The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner


The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner

Packed with simple ideas to regulate the emotions and senses, this book will help children tackle difficult feelings head-on and feel awesome and in control! From breathing exercises, pressure holds and finger pulls, to fidgets, noise-reducing headphones and gum, the book is brimming with fun stuff to help kids feel cool, calm and collected. They will learn how to label difficult feelings, choose the perfect strategies and tools to tackle them, and use these correctly whether at home or at school. The strategies and tools are accompanied by cartoon-style illustrations, and the author includes useful tips for parents and teachers as well as handy visual charts and checklists to track learning and progress. Armed with this book, kids will be well on their way to managing difficult emotions and feeling just right in whatever situation life throws at them! Suitable for children with emotional and sensory processing difficulties aged approximately 7 to 14 years.


This book is crammed with sensory tools kids can use to feel and function better anywhere, anytime. It helps children recognize what they are feeling - whether they are low arousal and sluggish, overaroused and emotional, or just too hyper - and empowers them with strategies they can use to feel 'just right'. -- Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, co-author of Raising a Sensory Smart Child, and author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens Something for everyone! Great graphics for kids. Illustrated charts for teachers. Helpful hints for parents. Innovative resources for therapists. Truly an awesome compilation of strategies students can use anytime anywhere. No assembly required! -- Beverly H. Moskowitz, DOT OTR/L, CEO at Real OT Solutions, Inc. The Kid's Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control is crucial in helping children pinpoint how they feel so they can implement which methods work best for them to maximize their learning potential and provide everyday comfort. -- Leslie Burby, Author, Advocate, Former Special Educator, Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine A sensational resource for kids, caregivers, teachers, and practitioners! The kid-friendly text empowers the readers to take ownership of their own physical and mental feelings, which is essential for successful therapeutic outcomes. The ingenious toolbox provides a menu of sensory strategies to ensure a just right feeling necessary for healthy and happy living. -- Marie Sherwood Bell, MS, OTR/L, Owner, Novo Advocacy and Consulting LLC This book provides practitioners with a wide and varied menu of imaginative and accessible techniques for helping individual children and young people manage their feelings and behaviour. The emphasis is on physical expression and management, enabling pupils to be in or regain control and focus. The exercises are progressive and a programme can be tailor made to suit the child's needs, ability and different contexts. It would be useful for practitioners, primary and secondary supporting disruptive and anxious children within the school and classroom environment. In Our Hands blog

About the Author

Lauren Brukner is an 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. She blogs at

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112 pages


Lauren Brukner
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Publication date

21st July 2014



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