Special Needs Book Review
Special Needs Book Review highly recommends How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L. Adults will value Part 2 written for Parents with tips to make the most of the strategies and activities. Here they will find guidelines how to approach each section of the book and lots of photocopiable or downloadable resources that can be laminated and used many times. There are super power charts, reinforcers, certificates and reminder tools to support children in upholding superhero strategies after the book has been read.
Sue Larkey, Author, Teacher, International Speaker
A fantastic book full of easy to implement strategies for school and home. Proactive strategies that make emotional management (self control) fun, accessible and achievable! I love the timesaver with proformas and pictures ready to use. Recommend used for whole class and family!
Dr. Frederick B. Covington, OTD
A superhero to rival all other superheroes! We are all in need of heroes. None more than those that have difficulties with managing frustrations, anxiety, anger, emotional regulation, and the ins and outs of sensory processing. Lauren Brukner stands at the forefront of her profession and presents this book as a beacon of hope and a positive force in the lives of both children and the adults that care for them. By breaking down and simplifying such complex issues into small digestible bits, the text is instantly entertaining and enlightening all at once.
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.
Beverly Moskowitz, DOT, MS OTR/L FAOTA, CEO at Real OT Solutions, Inc.
Lauren Brukner's relatable narrative and pictures put words to charged emotions and feelings, empowering students with strategies to conquer them... Be prepared to "Throw your Worries Away!"
Alice Cruttwell, Shropshire Public Health Curriculum Advisor, author of the award winning Shropshire Respect Yourself programme and key contributor to the PSHE Association primary Mental Health curriculum
This book places the child in charge, providing them with tools and strategies. It uses a superhero figure to guide the child, giving them useful, practical and fun ways of coping and managing, helping them in turn to become their own self-help genie, find their inner guru, and become their own expert, feeling instructor.
Lindsey Biel, OTR/L, author of Sensory Processing Challenges: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens, and co-author of Raising a Sensory Smart Child
This is a super book for empowering kids, teens, and even adults with real-life power tools for managing frustration, anxiety, anger, sensory challenges and more!