Barbara's Product Reviews & Giveaways

May 10, 2012 8:49 PM

Sally Simon Simmons' Super Frustrating Day

[ Cheri, Kathryn Judson, and Lisa are the winners of this giveaway. Thank you to The Mother Company for sponsoring it. You can purchase Sally Simon Simmons' Super Frustrating Day at Amazon.]

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As you know, I have four sons with Down syndrome - 3 of whom were adopted after the birth of our son Jonny and his younger sister Maddy.

One resource I really love that is working to provide tools for families like mine is The Mother Company. You might remember that I raved about their invaluable DVD about feelings: The Ruby Show.

They just sent me their newest offering, Sally Simon Simmons' Super Frustrating Day.

One strategy parents and teachers of kids with autism use is using stories with which they can identify to help them deal with the trouble spots in their lives. 

A major trouble spot is the lack of ability to understand and communicate their own feelings, so we are constantly trying to help them learn more about them and how to express them in a way that won't hurt themselves.

This book is superb and deserves a place in the library of every special needs classroom or home affected by autism.  Putting into practice the three R's of successful children's books - rhyme, rhythm and repetition - it tells the story of Sally Simon Simmons' valiant efforts to put together the highest double-decker sandwich she can.  When her first efforts fail, she becomes frustrated, which makes her even less successful. When she finally can understand and accept her feelings, she does better.  But she goes on to accept gracefully that in the end things didn't trun out as well as she wanted.

Actually, this isn't just for autistic kids.  It's really for any kids who could use some help with their feelings.  Remember that children are not abstract thinkers.  When we want to teach them something like this, it must be through stories.

The Mother Company has generously offered three copies of this wonderful book for MommyLife readers.  Please leave a comment for a drawing 5/22.

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This would most certainly be a valuable addition to my library!

Posted by: Carol | May 10, 2012 9:21 PM

We could use this one.

Posted by: Sarah | May 11, 2012 7:06 AM

Thank you for continuing to highlight this company. We have gotten lots of milage out of "The Feelings Show".

Posted by: Denise | May 11, 2012 1:00 PM

This would be great for my six year old who often has frustrating days! Thanks for the opportunity!

Posted by: Cheri C | May 11, 2012 5:20 PM

Sign me up!

Posted by: Danielle | May 11, 2012 5:32 PM

Sounds like it might be a good book for a boy I know. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks.

Posted by: Kathryn Judson | May 11, 2012 5:43 PM

This would be great for my DS son who gets so frustrated when we don't understand what he's saying.

Posted by: Debbie S | May 14, 2012 7:00 PM

I have a son that would benefit greatly from mommy reading this book!

Posted by: Katie | May 14, 2012 10:11 PM

Would love to have this to read with Christian!

Posted by: Shannon Miller | May 15, 2012 1:19 AM

This looks like a great book !

Posted by: dee | May 15, 2012 4:35 PM

I'm entering this for my dear cousin Jennifer, mom to 7 children, at least two of whom have autism spectrum personalities.

Posted by: Michele Mom of 9 | May 15, 2012 10:54 PM

My grandson is almost 8 and his speech limitations frustrate him often. this book sounds like it would be good for all of us.

Posted by: lynne | May 21, 2012 3:15 PM

I have a kiddo who might benefit from this.

Posted by: Lisa | May 21, 2012 4:55 PM

I'm mom to 3 little boys who've had a lot go on in their lives the last 6 months. This would be a great addition to our library.

Posted by: jennie b | May 21, 2012 10:11 PM

Oh wow, I could have used this book this morning! My 4 yr old had a rough start to the day. This looks like a great book for kids.

Posted by: Kristi | May 22, 2012 8:44 AM


Posted by: Kathryn Judson | May 24, 2012 10:01 PM

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