SIMON SUCKS HIS TOES children’s book
CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATH: ORAL HABIT Series
As your child grows older, are you afraid they may never grow out of that pesky finger-sucking habit?
As an experienced orofacial myologist and dental hygienist, I have seen my fair share of these habits in little ones (and some not so little).
Unfortunately, finger-sucking habits can be difficult to kick, since they often become part of the child’s daily routine and a tool for self-comfort.
When parents call my practice, they’re often at their wits’ end. They either don’t know how to bring up the subject to their child, or they feel like they’ve tried everything without success.
There are many common tools and techniques to discourage finger-sucking habits, but if your child is not ready to quit, an attempt to push them through the process may do more harm than good. A failed quit attempt may make your child feel less in control of their habit.
Most quitting attempts fail for one of two reasons:
(1) the child was not ready to quit
(2) there was no plan . . .
. . . and for that, I have a solution.
Let me introduce you to Simon the three-toed sloth . . . a relatable little pal!
When I authored Simon Sucks His Toes, I wanted to create an inclusive book that could be enjoyed by all children with finger-sucking habits. That’s why our books are gender neutral.
In this unique children’s book, your child will accompany Simon on a choose-your-own-adventure-style journey. Your child will help Simon by making decisions on his behalf concerning whether or not he will continue or stop sucking his toes. This provides a zero-pressure way to bring awareness to your child’s sucking habit and to initiate a conversation.
This book was strategically designed to be read at the reader’s own pace. It educates and gently empowers the reader to make “good” decisions for Simon throughout. It will also not discourage the reader from making “wrong” decisions, reinforcing a sense of self-control over the habit. If Simon is not ready to quit his habit right now, he will have plenty of opportunities later on—and lots of help too!
I encourage you to read this book with your child. Praise and encourage them to make good decisions for Simon, and in turn, themselves.
After helping Simon, children are given the opportunity to develop a quitting plan for their own oral habits.
This book also includes a foreword with nuggets of information that can be helpful for adults who read this book along with a child. Parents, pediatricians, dentists, dental hygienists, and orofacial myologists are sure to enjoy this book just as much as the children.
“This book was a great breakdown of what a habit elimination program should provide for a client. I found it very easy to follow. I feel that it would be a great addition to my therapies that I offer with a different spin on what I already do. I look forward to sharing this great resource with the next client I need to do a habit elimination program with to help them quit when they are ready.”
-Kristin Good, M.Ed, QOM
This book is perfect for kids who are ready (or even if they are not ready!) to give up sucking their fingers or thumbs. It is interactive, giving kids ideas of how to stop, and it give the kids a sense of responsibility when they decide to stop sucking their thumbs. Super cute illustrations too!
I am a myofunctional therapist and dental hygienist and have already recommended this book, I plan to buy more to keep in my office for those who are ready to give up their thumb sucking habit.
-Jessica Glover, RDH, COM®
I think you will give it 👍👍 too!
Order this must-have book today and get quitting!
Other books in the series are coming soon.
Free downloadable cupcake toppers and certificate of completion!
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