*Sorry for using this post again, it just meant so much to my daughter. It's a cheap and easy thing to do to show your child that you care, and you could make a book on any subject!
When I started working with Shayla on her selective mutism issue (an official label for being painfully shy to the extreme!), I started uncovering that she has an underlying poor self-esteem issue about herself.
I believe that it was because of her skin condition and food allergies.
I'm not a therapist. For that matter, I don't even have a college degree. I'm just a mother who loves her children and I try to be very "in-tune" with them.
I tried talking with her about these things, but she didn't want to discuss them. So, I wrote her a book about herself. Awhile back we were using Ed Emberley's Fingerprint Book for art, so I created people using this method.
She enjoys it tremendously. And the best part is, it has opened up her feelings. She has begun to talk to me and I have been able to offer her comfort in the form of hugs and kisses and reassuring words.