As the Mom of an Exceptional Child, even when everything is going smoothly, I am always on the lookout for new methods and ways to help Michael with his anxiety and sensory issues. As a Parent Coach, I also am happy to pass on any great resources to support parents in their special needs parenting journey. So, you can imagine how I felt when I first heard of Lauren Brukner’s book on one of the parent writing Facebook groups I belong to. It is called, “The Kids’ Guide To Staying Awesome and in Control: Simple Stuff To Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses,”and to say that it came at just the right time for me, is an understatement.
The author is an Occupational Therapist, and Mom herself to three kids, two of whom have emotional and sensory integration difficulties. What is great about the book is that it is really one that is helpful to children, parents and educators in school. There are 2 parts. Part 1 is geared to kids and helps them understand how their body works, and what tools they can use to feel better in their bodies. Part 2 is for adults and educators, and gives them tips how to set up the home and classroom to be more conducive to helping kids regulate their emotions. The author provides great charts at the back where parents and kids can check off what tools they used. It is full of great ideas and information, as well as exercises that kids and parents can both do together. I also like how she gives kids names to identify how they are feeling: “1) Slow and Tired, 2) Fast and Emotional and 3) Fast and Wiggly.”
There are tips for educators to incorporate in the classroom so the child can carry over all of the techniques from home to school and back. It is written in language that children and adults can both understand, is clear, concise, and the tools that are suggested can be bought or often made at home so parents need not worry about expense. This book showed me ways I can incorporate more movement breaks into Michael’s routine in a way that will be fun. I highly recommend it if you as a parent are looking for new sensory and emotional regulation tools. I literally finished it in one night, and have started the groundwork for implementing some of the techniques with Michael.
Exceptional Parents, what books, articles and/or tools have you come across lately that have helped you and your child? These tools often seem to find us, and not the other way around. The Universe wants this to happen so our children can progress. It is also so we can progress as their parent and an individual. We are meant to grow, love, and spread the joy of that growth and love into the world. Happy reading. Until next time.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however, I did receive a free book for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
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