Other resources

You might want to seek support online. At present, there are no burn specific online chat forums in the UK. However, there is one scar forum in the UK: TalkHealth Scars

Books for children and parents

You and your child might find it helpful to use books to learn more about their emotions and how to manage them. Below is a list of books that you might find helpful. Members of your child’s burn care team may also have some resources that they recommend.

  • Starving the Anger Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9 (Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks). By Kate Collins-Donnelly
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management for Young People (aged 10+) (Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks). By Kate Collins-Donnelly

These workbooks are designed to help children and young people understand different types of anxiety and how to manage them. Based on cognitive behavioural principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours, they use fun activities and real life stories. There are two editions of the workbook, one for use with children aged 5 to 9, and another for young people aged 10+ years.

  • The Huge Bag of Worries. By Virginia Ironside & Frank Rodgers

This is a picture book which can be used as a spring board for discussions about what worries children.

  • A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger: A Resource Book for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers. By Eliane Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney
Primarily created for children aged 6 to 13 years, this book helps children and adults to understand and deal constructively with children's anger. It offers engaging, well-organized activities which help to overcome the fear of children's anger which many care-givers experience.

  • How Are You Feeling Today? By Molly Potter
This book contains imaginative ways to help children understand and cope with different emotions. Children can choose a feeling that relates to them and then turn to the page that provides child-friendly strategies for dealing with that feeling. It also gives parents tools to help their child deal with those feelings and parent notes at the back of the book provide more ideas for parents to use with their child.

  • Will You be My Friend? by Molly Potter
  • This book presents practical advice on helping children to understand how to be a true friend and what helps and what hinders friendships. It can be used for starting conversations about making friends and includes a guide for parents and carers about supporting a child if they are having friendship difficulties.