Self-Control to the Rescue! …to Help Kids Through Tough Stuff By Lauren Brukner

Self-Control to the Rescue! …to Help Kids Through Tough Stuff By Lauren Brukner

Are the children in your care in need of a little boost of self-control? Is it difficult for your child to slow down, unwind and  have a restful sleep? Have you run out of ways to encourage your child to get up and face another grueling day at school? We have a gem of a book to recommend. Self-Control to the Rescue! Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life by Lauren Brukner! The mom-author tells her young readers, “Happier you–happier family”! Truer words were never written 🙂

The team at Special Needs Book Review congratulates Lauren Brukner on her fourth self-help guide book for kids. We love Ms. Brukner’s books and have reviewed each one. Find the links to these reviews and where to buy them at the end of this post.

Self-Control to the Rescue! is a hardcover book for kids aged seven through twelve at a  2 – 7 grade level. Illustrated by Apsley, this resource is packed with simple strategies to help kids stay in control. The book is divided into two parts, one for kids and one for adults. The first part teaches simple strategies to tackle the difficult emotions and challenges of everyday life. From the morning routine to making friends at recess, paying attention in class and getting a good night’s sleep.  This guide will help children stay on track and save the day!

Focusing on specific times of the day that present particular challenges, the book uses illustrations and simple language to describe breathing exercises, stretching, and visualization techniques to help children keep calm and in control. Suitable for all children, but especially those with sensory and emotional regulation difficulties, this is an accessible guide with extra tips and resources for parents, educators or therapists.

Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L is a Senior Occupational Therapist and published author of 3 books suitable for children with sensory and emotional regulation difficulties aged approximately 7-14 years.Lauren’s experience being a mom to three young children and working as a Senior Occupational Therapist and evaluator in the NYC Department of Education shines through in each book. She knows how to relate to her young readers. Her books are interactive as she speaks directly to the child reading or listening to the book. The reader is even asked to do certain actions like, “You rock! Wiggle your shoulders…” ” Please touch your right elbow if you have trouble paying attention…”

Self-Control Coins

In this book, Lauren tells her readers that for each strategy they do the right way, they will earn a “Self-Control Coin”.  As the child learns each strategy and implements it into his/her daily life, he/she can color in a coin on the chart which is downloadable. The adult may want to pair this with a small token reinforcement.

The goal for the reader is to get 15 such coins to graduate as an official “Self-Control Super-Hero” able to rescue kids from tough situations. The reader learns of fifteen children facing a distressing situation. Once the child’s problem is explained, the author gets the reader pumped to find solutions for this child: “Anyway, for now, let’s help Charlie. We can’t give him back his night of sleep. He has to get to school. Let’s make it easier for him to get out of bed, right? Are you ready? Wiggle your fingers four times, and blink twice to show me you’re pumped. Ok!”


Excerpts from Part 1 of  Self-Control to the Rescue!: Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life 

Ok, guys. We’re going to learn super-powers while helping fellow
kids who are facing trouble:
• sleeping
• waking up
• paying attention
• with friends
• at recess and lunch.

When you do the strategy the right way—trust me, I’m watching—you
save the day for that kid.

I know they will thank you for it.

You will also earn a Self-Control Coin.

Once you earn all 15 coins, you graduate and are an official SelfControl
Super-Hero—able to rescue kids from tough situations that we
will practice (with your grown-up’s permission, of course).

Push your hands together, and let’s dive into the book. Self-Controls
to the rescue!


 

Super-Power #8: Focus on One Detail

It’s pouring buckets outside. The class gives a collective groan as the teacher announces that it will have to be indoor recess. The recess teacher sets up tables, and assigns children to different stations. Every noise feels extra loud; every kid feels extra close as classmates try to let out extra energy in the confines of the classroom. Julie feels like she wants to shrink into herself. She moves from table to table, but everybody is too loud, too close. There is nowhere in the classroom to go to take space and have quiet, like her teacher and occupational therapist have taught her. She feels trapped!

Don’t worry Julie—we are here to save the day! This new strategy is super-simple. I happen to use it when I get overwhelmed. Yes, just because I’m a super-hero doesn’t mean I’m not human!

About Part 2 for Adults

Caregivers will find two chapters:

  1. For Parents: Simple Adjustments to Your Existing Morning and Evening Routines to Make Those “Ahhh!” Moments Go More Smoothly!
  2. For Educators and Therapists: Tangibles and Supports for Kids to Make These Strategies More Concrete and Transfer into Everyday Life

Some of the charts and visual schedules can be downloaded.

The end of the book has

  • Appendix 1: Self-Control Gold Coin Reward Chart 90
  • Appendix 2: Reminder Bracelets 92
  • Appendix 3: Morning Routines 95
  • Appendix 4: Homework Routines 98
  • Appendix 5: Evening Routines 101
  • Appendix 6: Desk Strip/Table Strip Reminders 106
  • Appendix 7: Self-Control Certificate for 1 Super-Power 109
  • Appendix 8: Self-Control Diploma for All 15 Super-Powers 111

There is a downloadable version of the schedule at the end of the book, which can be downloaded at www.jkp.com/catalogue/book/9781785927591

Congrats Lauren Brukner!

The team at Special Needs Book Review made up of parents and grandparents  congratulates Lauren Brukner for her series of books that are so helpful for kids to learn self-control. Many children have trouble regulating themselves and they suffer for it. These are the children that often have aggressive behavior problems, trouble making and keeping friends, and are also more likely to experience anxiety and depression. Ms. Brukner’s books foster self discipline in children and gives them life-skills that will help them succeed in school, with their social life, and their future careers.

About the Author:

Lauren Brukner is a Senior Occupational Therapist and published author who lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children, ages 9, 8, and 6. She currently works as a Senior Occupational Therapist and evaluator in the NYC Department of Education, and provides consultative services relating to self-regulation.

Lauren is a published author with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and has appeared as a guest on The Autism Show, TheStay Cool and In Control with the Keep-Calm Guru: Wise Ways for Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s School-Home Connection, and The Matt Townsend Show. Her books have been listed as resources on websites such as Real Simple Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Psych Central, Marie Claire, Everyday Health, AOL’s Health and Wellness, MSN Health, Mothering.com, About.com, InOurHands.com, Scarymommy.com, and Friendship Circle, as well as numerous school district curricula around the world. Her second and third books recently won the Mom’s Choice Award-gold seal.

Lauren 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/Scoptic Sensitivity.

Lauren is a contributing author to Huffington Post and Autism Parenting Magazine.

To message for consultations, webinars, and speeches and to follow Lauren Brukner:

How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses (Dec 21 2015) winner of the Mom's Choice Award Gold Seal.READ Also:

 

Buy books by Lauren Brukner, MS, OTR/L.

The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses (July, 2014)

  • Self-Control to the Rescue!: Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life ( June 21, 2017)  Amazon.com  Amazon.ca
  • Stay Cool and In Control with the Keep-Calm Guru: Wise Ways for Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses September 21, 2016 winner of the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Seal Amazon.com Amazon.ca
  • How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses (Dec 21 2015) winner of the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Seal. Amazon.com  Amazon.ca 
  • The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses (July, 2014)  Amazon.com   Amazon.ca

This post was written by Lorna
Lorna d’Entremont: Co-owner of SentioLife Solutions, Ltd. the company behind KidCompanions Chewelry (2007) and SentioCHEWS (2013), mother of three, grandma of 5 and wife. She is a retired teacher and special needs advocate. Throughout she has taught all levels from grade 2 to grade 9. Lorna loved teaching and enjoyed seeing the students progress in the school system. During her 30 year career she took a few years off to raise her three children.
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