Who We Are
We are a therapist/educator and graphic designer/illustrator who are passionate about creating innovative materials to help kids get Zentered.
What We Do
We’re bridging the gaps between age-old wisdom, current research and real world application.
How We Do It
We combined practices that are proven to promote happiness with the science of habit-formation and built 9 happy habits. In their own ways, each of these happy habits develops and supports open hearts, calm minds and relaxed bodies (otherwise known as getting Zentered). We incorporate these happy habits into everything we design.
Why We Do It
Because positive changes aren't made by force or willpower. Studies clearly show us that positive changes come from incorporating healthy routines into our daily lives. Happy habits are those routines. They are things everyone can do - things like spending time in nature, being kind to oneself + others and eating real food. Most importantly, when kids integrate happy habits early in life, they are more likely to feel better (about themselves, others and the world) and do better.
Zentered Kids was co-founded by partners Maria De Giovanni and Sandy Magee. During her 2 decades as a therapist Maria witnessed it becoming increasingly difficult to raise healthy kids in this fast-paced, media-dominated culture. So she shifted her focus from the treatment of mental illnesses in youth to their prevention in kids. With this shift, and Sandy’s creative collaboration, Zentered Kids was born.
Sandy is the owner of Redsand Creative. He also has a long history as a competitive swimmer, coach, lifeguard and swim instructor, working with kids from ages 4 to 20. Sandy has degrees in Psychology and Graphic Design + Illustration. He enjoys drawing, painting and being creative almost as much as having fun outside or sipping a delicious cappuccino (especially at Little Cove Coffee Co in Noosa, Australia).
Maria has worked as a health and fitness coordinator, special education teacher, school counsellor, child + youth mental health specialist, school district department head and therapist/owner in private practice. She has degrees in Kinesiology, Special Education and Clinical Psychology as well as post-graduate certifications in Cognitive Behavioural, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Narrative, Play and Art Therapies.
Zentered Kids is the magic that takes place when
we match kids' natural sense of wonder
with thoughtfully designed materials.