Listening to My Body is an engaging and interactive picture book that introduces children to the practice of paying attention to their bodies. Through a combination of story and simple experiential activities, it guides them through the process of noticing and naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them, helping to build on their capacity to engage mindfully, self-regulate and develop a deeper sense of well-being.
From “buzzing” and “tingly” to “wiggly” and “squirmy”, Listening to My Body gives children the vocabulary to name their sensations and cultivates the message that whatever they are experiencing is okay. Putting these concepts into practice will help children get better at figuring out what they need to show care and kindness for themselves, especially when they experience difficult emotions.
Listening to My Body is a wonderful resource for parents, counselors and teachers!
In Listening to My Body, Gabi has created the perfect accompaniment for parents, teachers and practitioners who are helping children learn mindfulness and calming practices. This easy to use storybook will surely captivate the child’s imagination as they embark on a beautiful mindful journey of discovering how their body and mind connect in order to make their world feel more peaceful. As your child begins safely exploring their inner world, practicing and demystifying sensations and feelings, you will find that they will latch on to a few new favorite tools they can conjure up during emotional storms.
Listening to my Body immerses your child in a fun, sensory experience, which propels them on their journey of mastering self-regulation skills. They will discover and you will delight in how quickly they will be able to master techniques they will use for the rest of their lives. You may even find yourself seeking out this colorful and quite captivating guidebook on a particularly stressful day!
—Kathy Morgan, LPC, LSSP
Listening to My Body is a great read for parents, teachers and kids. This wonderfully written and colorfully illustrated book helps children to identify their bodily responses, sensations and feelings. Thus, helping kids find ways to calm themselves, focus and express their needs. And, these lessons are presented in ways that the reader, both child and adult, can practice these skills!
—Seanna Crosbie, LCSW, Director of Program Services for Austin Child Guidance Center
Mindfulness does not have to be hard to learn, nor practice! Listening to my Body is a nice tool that teaches engagement between adult and child with fun interactive exercises. A definite recommendation for parents and teachers and therapists.
—Kim Bird, Therapist
About the Author:
Gabi Garcia is mama, licensed professional counselor, and former teacher who believes that empowering children to tune into and trust their bodies is a lifelong gift. She agrees that we teach what we most need to learn, and she always has better days when she listens to her body.
Gabi works as special education counselor serving K-12 students. When she is not busy keeping up with her spirited and precocious daughter, you can find her working on her next story. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.