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My Mouth is a Volcano

Book: My Mouth Is a Volcano!

Author: Julia Cook

Illustrator: Carrie Hartman

Age: preschool, elementary school

Description: Louis is a “blurter” and constantly interrupting others and speaking when he should listen or raise his hand. His mother comes up with a simple strategy to help limit his volcanic eruptions.

Goals/Concepts:

  • Impulse control
  • Self-regulation
  • Patience (or impatience)
  • Sensory regulation
  • Empathy
  • Perspective taking
  • Social Skills
  • Reading Body Language

Why I like this book: The story is told from the perspective of Louis, the “erupter”, and is presented in an understanding, realistic light. Children easily relate to this story and are therefore, more willing to work on solving the “problem”.

Ideas for use:

  • Good book to read to a group or classroom of kids to identify the problem. The kids will laugh through the first reading at the entertaining illustrations.
  • As you read the book a second time, discuss how each character is feeling, (e.g. teacher, Louis, classmates, other interrupters). Use thinking bubbles and speaking bubbles to help.
  • Point out body language of characters and “why”
  • Engage kids in a discussion about how they feel when they are interrupted.
  • Many kids talk about their fear of forgetting what they want to say if they don’t “blurt” it out. Work on strategies with them to help them remember.
  • Remind kiddos to wait for a “pause,” raise a hand, etc.
  • Address the physical wiggling, jumping up, and sounds kids make when they interrupt. Provide sensory and motor activities to help their bodies remain calm (e.g. deep breathing, move-‘n-sit cushion, squeeze ball).

Submitted by:  Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L   and  Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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