Testimonials

 

Staff nurse who works with young people

"Having used this resource a number of times I have found that it allows me to connect with the young person in a way that other resources have now allowed me to. By using the metaphor of a computer I have almost instantly established a common ground, as the majority of young people have an understanding of the working of these machines. The visual nature of the BrainBox means that young people of all educational levels can appreciate its meaning"

 

School teacher

"I have used this resource with a young man struggling to understand how he became angry so quickly and why he really couldn't "get what people were saying to him". By demonstrating how the three parts of the brain need to work together to maintain the status quo and how quickly we become temporarily "stupid" if the "thinking" part is disconnected, we were able to explore strategies to help him manage his outbursts. Following this discussion I gained his consent to use the resource with his parents, this enabled them to understand the need to let their son calm down and "reconnect" his brain before attempting to engage in discussions."

 

School nurse 

"This is a user-friendly resource with a clear and simple to understand manual. It allows young people and their parents to gain a much greater understanding of the complexities of our brains and its ability to manage our needs and emotions without being dry and too scientific. I will most certainly be using the BrainBox for other families on my caseload"

 

Helen

School Nurse

“I staff nurse working for school health services as part of a 0-19 health team and regularly come across young people who are struggling to understand and control their emotions.”

“Having used this resource a number of times I have found that it allows me to connect with the young person in a way that other resources have not allowed me to.  By using the metaphor of a computer I have almost instantly established a common ground, as the majority of young people have an understanding of the working of these machines.  The visual nature of the brain box means that young people of all educational levels can appreciate its meaning.”

“I have used this resource with a young man struggling to understand how he became angry so quick and why he really couldn’t ‘get what people were saying to him.’  By demonstrating how the 3 parts of the brain need to work together to maintain the status quo and how quickly we become ‘stupid’ if the ‘thinking’ part is disconnected, we were able to explore strategies to help him manage his outbursts.  Following this discussion I gained his consent to use the resource with his parents, this enabled them to understand the need to let their son calm down and ‘reconnect’ his brain before attempting to engage in discussions.”

“This is a user-friendly resource with a clear and simple to understand manual that allows young people and their parents to gain a much greater understand of the complexities of our brains and it’s abilities to manage our needs and emotions without being dry and too scientific.  I will most certainly be using the Brain Box foe other families on my case load.”


Kathy Dunnett

Schools Adviser for Integrated Children’s Services

 

“I have used the brain box in my work with young people,particularly when they are stressed or upset, as it is a visual way of helping young people understand why they feel like they do. I have found it particularly helpful with boys,also children with Aspergers and ADHD (whom often like the relationship with their brains and the computers). It works with small groups as well. I think it is a very useful and innovative resource...' “I am happy to endorse this resource and to receive communication from any organisation interested in purchasing the Brain Box.Please feel free to publish my details.”


Comments from young people:

“By understanding what was happening it has helped me have more control of my own feelings”


“I felt much more relaxed when I understood what was happening inside my head”


“I used the breathing techniques that Deborah showed me to reconnect the thinking part of the brain”