The My Feelings Matter book was created from my heart for my Son Hudson.
Huddy has High Functioning Autism and communicating feelings is something that we have had to work on together. Through working on this he has absolutely thrived! Sharing how he is feeling does not come easy and has been the cause of many hard days over the years.
It can be the smallest most simple thing to us but to children it can be incredibly hard to find the words or opportunity to speak to us. Once they are given this opportunity with a book like My Feelings Matter, they can learn to tell us and it can reduce anxiety, fear, stutters, meltdowns in their tracks. I have had first hand experience with this.
It is my belief that all children want to share about their feelings but just don't have the skills on how to start. Often we adults don't either. This book is to help us parents, teachers, therapist's and carers to help children recognise and name feelings. We often forget how little these people are and that they are learning feelings sometimes for the very first time.
Visual images like the friendly and simple illustrations created for our book by Tamara Hackett are a great start. Children can now become familiar with different feelings, emotions and even senses.
Our book works by having your child point to the picture if they are unable to verbally communicate or struggle in this area. You may ask your child to flip through and find a picture on how they feel. Often they may not know until they see a visual.
The My Feelings Matter book has sections "how I am feeling" and "how you can help". Becoming aware and mindful of how our children may be feeling will be an amazing help in your families and children's life.
I truly can't wait to see how our little book is received out into the world. My wish is that it helps families everywhere communicate easier & for us all to learn how important emotions are.
Much love Sara.