This is an amazing healing workbook to help children who have a loved one working towards Eating Disorder Recovery! Emily’s Guide is a workbook for boys and girls ages 5-11. This workbook is created by Sherri Hicks, LMSW who has treated Eating Disorder patients at a nationally ranked Eating Disorder Treatment Center in Arizona and Stacey Lyddon who has served as a Peer Support Specialist and Artist.
When a loved one has an Eating Disorder it effects the entire family and often young children have thoughts and emotions that need to be expressed. Emily’s Guide encourages self-expression for children who witness confusing Eating Disorder behaviors.
Being honest and answering a child’s questions about Eating Disorders is extremely important to helping them to be resilient against their own Eating Disorder.
The artwork is simple yet impactful when talking about something as abstract as “ED” (Eating Disorders) for children and lets them express themselves through art and writing. This book is positive and uplifting helping to build self-esteem and understanding that recovery is difficult but possible.
In praise of: Emily’s Guide to Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders continue to be among the most misunderstood diseases on earth. All too often fatal, these disorders rob men, women and children of their health, their dignity and their purpose. Eating Disorders also have a sinister impact on families, leaving parents, siblings, children and others in a quandary as to how to best support a suffering loved one. In this book, Sherri Hicks and Stacey Lyddon use their vast clinical and artistic skills to bring a story of love, care and concern for someone caught in the throes of an Eating Disorder to children in ways that make understanding something as truly awful as Anorexia to Bulimia possible. If you know a child (of any age) who is facing this dilemma, Emily’s Guide to Eating Disorders is a must read.
Jerry L. Law, D. Min., MDAAC, CIP is a veteran of 25 years in the corporate world, and his strong leadership and organizational skills lend themselves naturally to the intervention process. Dr. Law is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, a Board Certified Intervention Professional and a Master Certified Drug Alcohol and Addictions Counselor. Jerry brings compassion and a first-hand understanding about how critical it is to break the cycle of addiction in the professional world as well as within the family.
In the upheaval that follows an eating disorder diagnosis, young children and siblings are the walking wounded, unsure where to turn with their questions and emotions. With simple explanations and space for words and drawings, Emily’s Guide to Eating Disorders offers a safe place for a child to express the experience of living with a loved one with an eating disorder. Highly recommend.
- Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, CEDRD
Eating Disorder Expert and Author of The Eating Disorders Clinical Pocket Guide