How to be a Superhero Called Self Control: Super Powers to help younger children to regulate their emotions and senses by Lauren Brukner

Meet Self-Control, a superhero who wants to teach young children his super powers of self-control! Anxiety, frustration, anger, and other difficult feelings won’t stand a chance against their new-found powers.

Self-Control teaches children with emotional and sensory regulation difficulties aged approximately 4-7 how to calm themselves using self-massage, deep pressure, breathing exercises, and activities such as making an imaginary list and finding their own peaceful place. This illustrated book also features an appendix with photocopiable super power charts, reinforcers, and reminder tools to ensure that parents, teachers, and other professionals can support children in upholding superhero strategies even after the book has been read.


Lauren Brukner is a Senior Occupational Therapist and published author who lives in New Jersey with my husband and three children, ages 8, 7, and 5. She works in the NYC Department of Education.

Lauren is a published author with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and has appeared as a guest on The Autism Show, The Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s School-Home Connection, and The Matt Townsend Show.

Her books have been listed as resources on websites such as Real Simple Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Psych Central, Marie Claire, Everyday Health, AOL’s Health and Wellness, MSN Health,,,, and Friendship Circle, as well as numerous school district curricula around the world. Her second and third books recently won the Mom’s Choice Award-gold seal.

Lauren specializes in sensory integration and self-regulation strategies for children and young people, and their implementation in home, school, and community settings.

Lauren holds advanced training and certification in Integrated Listening Systems, and is a Certified Screener for Irlen Syndrome/Scotopic Sensitivity.

Lauren is the author of the following books with JKP:

“The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses” (JKP-July 2014).

“How to Be a Superhero Called Self-Control!: Super Powers to Help Younger Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses” (JKP-November 2015)-winner of the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Seal.

“Stay Cool and In Control with the Keep-Calm Guru: Wise Ways for Children to Regulate their Emotions and Senses (JKP-September, 2016)-winner of the Mom’s Choice Award Gold Seal.

“Self-Control to the Rescue!: Super Powers to Help Kids Through the Tough Stuff in Everyday Life” (JKP-6/21/2017).

“Simple Stuff to Get Kids Self-Regulating in School: Awesome and In Control Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and Strategies for Learning” (JKP 6/21/18)

She is a contributing writer to the Huffington Post and Autism Parenting Magazine, and blogs at

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