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Empower children with mindful & meaningful dialogue fashioned around Social Emotional Learning & Purposeful Play.
Empower children with mindful & meaningful dialogue fashioned around Social Emotional Learning & Purposeful Play.
117 backers pledged $11,076 to help bring this project to life.

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Engage youth with meaningful dialogue fashioned around SEL & Purposeful Play.

 xoxo  !!! Fantastic News! WE ARE FUNDED!!!  xoxo  

A Warm Thank You to All of you who helped bring this to life!!! 

With just days still left on my campaign, I didn't want to stop the momentum!!! If I can raise just $1,500 more & reach $12,000... 

Introducing A Bonus Stretch Goal: *details below...

The Playful Exchange™ 

is a process created by Jillian Suzanne, which seeks to create meaningful dialogues which inspire & encourage children toward Social & Emotional Empowerment.

Dream Traveler™ 

is our first foundation "tool-box" using The Playful Exchange™ process. It contains the story development conversation model which explores the world of dreams as an entry point to initiate dialogue. The tools found in Dream Traveler help create a space of comfortable playful exchange between dreamers of all kinds.

What’s included + How it works:

Engaging with Dream Traveler™: Enables dreamers to question the world around them, develop creative problem-solving skills, gain critical awareness, and participate in opportunities to effectively make decisions necessary to create personal change.

Dream Traveler Journal:

Dream Traveler Journal, 24 pages: Image of Cover
Dream Traveler Journal, 24 pages: Image of Cover

Dream Traveler’s mascot Sludges NorQ-hammer uses dreams as a common ground to warmly guide readers through each page of the Dream Traveler Journal. Shared familiar experiences can open opportunities to connect & participate within a collaborative atmosphere. 

Dear Dreamer, intro page of journal.
Dear Dreamer, intro page of journal.

Individual journal pages: introduce mindful skills, tips, creative starters and suggestions for using the kits' included parts. The pages cover topics such as; Getting ready to dream, Nightmares, Creating our Story and Accidental Whoops. 

Using mental visualization exercises and prompts to assist and inspire story conception; children are taught to reframe perspectives, breathe, focus, and recognize how to be aware of their bodies, thoughts, and responses.

These key ideas represent my vision of connectivity/Deeply Noticing™. Each facilitates meaningful exchanges that allow youth to enhance their emotional literacy to become active contributors within their learning experience.

Story Prompt Cards: (Available in sets of 10) found inside the Dream Traveler system, include characters, landscapes, and challenges for youth to explore. Each tale told and each picture drawn is unique to the individual. This allows for new and unexpected outcomes each time Dream Traveler is employed.

Dream Journal + Story Prompt Cards (fronts + Backs)
Dream Journal + Story Prompt Cards (fronts + Backs)

Reframing Card: (1 incl. per set of 10 cards) Introduce the dreamer to "Changing our perceptions." This encourages new ways of thinking by turning thoughts on their head and thinking outside the box. This transforms fear and anxiety into new ways of understanding and thinking about the unknown.

Reframing Card, Dragon example
Reframing Card, Dragon example

*To further encourage a child's unique dreams and imagination, additional pages in the journal are interspersed with drawing prompts and space for dreamers to transcribe their own creative adventures.

*Bonus Stretch Goal!!

Build Your Own Story Prompt Cards:

This option-set allows Dreamers to create their own cards and gives facilitators room to infuse Dream Traveler™ with their own unique teaching + creative practices.

*If I can raise just $1,500 more... this Goal will be unlocked & I can add the 2nd set of "10 Build Your Own" Cards to every Starter Kit for Previous & New backers of this Kickstarter!!

Build your own (set of 10)
Build your own (set of 10)

How to Create Your Story:

The following videos illustrates how a child initially begins using Dream Traveler™ and how they build their skills with it. 

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Dream Pouch + Keepsakes: In my experience, knowing that someone cares and supports your journey makes a big difference. Every once in a while, we find ourselves in need of reminders that people who care are with us. Similar to a dream catcher hung over the bed, this amulet of keepsakes is kept in a special drawstring bag, to be filled with their own trinkets and tucked under the dreamer's pillow.

Dream Pouch + Mushroom Pen (hand-sculpted)
Dream Pouch + Mushroom Pen (hand-sculpted)

 (*mushroom pen is an example of a possible future Dream Traveler accessory.)

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Dream Traveler Suitcase: With the dreamer now supplied with some "tricks of the trade" there was only one thing left to design. The Dream Traveler Suitcase! This magical case houses the necessary tools to begin exploring creative possibility and practice regulating unwelcome perceptions.

Dream Traveler Suitcase + Dream Journal & Parent Guide
Dream Traveler Suitcase + Dream Journal & Parent Guide

*note: The suitcase is still being sourced, so for purposes of this Kickstarter this aspect of Dream Traveler is a bit "pie in the sky".

Parent Guide & The Playful Exchange™ Process:

The Playful Exchange™ process is best perceived as a steady collaboration built upon authentic yet playful dialogues and mutual participation. This process enables us to establish our solid foundations of trust.  

Parent Guide, 24 pages: Image of Cover
Parent Guide, 24 pages: Image of Cover

At The Playful Exchange™ we believe dreaming and inspiration is never limited to just our pillows. Although inspired around a bedtime ritual, Dream Traveler can be employed whenever/wherever dreamers seek inspiration.

Our past experiences become our biggest strengths, our gathered knowledge of trade and practice of which to value and share. Our Guide is designed for Parents, Educators and Practitioners who desire an informational resource and some additional support/insight focused on facilitating playful exchanges. 

The Parent Guide shares our process by breaking down the focus, intent and purpose behind each page in the Dream Traveler Journal. 

A few pages in the guide share helpful parent prompt-conversation starters and other pages cover topics such as:

1. LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD

2. CO-CREATING + CO-MUNICATING

3. KEEPING THE WELL FROM RUNNING DRY

4.BEING ADVENTUROUS + BEING PATIENT

5. PERMISSION TO FAIL

How idea came about:

Once upon a time, a young girl (my little spokes-person from the video's above) was suffering from night terrors. This relentless intrusion into her dream world was beginning to negatively affect her school performance, moods, and behavior. 

My first attempts at supporting her only gave temporary comfort and were not helping with the overall situation. She needed something more substantial. I began to research coping skills such as mindfulness and self-regulation, exploring how best to use them to guide and aid children in need of reassurance and a plan.

The dream world was a wonderful common ground from which to build a foundation of trust. Dreams offer a multitude of possibilities, challenges and relationships to explore… and, I do believe everybody has at one time or another felt the need to overcome the fears and anxieties found in a nightmare.

When unexpected life experiences led me to mentor a few more children contending with their own unique challenges, I began to hear caregivers expressing; "difficulty trying to identify what was troubling their children." 

In a desire to blend my professional practice toward finding some communicative solutions, I attended RISD's Master Program in Teaching + Learning in Art + Design to further my development of Dream Traveler™ and The Playful Exchange™.

Design Philosophy

Purposeful Play provides opportunities for inquiry-based learning and Gamification uses an empathy-based approach. Both are proven methods in which Dream traveler™ + The Playful Exchange™ constantly seek to incorporate in unique and inviting ways.

Dream Traveler™ Outcomes for Users

Dream Traveler™ is a “tool-box” of opportunities to engage audiences age five and up. 

A meaningful dialog, guised within a fantastical story can cover countless topics of concern as they flow in and out of an experience fashioned around purposeful play.

• Designed to utilize art, imagination and personal story.

• Designed to inspire parents, caregivers and educators who dream to introduce creative + imaginative outlets while working with kids.

• Designed to engage a child, as they participate in solo or social play spinning yarns of story and adventure.

• Designed to be conscious of inclusion across a spectrum of learners.

• Designed to assist communication with challenging concerns.

• Designed to enhance emotional literacy.

Our Plan:

Goals & Objectives:

Our initial plan is to raise awareness and branding of Dream Traveler™ and The Playful Exchange™ Process. All funds will go toward the following:

Product Production:

• Purchase quantities of the Dream Traveler Starter Kits to be sold on our website/other retail sources.

• Purchase Starter Kits for Focus Groups; who will provide ongoing data for continued development of the process.

Marketing, Website & Expansion:

• Raise Awareness of  The Playful Exchange™ | Dream Traveler ™  Brand, Methods and Tools.

• Marketing | build our audience, supporters and network.

• Contact Schools, Teachers, Special Needs & other Children’s Organizations to introduce our process/product.

• Expand The Playful Exchange™ Programs with Continued development toward proof of concept.

• Develop interactive elements with new activities, downloads, future products and accessories.

Use of Funds:

GOAL to fund: $ 10,500 for:
Produce Basic Kits: 
Basic Kit includes: Parent Guide, Dream Journal, 10 Story Prompt Cards & Amulet Bag. (*these items are sourced & ready for print)

Products for Focus Groups + RND

Publicity + Social Media Placement & Advertising:  
 
Website Operations Costs:  
for Dream Traveler | The Playful Exchange Websites. 

KickStarter & Reward Tiers:  
Kickstarter Fees | Production Costs of Rewards | Shipping

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The woman behind the curtain:

Creator + Founder: 

Me exploring one of my paintings (I've always been a bit envious of Mary Poppins).
Me exploring one of my paintings (I've always been a bit envious of Mary Poppins).

Jillian Suzanne is a Creative Professional and Educator. She received a Masters of Art (Teaching + Learning in Art + Design) from The Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. 

Prior to study at RISD, Jillian has worked in Children Book Illustration, Fine Art, Photography, and Creative Project Management within commercial and film industries.

With a passion for Visual Arts, Storytelling and Purposeful Play, this recently dubbed "Child Whisperer," weaves a special connection with dreamers of all ages. In a desire to create support materials for parents, guardians, educators and other professionals who wish to become facilitators themselves, Jillian has been developing unique methods + tools to connect and co-create with children on their level.

She has also been described as the "no-no Aunt" who loves to disrupt-disruption positively. Jillian is a firm believer that all children should be "seen and heard"... Often!

Testimonials: 

"Dream Traveler’s Journal & Parent Guide are ripe for new ideas, problem solving, understanding and developing creativity. Dreams are a gift that bring new learnings and curiosity. The power of dreams is a rich and novel way to share and be together. I recommend Dream Traveler for all children including those still residing within ourselves". ~ Helene Pine, PhD. Educator, Marriage and Family Therapist and Parenting Coach

"As an educational consultant/coach, I plan to recommend Dream Traveler to professionals and individuals with children. The concept, text and illustrations are so impressive. It would also make a wonderful gift"! ~ Elyse Gilbert,  Educational Consultant

"We all know that children have soaring imaginations about fairy tales and dream lands, but such colorful minds also face a battle of fear of darkness or scary monsters under their bed at night. This story telling model helps children conquor their fear of all the scary creatures that sleep beneath their beds in a playful and enlightening way. If you want to help guide your child toward self-empowerment then this is the way to go"! ~ Sandra R., Graphic Designer + Auntie

THE PLAYFUL EXCHANGE ™ + DREAM TRAVELER ™ are trademarks of Jillian Suzanne.

All works © Jillian Suzanne 2000 - 2018. All rights reserved.

Risks and challenges

My primary challenge is to obtain enough pre-orders to cover the cost of my first production run. Materials are sourced alongside manufacturing and costs.

This is my first Kickstarter and I am committed with your help to make Dream Traveler ™ available to children, educators & parents everywhere. My promise to you is my diligence in producing a quality product that you and your children will take comfort in and love to be inspired by.

Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help make Dream Traveler a dedicated wish that comes true by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page. Please consider helping to spread the word by sharing my page.

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    Dream Traveler Starter Kit + Art Print

    Be a first supporter with a $50 contribution receive a Dream Traveler Starter Kit.

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    2 DT starter Kits + Signed Art Print.

    Be a first supporter with a $100 contribution receive 2 Dream Traveler kits.

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    Receive 5 - Basic Dream Traveler Starter Kits for your school or donations.

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    I will come conduct a 2 hr workshop anywhere in the USA:

    Workshops can consist of 2 options:

    Option 1:
    An introduction into being a facilitator with children, this is for adults (up to 25 guests of your choice to be invited). I will offer a choice of topics regarding The Playful Exchange process from which you can choose. I will also supply 10 complimentary Starter Kits for guests to use and keep after our workshop.

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    I will facilitate an event for up to 10 parents or guardians (each invite is: plus 1 child age 5 and up). I will supply 10 complimentary starter kits for each pair to use and keep after our fantastical adventure, created together.

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