By Susan Gabel
Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted
A lifebook/workbook designed for use by 10-14 year olds with an adult helper–parent, therapist, teacher. We recommend the much earlier purchase of this book, as it will help parents prepare for the kinds of issues that are a part of the pre and early adolescence inner search for self in children adopted as infants or at an older age, domestically or internationally, through agencies or independently, by singles or couples.
About the Author: Susan Gabel, Ph.D.
Susan Gabel, Ph.D’s work in special education (she is currently a associate professor at National-Louis University, Chicago) and her experience as an adoptive parent prepared her well to write two quite different children’s books for Perspectives Press.Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted is a carefully designed workbook designed to be used by middle school and junior high aged adoptees with a parent or helping professional. The now out-of-print Where the Sun Kisses the Sea, was a picture book sharing a story similar to her son Ben’s travel from Korea to his forever family.
Reviews of Filling in the Blanks: A Guided Look at Growing Up Adopted
Provident Book Finder… “At first glance this appears to be a fill-in-the-blanks workbook to amuse an adopted child, but it is very much more than that. The eight introductory pages written to the adult who will be helping the child work through his feelings about adoption are scored for easy removal before presenting the book to the child. Thought-stimulating questions fall into four subject areas: birth family information, the adoption process, the adoptive family, and self-wareness. There is a good blend of factual information gathering and emphasis on feelings, doubts and fears…”
Parenting Resources… “A wonderful addition to our library and we can’t wait to stock if for use by adoptive families. Our staff feels it will be useful in group and individual therapy.”