Special People Extraordinary Dedication
Support & Partner, Empower & Develop

Home About Us Products Useful Links Feedback Contact Us

Product Search


by Innovative Resources


Format: cards

32 cards (21cm x 14.8cm size), 24-page instructions booklet, all in a polypropylene box

Here is a resource for educators, youth workers, mental health professionals, social workers, juvenile justice counsellors and anyone involved with young people. Reflexions is a set of cards that use contemporary street and techno style photo collage and graphics to deepen conversations on the issues that concern young people. A single word accompanied by graphics guide participants to identify and name reactions to their circumstances. Especially important for boys struggling to express their emotions.

Reflexions are a set of cards that at first glance might suggest have little to say about strengths. Compared to many other card sets they appear dark, angst-ridden and the opposite of cute. And the words on the cards don’t sound like strengths either: ‘confused’, ‘frustrated’, ‘angry’, ‘disgusted’ etc. But none the less, these cards are strength cards by another name.

Every card names a feeling. Feelings are feelings, they are not inherently negative or bad. But by naming feelings with which we are sometimes uncomfortable, we are able to bring to the surface discussion about how these feelings translate into actions.

Feelings can be difficult to put a name to. It is easier to resort to simple, global words to talk about feelings rather than try to separate out the tangle of different feelings we may have at any one time. And all human service workers (and parents!) know the difficulty of trying to get more than monosyllabic responses from many of our adolescents. The first and most basic use of Reflexions is to simply provide a vocabulary and a means to articulate feeling about anything of significance in the young person’s life.

Reflexions was designed as a tool for young people who, in the process of growth towards indipendence, are creating their own identities. Becoming an independent individual can be a difficult journey in our society. Dealing with the pressures of families, schools, peers, authorities and even the media is a difficult undertaking at a time when hormones are raging and there is a constant urge to experiement with all aspects of what life has to offer.

Originally designed for adolescents, the 32 Reflexions cards use the busyness and realism of photo montage design to talk about the emotions, the issues and the experience of young people. While more visually confronting than the cards that use illustration, Reflexions also speak to many adults who in their own way face the same issues suggested by the cards.

“I work as a student teacher in ‘special needs’ for four hours a week at a private catholic college in South Australia. Since the start of this year I have worked with a Year 8 boy who has trouble understanding ‘social norms’. For example when a child brushed past him in class one day he felt attacked so reacted by punching him back. Most of my work with him takes place in the classroom but once a week we go to a LAP room. One particular day, the student was very upset about me helping him. He was displaying anger, frustration, confusion and I wasn’t sure if this was because of me or if other stuff was going on. We made our way to the room, and I said we need to talk about this. He said he didn’t want to, that he was just ‘not happy’. On our way through, I found the packet of Reflexions cards that had been recently purchased by the school’s LAP coordinator. I brought these out onto the balcony and sitting together I opened them up and asked him to go through the cards and pick out all of the ones that represented how he was feeling. I was thinking, Gosh, he’s going to have so many that he picks. I’m sure he’ll pick angry, frustrated, disappointed, confused, sad, lonely, etc. To my surprise, he picked out only one card. It read ‘Different’. For 30 minutes we talked about the crux of his feelings. He hated feeling different to everyone else. I was both touched and amazed at how these simple cards had allowed this young man to convey his deepest feelings. It also opened up for us a space in which we could tackle some of the issues surrounding ‘difference’. I would never have suggested that he would be feeling that way, but on reflection it makes perfect sense. This also seems like an opportunity we may not have had otherwise.”
- Damien Vahlis, Secondary teacher
, South Australia

You can e-mail your order to products@spedsg.com,
fill up an order form and fax to (65) 6899 8477,
or call (65) 6899 8377.