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About

The Dealing in Feelings Approach
Child therapy

My Story

My name is Julie Dini and I am an Educational and Developmental Psychologist from Adelaide, South Australia. I have been working as a psychologist for over 27 years.

I have had a long career working with children with intellectual disabilities, autism and their families. I have a particular interest in the impact of developmental trauma on children with disabilities. In 2007  I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel overseas to examine therapeutic foster care programs for children with disabilities. You can read more about what I found here; https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/project/to-study-therapeutic-programs-developed-for-foster-carers-caring-for-children-with-disabilities/

 I have first-hand experience with the importance of early intervention and how it can make a huge impact on a child’s development.

My son was diagnosed with a severe developmental language disorder when he was 3 years old. Fortunately, he was able to attend an outstanding preschool program where he received intensive therapy from a team of wonderful speech therapists and preschool teachers.

This early therapy made a profound difference in his speech and language development and his behaviour.

I am particularly interested in children’s emotional development and how parents, teachers and carers can help children understand and express their emotions.

 

Emotions Cards

Children love to play and I’ve always used games in therapy. I was looking for some emotions cards, but I couldn’t find anything which realistically showed feelings in children.

In July 2019 I decided I would create my own cards and the Dealing in Feelings emotions cards were born! Since then they have gone on to sell all around the world.

 

Feelings and Me

Last year I wrote Feelings and Me, a fun picture book for preschoolers illustrated with some very expressive animal characters, all with different feelings

I was extremely proud when Feelings and Me was shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Awards for Birth to 3-year-olds in 2021.

I love hearing from families about how much my products have helped them and this motivates me to develop new resources.

All of my products use my Dealings in Feelings approach which is based on helping kids learn four key skills important to emotional development.

Julie Dini Psychology Supervisor

My vision is to continue to create engaging and fun educational games, cards and books that help kids understand and talk about emotions

Here’s the story of how I started in Dealing in Feelings on the Making it in The Toy Industry Podcast episode 123

Toy Coach Podcast

Introducing the Dealing in Feelings Approach®

Understanding emotions is a skill that is an integral part of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is related to many positive outcomes for children such as increased attention, improved behaviour, positive relationships and empathy towards others.

To help parents, teachers and therapists who are helping children with their emotional development, I developed the Dealing in Feelings approach which is based on helping children learn four key skills.

These four key skills are the building blocks for strong emotional intelligence and they develop sequentially in children.

All of the Dealing and Feelings products have been specifically designed to develop and enhance these four key skills

 Feel- Talk- Think -Practice

Feel

Recognise and notice emotions in the body

Talk

Name and talk about feelings.

Think

Reflect and connect feelings to experiences.

Practice

Learn positive ways to cope with feelings.

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We Support Trees for Life

Our products are paper-based and we believe in the importance of giving back to our environment. $1.00 of every product sold is donated to Trees For Life.

 

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