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Stay Cool and In Control with the Keep-Calm Guru: Wise Ways for Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses

by Lauren Brukner Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Hbk 136 pages
AU$27.99 NZ$30.43
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Meet the Keep-Calm Guru, our expert guide to the art of staying cool, calm, and in control in the face of overpowering feelings!


This illustrated book introduces wise ways for children to recognize and cope with anxiety, anger, frustration, and other difficult emotions. Using everything from yoga poses and pressure holds, to deep breathing and relaxing coloring activities, the Keep-Calm Guru shows kids how to take back control and feel cool, calm, and just right.


Suitable for children with sensory and emotional regulation difficulties aged approximately 7-14 years.


Part 1: For Kids. 1. Meet the Keep-Calm Guru. 2. What Is Your Light?. 3. The Mind-Body Connection. 4. The Big Four: Slow and Tired, Fast and Emotional, Fast and Wiggly, and Just Right. 5. Making Abstract Feelings Tangible. 6. Specific Steps to Get to that Just Right Feeling. 7. How This Book Works. 8. Anywhere Body Breaks: The Science Behind the How, the Why, and the What. 9. Anywhere Body Breaks. 10. Tools: Using the Stuff Most of You (Probably) Already Have. 11. Big Body Breaks: Or Shall We Say, Yoga. 12. The End of Our Journey - For Now. 13. Sum it Up. Part 2: For Adults. Acknowledgements. 14. For Parents and Caregivers - How to Get the Most Out of this Book. 15. For Teachers and Therapists - How to Get the Most Out of this Book. 16. Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs and its Connection to Child Development. 17. Supports to Promote Overall Self-Regulation. Appendix 1: 'Just Right' Checklist. Appendix 2: 'Draw and Jot Journaling' Card. Appendix 3: 'My List of Ten' Card. Appendix 4: 'Positive Affirmations' Bookmark. Appendix 5: 'Just Right' Self-Monitoring Checklist. Appendix 6: At a Glance Reminder Desk Strips: Anywhere Body Breaks, Tools, and Big Breaks/Yoga. Appendix 7: At a Glance Reminder Bracelets: Anywhere Body Breaks Only.

Lots of practical, easy-to-use methods to help kids calm down.
Lauren Brukner is a Senior Occupational Therapist who lives in New York City with her husband and her three children, two of whom have emotional and sensory integration difficulties. Lauren has appeared as a guest on The Autism Show and The Manhattan Neighborhood Network's School-Home Connection. Her books have been listed as resources on websites such as Real Simple Magazine, Everyday Health, AOL's Health and Wellness, MSN Health, Mothering.com, About.com, and Friendship Circle, as well as numerous school district curricula around the world. She specializes in sensory integration and self-regulation strategies for children and young people, and their implementation in home, school, and community settings. She holds advanced training and certification in Integrated Listening Systems, and is a Certified Screener for Irlen Syndrome/Scotopic Sensitivity. Lauren is the author of The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control and How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control, both published by JKP. Lauren is also a contributing author to Autism Parenting Magazine and blogs at www.awesomeandincontrol.com