Little People-Big Emotions
Have you ever wondered why young children who experience “BIG” emotions respond with actions? Sometimes children throw objects (that they are frustrated with), hit the toddler sitting next to them (because they are in their space) or run the other direction when mom says it’s time to leave the park.
As a parent, what do you do in these situations?
The initial response I hear from parents and teachers are: “I try to talk to them, but I am not sure if they understand me.”
Are you confused, upset and tired of trying to figure out the most productive way to communicate with your child in a way they can understand, especially if they have communication and cognitive delays?
So what is the answer?
Did you know that 93% of communication is non-verbal?
Through my experience working with children who have a variety of developmental delays, I have learned how important visual, hands-on tools are when communicating (especially when it has to do with emotional supports).
Solutions for Parents
Hi! My name is Jeana and I am the author and creator of Soothing Sammy. I have worked with children in a variety of capacities including Preschool and Early Intervention services. I know how hard it is to support emotional development in children with communication, sensory and speech delays.
After spending over 15 years working with children, I couldn’t find anything written for children that teaches emotional competency in a practical, hands-on way. I want children to learn this skill - in a way that speaks to them, helping them independently take charge of their feelings. This is why I created the “Soothing Sammy Kit.”
Soothing Sammy teaches children how to process their feelings, identify their emotions and problem solve in a way that is EASY for children to understand and SIMPLE for parents to implement! It teaches children how to use their own sensory system with visual, tactical and sensory tools that can be found around a home.
Soothing Sammy is a golden retriever. Throughout the children’s book, children visit Sammy's house. Sammy allows the children to use different items he has in his home to calm down. These items directly affect a different component of their sensory system, helping them regulate their bodies and emotions. At the end of the book, there are four pages that describe all of the sensory components addressed by the items in Sammy's house (this includes auditory, visual, tactile, gustatory (taste), olfactory (smell), vestibular and proprioceptive) and which objects address each component!
The children’s book includes instructions on how to create a house for Sammy, the plush dog, (resembling the house and dog in the children’s book). These detailed steps describe what household items to place in the house, resembling the calm down items described in the story.
Once the home is built, Sammy, the plush dog (included with the set) lives in the home for your child to visit when they are feeling overwhelmed. Sammy, the dog, is machine washable (11.5” L x 3”W x 10” H) and safe for children ages 2 years old and up.
This tangible component provides your child with a variety of hands-on calm down opportunities, allowing your child to independently self-soothe in a positive way, teaching them life-long anger management skills.
Included in the Set is an 80-page parent guide which includes ideas and strategies on how to incorporate the concepts taught in Soothing Sammy in a variety of community and routine situations (such as sharing, going shopping, riding in the car, eating at restaurants, etc).
Together, this book, stuffed animal and sensory home is a visual reminder for children, prompting them to work through their emotions in a simple way which they have seen and felt.
This set comes with a post-card with a photo of Sammy to place around your home. When your child is upset, hand to or show your child this postcard. This will remind them Soothing Sammy is available to help, without the adult having to "talk to them" while they are mad.
To support a child with a speech delay (either expressive or receptive), take some photos of the items you are going to place in the Sammy House. Allow your child to point to these objects if they are unable to request what they want.
Providing your child with a choice board may also help them in instances where they are feeling frustrated. Place photos of two or three calming items on a choice board will help them feel less overwhelmed then showing them all of the items they could use. There are many examples of choice boards online.
Don't underestimate the power of "Real Pictures". Throughout the day, show your child pictures or videos of them completing the calming activities! Watching themselves using the items reinforces how they support their feelings and make them feel better. You may want to place these pictures in Sammy's house!
Once your child becomes verbal, there a section in Sammy's book that helps children work through identifying why they were feeling overwhelmed and how to prevent it from happening again.
The Soothing Sammy Kit teaches children how to manage their emotions in a way they will understand, remember and implement. The children's book, along with Sammy the plush dog and parent guide, create a complementary set of tools that support your child's emotional development. Sammy's techniques give children the confidence to manage their emotions.
To learn more about all of our Soothing Sammy options, click here!
How has this helped REAL People?
Reviews from parents of children with developmental delays:
Soothing Sammy has been great for our family, especially my son with Autism.
I purchased Soothing Sammy to start working with my (almost) 3-year-old on identifying emotions and learning to soothe. My son was diagnosed with Autism a year ago, and we have to be very intentional when it comes to things like communication and his emotional needs. I had no idea that my 6-year-old would love Sammy so much too.
Sammy is super soft which gives them that lovely sensory input they both need. When my son is upset we go grab Sammy and he holds him. Sometimes, we read him the story too. Last week, my son said "Parker sad!" when I was struggling to understand what he was asking for. His ability to communicate that feeling is a huge breakthrough for us.
I just wished I had ordered two so they wouldn't fight over him so much. 🙂
Excited for Sammy - for my son with Sensory needs.
I order Sammy for my 7-year-old son who sometimes gets angry and has a hard time controlling his emotions. Sammy arrived today and he was very excited to see what he was about. We read the book together and have already talked about how he was going to decorate his home. I am hopeful that this is going to be a great teaching tool for him and that Sammy is going to become a big part of helping him control his emotions. We are very excited to put these new teaching tools into our everyday lives. Sammy is super cute and the book is at a reading level that young children can read on there own.
You can check out Sammy Here
Jeana has generously offered a coupon code to all Beanpost Farmstead readers!
Use coupon code: Save10 to get 10% off of ANY product!
Offer good the entire month of October!
About the Author:
Jeana Kinne, MA
is an Early Childhood Developmental Specialist. She has worked as a parent educator, Preschool Director and Early Intervention Specialist with children with special needs. She loves working with families, providing them with solutions to common parenting concerns, resulting in stress-free parenting! Follow her blog to learn more parenting tips and strategies that support parents navigating through some of the most difficult and puzzling aspects of parenting at www.jdeducational.com
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You can check out Sammy Here
Jeana has graciously offered a discount code for all Beanpost Farmstead readers!
For 10% off of ANY purchase use the discount code: Save10
Offer good the entire month of October!