Practicing Mindfulness: Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo’s Activity and Coloring Book for Kids- A Review

Let Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo and her friends help your child learn and practice mindfulness skills in this highly interactive activity and coloring book. Emma Lou, with the help of Gigi the Ginormous Giraffe and all her friends, want to help children remember ways to be mindful. A variety of activities will help children sharpen their mindfulness skills. Children will:
  • Follow a maze to Gigi’s house
  • Color in pictures to go with each lesson
  • Learn a breathing technique
  • Practice being present
  • Try a crossword puzzle about feelings and much more!
  • Have fun and remember to be mindful from start to finish!
“This book will be a helpful tool for the therapist or school counselor who uses directive approaches. The activities are easy to introduce and scaffold mindfulness opportunities for children and their families. It can be used as a standalone intervention or integrated with other therapeutic approaches.” –Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, MA, RP, RCT, CT, trauma, loss and attachment clinical specialist
“Through a variety of fun and insightful exercises, Kim Larkins’ Practicing Mindfulness offers children the gift of cultivating awareness and the beautiful magic that awaits them in the present.” –Aimee Ruland, author of Float: A Guide to Letting Go 
“An important and engaging resource! This book is a must-have for therapists, caregivers, teachers and anyone who hopes to share with children the gift of mindfulness. With playful, succinct dialogue and delightful drawings, this book will be cherished by children and adults alike!” –Jillian Kelly-Wavering, LCSW, RPT-S, author of My Grief is Like the Ocean 
“The Practicing Mindfulness activity book follows a progression of knowing how to become present, how our body sensations communicate with us and how to create compassion for ourselves and others. The simplicity of the activity book makes it accessible for different age ranges and is a space for creativity to shine. ” –Lindsey Frank, M.Ed., president of the Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully (COSEM), author of The Superpower of Your Heart 
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About the author
Kim Larkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice. For the past thirty years, Kim has dedicated her career working with children and families in the mental health and human services field. Most recently, Kim has worked in educational settings focused on the development of mindfulness skills in the classroom. Research shows that mindfulness in education improves attention, emotional regulation, compassion for self and others, and overall well-being for both students and teachers. Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo will introduce parents, therapists, educators and children to some of the many benefits of a mindfulness practice.
Kim has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maine. She is also licensed in Maine where she works and lives. Kim has two adult children, Sarah and Theron and two grandchildren, Guyer and Giavanna. She enjoys travel, music, quilting, and the serenity and pleasures found in nature. You can contact her by email at kimlarkinslcsw@gmail.com or on Facebook @kim.larkins.author.
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I have read and reviewed other books with Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo in them. This one really caught my eye because I have a grandchild who has had a traumatic upbringing. Sometimes he gets frustrated and doesn’t know how to deal with his frustration. A lot of this is just being a boy but some comes from his background. He joined my family as a foster child. His family life was not spectacular. I cannot wait to send this book – maybe more than one copy – on to him. I am sure his parents will love the book also. I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

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