Worth more than a thousand words: experiences that inspired a psychiatrist to create a 'wordless' book

27 September 2017 | by Sheila Hollins

Learning therapy


When he was young, my son struggled to acquire language but would happily watch silent movies and leaf through children’s picture books. I discovered that if I drew a cartoon strip and showed it to him, I could help him to understand and prepare for a family event or an outing to the park. When I didn’t take the time to do this, if something unexpected happened, it would lead to a tantrum or worse.

Years later, I moved from working as a psychiatrist with children and families to a long-stay hospital where I worked with adults with learning disabilities.

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