About Soothing Sammy

What is it?

Does your child ever have a meltdown or tantrum?

 Soothing Sammy teaches children:

  1. How to identify their feelings when they are overwhelmed.
  2. How to process their emotions in a positive way.
  3. Simple way to problem solve, preventing frustration in the future.

Soothing Sammy is easy for children to understand and simple for parents to implement!

What is included: 

Soothing Sammy Set includes 4 Components:

  1. Soothing Sammy Children's Book
  2. Soothing Sammy Parent Guide
  3. Soothing Sammy Plush Dog
  4. Feelings Activities E-Book

How does it work? Follow these 6 simple steps: 

Step 1: Complete the Emotions & Feelings Activities (Ebook) with your child. 

The "Emotions and Feelings" Activities include playful games and activities that teach children how to identify and describe feelings in themselves and others. There are so many different feelings and it is hard for children to put those feelings into words. These activities teach emotion vocabulary and positive ways to communicate feelings to others. (This Digital E-Book will be sent to you immediately upon purchase.)

These activities include movement and interactive games such as:

    • "Excited vs. Surprised"
    • "Angry March"
    • "Sunny Side Up Wiggle"
    • "Emotion Patterning"
    • and so much more!

* Note: All activities utilize items/materials typically found in the home (no need to buy more stuff to complete these activities.)

Step 2: Read Soothing Sammy book with your child.

The colorful photos and simple story is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary aged children. In the story, children who are upset visit Sammy, a golden retriever, at his dog house. Sammy shows his friends, how calm down with items he has in his home. The items Sammy uses resemble typical household items (including a child's cup, a washcloth, a crunchy snack, a picture and more). Once calm, Sammy and his human friends ask the children questions to help them identify their feelings, find out why they are mad and develop a solution to the problem.  Using these sensory-rich calm-down strategies, your child will learn:

  • How to process emotions.
  • How to communicate feelings.
  • How to problem-solve.
  • How to use their sensory system to calm down

To learn more about sensory-based calming strategies, visit our Soothing Sammy FAQ's page.

Step 3: Build Sammy's House.

The children’s book includes instructions on how to help your child build a house for Sammy (resembling Sammy's house the children visit in the book) using an empty box. 

Step 4: Furnish Sammy's House.

With your child, fill the house (from step 3) with simple calming items described in the book (such as a wash cloth, empty cup, crunchy snack, a family photo and more). Place Sammy the plush dog (included in the kit) into his new home. This machine washable Sammy Plush dog (11.5” L x 3”W x 10” H), encourages children to implement the calm down strategies they learned in the book. 

*Note: The Sammy Plush dog is safe for children ages 2 years old an up.

Step 5: Read Parent Guide. 

This 80-page parent guide teaches you how to prevent your child from becoming frustrated in everyday situations (such as transition times, sharing space and toys, listening and following directions, going on a long car ride, etc.) This book contains activities, instructions and parent reflection sections.

Step 6: Gently Encourage Your Child to Use Sammy's House.

If your child becomes upset, redirect them to Sammy house (in Step 4), encouraging them to use the materials in his house to calm down. Once calm, read the Soothing Sammy together.  Use the questions at the end of the story to help your child identify why they are mad, how to fix the problem and how to prevent it from happening again in the future!

The Soothing Sammy Kit teaches children how to manage their emotions in a way they will understand, remember and implement. The children's book, along with Sammy the plush dog, emotion activities and parent guide, creates a complementary set of tools that supports your child's emotional development. Sammy's techniques give children the confidence to manage their emotions.

For answers to common questions, visit our Soothing Sammy FAQ page.

“Parenting is hard work! Children do not come with instructions, so knowing how to handle their emotional needs is so hard. Thanks to Soothing Sammy I am better equipped to help my children through their melt-downs and tantrums. Since grabbing this set I have seen not only a difference in my children but a difference in how I handle them in the hard moments. I definitely recommend this set to every parent.” – Stephanie

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About the Author :

Jeana Kinne, MA is an Early Childhood Developmental Specialist. She has worked as a parent educator, Preschool Director and Early Intervention Specialist with children with special needs. She loves working with families, providing them with solutions to common parenting concerns, resulting in stress-free parenting!