A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
“As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I can attest to the validity of Ms. Melancon’s approach to the delicate subject matter that the book is designed to communicate. The bulk of my professional work has been with adults and youth who were victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. I understand the challenges faced by both the victim and the victim’s support network when trying to talk about abuse.
I strongly believe that Tootles is a step in the right direction for abuse prevention, identification, and treatment initiatives. Tootles teaches children skills for communicating instances of abuse, and gives adults a non-threatening way of broaching the subject. The simple, relatable story helps normalize the sensitive subject matter and sets the stage for positive talk. I am presently in the process of assisting Ms. Melancon with conducting a quantitative analysis of the book’s impact. Preliminary surveys show a statistically significant increase in youth openness to sharing scary secrets after being read the book. It is my belief that a robust study will further demonstrate the efficacy of Tootles for preventing and identifying instances of abuse. If you have any questions about the initial data collected, or the plans for the future study, please do not hesitate to contact me at