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Soothing traumatized children

November 2, 2010

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Emily Anthes

Scientific American Mind
November, 2010

Coloring books developed by psychologists help kids avoid long-lasting emotional problems

Among the vital supplies sent to Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake, some of the most important may turn out to be thousands of kids’ coloring and activity books. Created by Mercy Corps, an international relief organization based in Portland, Ore., these workbooks are designed to help traumatized kids process what happened to them. Building on recent psychological research, the workbooks aim to provide children who do not have access to professional counselors the tools to heal on their own.