A Wee Bit About Me...
My name is Denise and I live in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, Rikki and two children Rian & Ellie, without whom this adventure would not have been possible so I thank them all from the bottom of my heart!
I am also an occupational therapist and have practiced in mental health settings for over 12 years. Through my work I have been supporting adults to learn skills in order to help manage and maintain their mental and physical well-being.
In 2017 I was introduced to a set of skills called the Decider Skills, and started to deliver the skills to adults in group settings and later became an authorized trainer to help share the decider skills throughout services in the Highlands.
These skills have completely transformed not only my practice but also the lives of the individuals that I work with. Time and time again I hear people say “I wish I had learned these skills years ago...”
Me & Ginger
Rian, Raph (and Jinx!)
Ellie & Alfie
The Resilient Ratties Series
As I started to embed the Decider Skills into my work and home life, I started telling Rian and Ellie about the skills and even visited their school to share them with their teachers! We had fun introducing the skills through bedtime stories about 2 rats called Max and Lucy (named by Rian and Ellie!). As the stories developed, family and friends suggested publishing them for other children to enjoy, so that's just what I did! I entered in to a Become an Author Competition and Won!!!
Through the Resilient Ratties Series of children’s books I hope to introduce both children and adults to The Decider Life Skills.
I hope readers find the books both fun and educational. They have been written and designed to help children learn alongside their parents, carers, friends and teachers in a way that they can understand, enjoy and remember.
The ‘Let’s Learn Together’ section at the end of each book aims to open up conversations and encourage children to learn about how the skills apply to them and their surroundings, whether at home, school or playing outdoors.
Finally… why did I choose to bring the skills to life with my cartoon rats? We have four cheeky ratties of our own! Rats are incredibly misunderstood creatures but once you get to know them, they are extremely intelligent, adaptive and resilient characters who seek social connection and relationships! So why did I choose rats?... Why not!