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How to Surf the Waves

A Social and Emotional Regulation Curriculum

This book is a curriculum for elementary and middle school students on social and emotional regulation. Using the metaphor of waves of emotions, plus themed lessons that explore the ocean, waves, and how to "surf," kids will begin to master social and emotional awareness and control and eventually become experienced "surfers." Although the material and activities were made for children, this is a valuable resource for all educators, parents, occupational therapists, mental health professionals, and neurodivergent people of all ages. 

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Meet the Author 

Tracey DeMaria, OTD, OTR/L, is an accomplished occupational therapist with a strong dedication to promoting regulation skills. She obtained a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from Misericordia University and an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University.

With over two decades of experience in the field and advanced training in sensory integration and mental health, Tracey currently serves as an occupational therapist in the Phillipsburg School District and is an adjunct professor in the occupational therapy master's program at Moravian University.

Proudly neurodiverse and a passionate advocate for disability rights and mental health, Tracey remains committed to helping individuals of all ages and neurotypes learn the power of regulation.

"As a Special Education teacher, I found How To Surf the Waves to be an excellent resource for any parent or educator looking for ways to help their child or student to deal with anxiety, stress, and other strong emotions. The book begins with a clear and concise explanation of some complex issues (such as brain functions, sensory integration, and learning theory) but then transitions quickly into a set of very practical teaching tools, using the metaphor of "riding the waves" of stress into the "calm waters" of self-regulation. The book is crisply edited so as to be highly readable and immediately useful."

- Jeff Jacobs

Amazon Reviewer

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