Artist: Karelien Kriel
Number of pages: 38 (Drawn with love!)
Do you want to take your mind off things, just calm down or just have some colourful fun? Then get this book and start colouring!
This book isn’t only for people with autism, but for any person who enjoys colouring in – as the markeT calls it – adult clouring books.
THIS IS THE SAME BOOK UNDER DIFFERENT HEADING IN THE SHOP. MAKE SURE TO PUT ONLY ONE IN YOUR BASKET.
Page 1 – Cover. ASD umbrella
Page 2 – In the moment. Now. That’s where you are when you are colouring in.
Page 3 – Mistakes are good. That’s how you learn. This is a Karelien Kriel (and a Thinking Tools) philosophy. It’s okay to make mistakes or colour over the lines 🙂
Page 4 – Perfect is boring.
Page 5 – Fire in the belly. When you are angry and have tantrums.
Page 6 – Calm as a palm. How you become after you were angry. Calming wind in the belly. Part of S.P.E.L.L
Page 7 – Just breathe. We all need to stop and just take a moment before we go on. Part of S.P.E.L.L – Sensory regulation
Page 8 – Use your quiet voice. For every time you or someone else raise their voice. Part of S.P.E.L.L – low volume and arousal
Page 9 – Honesty, keep it real. For the little white lies. Rather tell the truth, no matter how bad it is.
Page 10 – Pet your pet. Animals teach children about unconditional love, responsibility and it calms kids / adults down and put both the pet and the human in another headspace. Part of S.P.E.L.L – I think pets are part of links
Page 11 – Psychologist – no autism, or for that matter, “normal” person can do without one! Part of S.P.E.L.L – Links
Page 12 – Safe space. Every person needs one. Pun – pic shows space ship and planets. Part of S.P.E.L.L
Page 13 – Structure and Planning. Every person needs daily routines. Part of S.P.E.L.L – Planning and Predictability
Page 14 – Empathy. It’s something your pet or other people must teach you to be aware of. Part of S.P.E.L.L
Page 15 – School accommodations. Part of S.P.E.L.L
Page 16 – Meds, brain function better. Don’t hide or skip your meds. Your brain needs it to function properly.
Page 17 – Sensory regulation. Part of S.P.E.L.L
Page 18 – Sleep. Banking some energy. Part of S.P.E.L.L
Page 19 – Family teamwork. Go! Everybody needs to do their part – especially in the morning, so everybody can get to work and school on time. Part of S.P.E.L.L – links
Page 20 – Good choices. Learn to make good choices instead of bad ones
Page 21 – Jaco’s morning. Yes; normal voice; team player; self-regulate; grateful; zest; wonderful day
Page 22 – Yes (Eng); Ja (Afr); Ewe (isiXhosa); Yebo (isiZulu) Ina (Xitsonga); Ho joalo (Sesotho). This is when parents pray that the day goes the yes-way.
Page 23 – Anger; Rage; Evolve; Calming down; Go slow. This is for the Pokémon generation. An angry child evolves into a calm child. Part of S.P.E.L.L – Sensory regulation
Page 24 – Normal voice. In the Kriel-house we ask to speak in a “normal voice” if someone screams, raise their voice or whine. Part of S.P.E.L.L – Low volume
Page 25 – Unique. Just like your fingerprints and toeprints, you are totally unique. Embrace it.
Page 26 – Patience; one step at a time. Sometimes things are hard. Then we need to break it up into pieces and do one thing at a time.
Page 27 – Hiding; too much. Emje’s page. When things get too overwhelming when you have to study for tests.
Page 28 – Calm your farm. All kids like to rhyme and this is a nice saying by Meryl. Part of S.P.E.L.L – Sensory Regulation
Page 29 – Ukulala (isiZhosa for sleep); rest; shutting down; pun – on/off button. Part of S.P.E.L.L – Sleep
Page 30 – Unwind your mind; a little bit of Picasso art. Part of S.P.E.L.L – Emotional regulation
Page 31 – Calm; go low, low, low, low; quiet. Volume button is turned lower. Part of S.P.E.L.L – low volume
Page 32 – I care. Links with Empathy. Part of S.P.E.L.L
Page 33 – Disappointed. Feels like my heart explodes. This is e.g. in a situation when you want to play something and your sibling doesn’t want to play with you.
Page 34 – Oh my cloud! A little joke. The nicer way of saying OMG (which is not acceptable, even if you aren’t religious)
Page 35 – You are beautiful just the way you are. Full Stop. Because people don’t take this fact in often enough.
Page 36 – Hopefull and Brave. Positive feelings to have. You hope that you will do better in your daily challenges with autism and you are brave enough to do it every day.
Page 37 – Colour is the spice of life. That is why we colour in. It brightens our day.
Page 38 – Artist’s page