussion about all the things that make him feel unsafe, and a counselor is introduced to help Grayson's family discover new ways of communicating, feeling safe and accessing help when needed.
“Grayson’s Home” is to help caregivers create an emotionally safe atmosphere in which to communicate with children about domestic violence. It also provides professionals with a gentle, developmentally appropriate way to interview and assess children who may have witnessed violence in their families. Green has drawn directly on language and scenarios provided by children in these situations, and she has chosen to use human children instead of animals in the illustrations so that children would be more likely to recognize themselves in the book.
Green is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact info(at)graysonshome(dot)com or 206.786.8396