The content of the Adventures on Pepi’s Island program has been field-tested in school, home, and clinical settings. The following comments by parents and children were collected from one of three venues:

  • Trilogy School, Raleigh, North Carolina (2011-2012). Trilogy School is an independent school for students with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

  • Work/Life and EAP Center at SAS, Cary, North Carolina (six-month Parent-Child Study 2012-2013). SAS is a large, privately-owned computer software company. The Work/Life Center provides services in support of SAS employees and their families.

  • Susan Y. McClure, PhD, Clinical Practice, Raleigh, NC (ongoing clinical use, 2011-present).
  • Here’s what parents have said about
    Adventures on Pepi’s Island:

    General Comments

    “Great resource for parents and kids!”
    “Your program is great- brilliant.”
    “Gives the parent tools to help the child and gives the child tools to use in situations.”
    “Time spent working together has definitely been positive.”
    “It was insightful for me and my child.”
    “The tool is very useful and can be used by the entire family.”
    (My daughter) “is totally enthusiastic and loves it!”
    “Our children have benefitted greatly from direct instruction about social cues and dealing with difficult situations, and I know others would too. This program is spot on.”
    (My daughter) “has re-enacted some of the situations with her stuffed animals and friends.”

    Improves Self-Confidence and Social-Emotional Skills:

    “My child is happier at recess. Happy child means happy mom.”
    “He is more balanced, happier, and more confident. His ability to communicate and understand his needs has contributed to growth in his self-esteem.”
    "She doesn’t have as many melt-downs and the ones she has are shorter in length.”
    “He found a lot of humor, he found areas where he could gain confidence in his strengths, and he felt empowered about bullies.
    “His most recent report card- along with conferences - has shown him as ‘improved’ in almost all social areas.”
    “All children can benefit, but especially ones with AD/HD.”
    “She is very concrete and the wealth of specific scenarios gives her a set of experiences to draw from.”
    “Spending time talking about these things is very helpful. I think he now sees some of his friends or school mates differently- recognizes social skill deficits instead of labeling them “difficult” or “bad behaved.”
    “My daughter needed the prosocial behavior and perspective taking sections the most. She tends to be rigid in her thinking so I think those parts helped the most in terms of dealing with others.”

    Offers Quality Parent-Child Time to Discuss Important Social Topics:

    “I liked spending time with (my daughter) on something I think is vitally important for families to discuss.”
    “We developed a closer relationship in that the program opened up much more discussion on topics I did not know my child was dealing with at school.”
    “We had a lot of fun doing this program together. It allowed us to discuss a lot of topics that we may never have done without this setting.”
    “(The program) opens up dialog between the parent and child in a non-threatening way and helps give the parent insight into how the child thinks on these topics/ situations.”
    “The photographs, real-life (kid-relatable scenarios) and audio are especially intriguing.”

    Enhances the Parent-Child Relationship:

    “It fostered some together time with just me and my child, not sibling.”
    “I think it has improved our relationship and fostered a sense of trust with me.”
    “(My son) had fun teaching me.” “Time spent working together has definitely been positive.”
    “Talking about a made up situation made it easier to talk about a real fear or anger.”
    “My daughter and I were eager to attend each session and tackle the questions together. It was a fun, informative journey.”
    “I can recommend this program to every parent! Being able to solve a conflict without violence is the key to a great society. Knowing people’s emotional stage is also very important.”

    Here’s what kids have said about
    Adventures on Pepi’s Island:

    “I learned how to stop and think and work out problems.”
    “I learned that I am special and no one is just like me.”
    “Last year it seemed that everyone in my class disliked me but now it is different. I learned how to handle bullies better.”
    “I think it (the program) is amazing and I wouldn’t change a single thing.”
    “I’m good at Pepi’s Island...and I love it too!”