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How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses

by Lauren Brukner Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Pub Date:
Hbk 112 pages
AU$27.99 NZ$28.69
Product Status: Out of stock. Not available to order.
Meet Self-Control, a superhero who wants to teach young children his super powers of self-control! Anxiety, frustration, anger, and other difficult feelings won't stand a chance against their new-found powers. Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place.

This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read.

1. Part 1: For Kids. All About Me: Self-Control!. How This Book Works. 2. Section One: Frustration. Super Power #1: Deep Breath. Super Power #2: Make a Mantra!. Super Power #3: Use Your Words. 3. Section Two: Anxiety. Super Power #4: Give Yourself a Hug!. Super Power #5: Crumple Up Your Worries!. Super Power #6: Throw Away Your Worries!. Super Power #7: Worry Box. 4. Section Three: Sensory Processing. Super Power #8: Push Your Wiggles!. Super Power #9: Squish Your Wiggles!. Super Power #10: Squeeze Your Wiggles!. Super Power #11: Cocoon. 5. Section Four: Anger Management. Super Power #12: Stop Sign. Super Power #13: Make a List!. 6. Section Five: Emotional Regulation. Super Power #14: Take Yourself to a Peaceful Place Inside. Super Power #15: Head Massage. You Made it, Kid!. 7. Part 2: For Adults. Acknowledgements. Tips to Make the Most of the Activities and Strategies in this Book. Appendix 1: Reminder Bracelets. Appendix 2: Super-Control Diplomas (Specific to Super-Power). Appendix 3: Super-Control Diploma (For all 15 Super-Powers). Appendix 4: Desk Strip/Table Strip Reminders. Appendix 5: At a Glance Charts.

Intended for children with all kinds of behavioural, sensory, emotional and anger problems, this book's jazzy, 'with it' style should appeal to young children. As it must be used with an adult, it could well be something whole classes can benefit from, particularly if there are several children who actually have these problems...the exercises are fun and easy to do. Sensory processing has much to do with children who wiggle a lot, such as those with ADHD and those who get so involved with physical activity that they can't stop by themselves...lots of black and white illustrations add to the whole, and information at the back of the book for parents, teachers, therapists and carers will be of great use in planning sessions.
Lauren Brukner is a Senior Occupational Therapist who lives in New York City with her husband and three children, two of whom have emotional and sensory integration difficulties. She graduated from Stern College for Women with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and holds a Master's of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She specializes in sensory integration and self-regulation strategies in children and young people, and their implementation in home, school and community settings. She has postgraduate training in neuroscience, sensory integration theory and practice, occupational health sciences, and physiological approaches to Occupational Therapy practice, and is also a Certified Screener for Irlen Syndrome and Scotopic Sensitivity. She provides services and workshops to a broad range of school staff, including general and special education teachers, speech language therapists, counselors, and paraprofessionals. Lauren won the gold seal in the Mom's Choice Awards, 2016 for family friendly media, products and services. Lauren is a contributing writer to The Huffington Post and Autism Parenting Magazine and blogs at