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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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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 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