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 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.
You can then read the sections "How I am feeling" and "how you can help" and go from there. 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.