Get our parent manual and additional guides and resources to help you best understand and guide your child.
Child Lion Taming Manual
Download our child Lion Tamer's Manual to keep. This ensures your child has all they need to manage big emotions for years to come.
We provide resources for you to adapt and share with your child's teacher or other professionals. This ensures that everyone important in your child's life is best able to support and understand.
30-40 minute self-paced online sessions for children to complete alongside an adult.
Each session is designed and guided by experienced child psychologist, Dr Andrea Shortland, allowing adults to enjoy the journey.
Fun and engaging bitesized lessons to fit busy family/classroom life and short attention spans.
Adults and children learn new techniques; regain a sense of control; reconnect and enjoy quality time together; and grow in confidence.
Give your child the best foundation for possible for entering the turbulent teens and preteens when these things get so much more difficult!
Andrea is known for her innovative thinking and compassionate, friendly and fun approach to therapy. Andrea specialises in the assessment and treatment of trauma, anxiety and attachment difficulties in children, adults and families. She combines latest approaches such as ACT and Compassion Focused Therapy with EMDR, CBT, attachment therapies and systemic approaches.
⚡nip problems in the bud before they get more serious and require therapy e.g hitting out or a gradual increase in anxiety, avoiding doing things or obsessive routines
⚡ get a head start and prepare for therapy while you wait for therapy to start
⚡use alongside therapy to have ideas presented in different ways, making therapy more effective (we are happy to send a summary of the programme to your therapist, just drop us an email)
Highly recommended to parents and teachers looking for interactive, therapeutic online self-help materials
Taming Your Lion offers empowering and engaging support for children and families. Course materials are well-designed, interactive and entertaining.
The programme offers a useful resource for parents and teachers supporting children who may be struggling with anxiety, anger or relationship issues; for early intervention services; and for school-based mental health workers.
The videos and workbooks include fun and accessible content that is underpinned by evidence-based psychological research and practice.
Taming Your Lion is highly recommended to parents and teachers looking for interactive, therapeutic online self-help materials.
Invaluable resource to very many children
It is incredibly well put together and will no doubt be an invaluable resource to very many children.
Invaluable programme for children, families and professionals
It is easy to use contains wonderful language and imagery both visual and metaphorical to help make the intangible landscape of our emotions understandable. More than that it has easy things to do to move families through the challenges they are facing.
Most importantly for me it is clear that Andrea deeply understands children and the experience of childhood and that shines through in her wonderful gentle approach in these sessions.
Vibrant, practical, interactive and developed from evidenced based approaches
I appreciate how the content is developed from evidenced based approaches to help young people take control over their 'big emotions'.
Good mix of activities and visuals - fun, positive, safe, helpful and super easy to understand
Also, really loving the analogies. Bookshelf and balloon super easy for kids to understand - and adults too I think. A good reminder that we are not our feelings and love idea of having a bag of tricks. Silly songs are GREAT (brought a smile to our faces!) As are getting kids to think about what their superpowers are.
I loved it! Very engaging and accessible
It is great to have an intervention that combines CBT and ACT types strategies for this age group. I would certainly recommend it to some of the families I see.
Fantastic! Engaging, fresh and professional
Fun and accessible
We both liked the very tactical, practical lion taming tools and the variety of words, music, videos, and interactivity.
We both liked the very tactical, practical lion taming tools and the variety of words, music, videos, and interactivity.Read Less
The course has been a really positive experience for me and my son. I liked that it created space for us to have time alone together and to focus on his feel...Read More
The course has been a really positive experience for me and my son. I liked that it created space for us to have time alone together and to focus on his feelings, to really think about his fear and discuss it, rather than it just coming in and out of our day as it usually does. My son really liked the interactive bits and the examples of other children struggling with big emotions.Read Less
Love the practical tools which are both easy for kids and parents to do and even better they are effective!
Love the practical tools which are both easy for kids and parents to do and even better they are effective!Read Less
We liked the steps and the party.
We liked the steps and the party.Read Less
We loved the interactive nature of the programme. The child really benefited from understanding her emotions better. She learnt how to talk about her feeling...Read More
We loved the interactive nature of the programme. The child really benefited from understanding her emotions better. She learnt how to talk about her feelings. Staff were able to help her apply the techniques to tame these feelings that previously felt too scary to even think about.Read Less
The course has been designed in a way that is engaging for young person and not just teaching material.
The course has been designed in a way that is engaging for young person and not just teaching material.Read Less
Andrea's warmth makes it through the screen
Andrea's warmth makes it through the screenRead Less
the graphicsRead Less
I found it useful and enlightening and really enjoyed the process
I found it useful and enlightening and really enjoyed the processRead Less
The course is accessible and interactive.
The course is accessible and interactive.Read Less
Andrea’s explanations, the many coping strategies
Andrea’s explanations, the many coping strategiesRead Less
Taming Your Lion gives you 6 online self-paced sessions, our manual and parent guides. You can ad on a consultation with a psychologist.
That is less than the price of two therapy sessions with a psychologist! The cost of 6 therapy sessions with a clinical psychologist is normally somewhere between £500-£720.
Based on research from developmental child psychology, neuropsychology and latest evidenced-based therapeutic interventions
Time efficient - only 30-40 minutes a week for six weeks
Can include the child, the parent and the teacher - we like to cover all angles
Gives you the knowledge and understanding you need to manage big emotions
Facilitates conversation and connection between you and your child
Gives you and your child the tools and strategies to manage big emotions
Fun and engaging for children with interactive graphics and bitesized videos
Deepen your understanding of the psychology of big emotions and recognise when there is a problem
Befriend and understand your lion: develop the confidence and skill to feel and manage emotions
Personalise the tools and resources - develop your unique map and most effective strategies and share with a teacher or other supporting professional/family member
Learn how to support your child with confidence
Manage common snags and pitfalls
Follow 4 children throughout the programme and learn about their difficulties and journey to taming their lion
Is it only for 8-12 year old children?
The content is designed to suit a typical 8-12 year old whilst still being interesting for parents. Several of our families who tested the programme found they could use it with 7 year olds with a little parent support and explanation.
Do I complete the programme with my child?
It is up to you. We suggest that you complete most of the programme with your child although sometimes we ask you to complete exercises individually. However, it is completely fine if you would like to complete the programme separately. Do what works best for you.
We think younger children (7-9 years) may struggle to complete it alone and would benefit from adult support to get the most out of the exercises.
There are some parent specific resources, we will let you know when they are.
Is Taming Your Lion therapy?
Taming Your Lion includes topics, explanations/education, strategies and exercises typically included in our psychology therapy sessions. However, it does not provide the individual attention, assessment and support of a personal therapist and therefore cannot be considered therapy.
Are there circumstances in which you would not recommend completing this programme?
Yes, if your concerns are severe or your child is at risk of harm we recommend you seek the advice of your GP and/or personalised assessment and intervention from a qualified child psychotherapist or psychologist.
Could my child and I do this course at the same time as having therapy?
Absolutely. We first thought about creating this programme as something families could do whilst waiting to start therapy or to support the beginning of psychological therapy.
We include a resource in Session 6 that you could share with a therapist to summarise the work completed on the programme.
How long will I have to complete the programme?
You have 60 days' access to the programme.
We allow a couple of weeks at the end of the programme to catch up just in case life gets in the way. We wanted to make sure busy families get around to completing it. You can always get in touch to request an extension if you need a little more time.
Share content with parents to ensure a whole-systems approach to supporting the child.