A Peek Inside the Resource Cupboard: 5 of Our Favourite Books for Self-Regulation

Open our resource cupboard and you will find shelves full of books! Story books are one of the best ways to teach and reinforce concepts to kids.  You’ll be amazed at what they can understand when information is delivered in a clear, simple and fun way.

A few of our favourites…

1. Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids 

Author: Carol McCloudHave you filled a bucket today

This heartfelt book teaches kids the importance of kindness.  We love using this book when we are teaching empathy.  It is wonderful for reinforcing how our actions and words can impact the emotions of those around us.

2. Fear Factor (from the Ant Patrol Series)

Authors: Dr Deberea Sherlock and Aisling MulvihillFear factor

If you have a child who battles with anxiety or negative self-talk this is a great book to have in your collection.  We use this book to assist kids to reinforce how to develop resilience and use a positive mindset to overcome challenges.

3. Size of the Problem: Dinosaur Birthday Party (from the We Thinkers Series, Volume 2)

Authors: Ryan Hendrix, Kari Zweber Palmer, Nancy Tarshis and Michelle Garcia Winnersize of the problem

This book is helpful for working with kids who tend to overreact when they encounter tiny problems.  This book clearly outlines what expected reactions would be to different sized problems. It helps kids learn to identify when they might be able to solve issues themselves and when they might need to ask for help from adults.

4. The Red Beast

Author: Kay Al-Ghanired beast

If you have a strong-willed child, this one is for you.  Lots of kids find it challenging to keep their emotions in check when things don’t work out their way.  The Red Beast is an excellent story for discussing anger and developing strategies to calm down.

5. Homemade Books to Help Kids Cope: An Easy to Lean Technique for Parents and Professionals

Author: Robert ZieglerHomemade books to help kids cope

Of course, there will never be a book that fits every child perfectly. This book gives step by step examples and templates to make it easy to learn how to write your own simple stories to help kids problem solve how to cope with whatever situation they might currently be struggling with.

Happy reading!

Kate Kleinau- Occupational Therapistkate headshot


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