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The Changing Savanna Trilogy
Written by Talya Bruck, co edited by Patricia Ojehonmon and illustrated by Erin Cooper
Hetty's In Lockdown Again
A story to help children and young people navigate the tricky time of Covid-19 through the metaphor of the pesky illness on the Savanna. Meet Silo the lion cub, Hetty the hedgehog, Peter the panther, Gerry the giraffe and El the wise elephant as they explore this time together.
The Changing Savanna
Peter the panther approaches the watering hole carefully as things continue to change on the Savanna with the pesky sickness. See how El the wise elephant helps the young ones process the tricky time.
Things on the Savanna are continuing to change as the young ones return to school, however school looks different. See how Mrs Springbok the headteacher and Mr Hippo one of the teachers helps the little ones.
By Talya Bruck, illustrated by Erin Cooper
A story to help children with loss.
Co-authored by Talya Bruck, Stella Mo and Rachel Ryan, illustrated by Erin Cooper.
A story to help autistic children and young people, their families, friends, educators and therapists to understand the ways autistic people may think and the difficulties and challenges they may experience.
Co-authored by Talya Bruck & Patricia Ojehonmon with guest illustrator Shaydon Tracey
A story about a young zebra and her experience of racism.
Is It Me?
Written by Talya Bruck and guest illustrated by Jake Harris
Savanna Therapeutic Stories is extremely proud and excited to share their latest work Is it Me? An important story about the effects of parental mental health difficulties and illnesses on children and young people.
Co-authored by Talya Bruck & Jessie Ellinor with guest illustrator Paul Banks
A story about a young hippo called Hugo, born with a disability and how this doesn't stop Hugo from wanting to join in the Savanna Sports Day. Read and find out what happens.....
Written by Talya Bruck & guest illustrated by Scarlett Sherman a story about young Silo who struggles to figure out why his roar just sometimes pops out....
Release - Spring 2022
Other helpful Websites
To guide and help
It can sometimes be hard to find support and advice. Here are some helpful websites to give you some guidance.
Rocketed Educational Psychology and SEND Consultancy
This practice, founded by Hannah Lethbridge, provides psychological services for children and young people (aged 0-16). They advise and support parents and carers and collaborate with the educational settings in which children and young people learn. You can contact them on www.RocketEd.co.uk
Young and Mighty - nurturing mighty kids
These cards developed by Dr Gail Sinitsky a child psychologist are brilliant. They help children in promoting happiness and calm, they also increase self-esteem. The cards are divided into three sections breathing techniques, creative activities and movement exercises. You can obtain them from www.youngandmighty.com
Storytellers at Heart
Savanna Therapeutic Stories was established at the beginning of Covid 19 2020 in the call to offer support, understanding and meaning within an unprecedented time. The stories aim to help families, educators and therapists support young people through the use of metaphor.
The four Savanna friends Silo, Peter, Hetty and Gerry along with El the wise elephant navigate this tricky time exploring the themes of change, the unknown, friendship, loss and much more.
The original stories Hetty's in Lockdown, Things are Changing on the Savanna and The Returning were written by Talya Bruck.
During the second lockdown the stories were re written and co-edited with Patricia Ojehonmon - Dramatherapist. All the stories have been beautifully illustrated by Erin Cooper.
Talya Bruck is a South African Dramatherapist, Clinical Supervisor & Systemic Practitioner who lives in London. She has been working with children, young people and their families for over 20 years. Currently she works for CAMHS, has a private supervision practice and works on a Kidstime multi-family group workshop supporting parents and their children to understand parental mental health/illness and the effects on the family system, helping children and young people to understand that parental mental health/illness is not their fault. She has a strong belief in the power of story, the creating and telling. Helping children, young people and families to have meaningful conversations that matter, conversations that allow for people to understand themselves and each other.
"Writing is the geometry of the soul"