Top positive review
Helpful for kids, parents and teachers
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2016
I was looking for a book to help my kids find ways to be able to handle their emotions and calm themselves when needed. I had heard good things about this book from friends, and I have been pleased so far. The book is laid out in two parts, a kid section and adult section. The kids’ section is very easy to read, with drawings to go along with the explanations of the ‘body breaks’ (the physical techniques suggested to bring the body back to feeling ‘just right’). The author explains how to label feelings, and which techniques work best for each feeling (‘fast and wiggly’, ‘fast and emotional’, and ‘slow and tired’). The kids love the drawings and the explanations for each feeling. Some activities are smaller and can be done anywhere (like giving yourself a hug, bubble breath, palm push, etc.). The others involve larger movements (crab walk, wall push), and some are for kids who like tactile things, such as using cushions or manipulatives). There is a nice mix of options, which would work for different temperaments and needs.
The adult section is fairly short and discusses tips for parents and has a more scientific section explaining the major sensory systems of the body. There are checklists and activities to use with kids, either in a home or classroom setting (which is great for both homeschooling parents and teachers).
Both my 5 year old and 9 year can understand what to do and have enjoyed reading the book. My younger child gets easily frustrated at times, and this book has been helpful for him. We label how he is feeling, and without my prompting, he has sat down with the book and looked over the pictures and decided which technique he wants to use. Sometimes they work, other times they don’t, but overall this book has been helpful when it comes to labeling emotions and giving options for calming oneself. I would recommend it.
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