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New eBook focuses on positive messages

Developmental affirmations help parents and practitioners

As we continue to navigate continuous change and uncertainty in today’s world, we need positive resources to guide us. Developmental affirmations are messages that give hope and direction by helping us care for others and ourselves. The affirmations were identified over the course of many years, from 1976 until the present.

Author Jean Illsley Clarke partnered with a team of University of Minnesota Extension educators to create the new eBook “Words that help: Affirmations for any age, every stage.” Written in a question-and-answer format that brings all the information into one place to learn more about the development of this work and how to apply affirmations to a variety of settings. “Developmental affirmations are especially helpful for people who are going through changes that lead to stress and uncertainty”, says Ellie McCann, Extension educator who worked closely with Illsley Clarke, “The questions are from both newcomers and experienced users of the affirmations. The answers come from the experience of practitioners and parents who have helped to hone the design and use of the messages over the years.”

What are practitioners and parents saying about these developmental affirmations? 

  • I have a bowl of these sitting on my desk.
  • For over 30 years I’ve used the affirmations with children, families and adults.
  • Sharing the affirmations with teachers to frame behavior strategies and interventions had been transformative.
  • The developmental affirmations are messages that people who have experienced trauma oftentimes have not received, so I use them every day with my therapy clients.

The affirmations are ever growing. It is Jean Illsley Clarke’s hope that they will always be examined and added to by practitioners and parents. The affirmations cover many stages of life, and we encourage readers to revisit the book often. Download your free copy of Words that help: Affirmations for any age, every stage.

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