"I have used the Shine A Light Boards with several of my clients and they loved them so much they went home and ordered copies for their own home use. I am so grateful to Kate for creating this useful tool and I highly recommend it for others!"
-Carrie Heller, MSW, LCSW, RPT
"I am an occupational therapist and a mom of a 7 and 4 year old. The day I came home with the board, an opportunity arose in the house to initiate using it. I presented my melting down 7 year old with the board and within two minutes, both his and my frustration was diffused because he felt like he was being heard and got the strategies and support he needed, and I felt like I had an action plan that was effective and immediate. We both benefited greatly and continue to benefit frequently from this genius tool. I recommend it to all my clients and mommy friends."
-Janine Wiskind, MS, OTR/L
"As an 2nd grade teacher, I found the Shine A Light boards extremely useful to help my students sort through their emotions in the moment. There were times that my class had a different teacher, and I was not there to observe the experience that was upsetting my student(s). Upon their return they would ask for the boards and reflect and work through any emotions that were preventing them from being successful in the moment. I was then able to quickly assess how I could assist the student(s). It is a wonderful tool!"
-Jordan Byrd, teacher
"The Shine A Light tool facilitates calming almost immediately upon use. When an upset student takes the initiative to use their checklist, they are empowering themselves to begin self regulation. As, Dr. Dan Siegel's research explains, when the brain is hijacked with big emotion, the Shine A Light board encourages the use of brain functions (Executive Functions) that can be cultivated in both adults and children in order to avoid ”flipping your lid”. We use the Shine A Light boards with children and families and have seen positive results at home and in the classroom. This tool is an excellent support for therapists working with children across disciplines."
-Lauren Zimet, MS, CCC/SLP, CNHP
"After a few evenings with the Shine a Light board, I discovered a trend. My child becomes anxious about most anything that she doesn't understand. It has changed the way that I parent now that I know that the unknown, or any new experience, can trigger worry for her. I can help by being more patient and helping explain things more clearly. And when the anxiety sets in, the Shine A Light board is there to help us all."
"My kids love the Shine A Light boards. When a situation becomes emotionally charged or frustrating, my children can use the boards as a way to purposefully process those tricky feelings. They love checking all of boxes, which I think gives them a sense of control over their emotions, and then they are able to decide on which of several “solutions” feels right to them. It’s a great way to take the anguish out of meltdowns and teach children to process difficult feelings in a way that is productive and healthy."
"We have been using the Shine a Light Board, and everyone in our family has benefitted immensely. My kids have both used it to help them identify and describe their feelings and preferred coping strategies. Not only have they used it to help themselves, but I have also heard them suggest strategies from the board to their friends when they've been upset. It has given our whole family insight into each other in terms of our feelings about different events/issues and what we need to regulate our emotions. Thank you for creating such a useful tool!"
"I was hoping that the Shine A Light board would help my 7 year old son with those times he would get in too much of an angry state to talk things through. It did really help to get him to stop and think about what was going on. It also made him think about what strategies might help. It in fact worked so well that sometimes now I only need to say 'do you need the board?' And that is often enough to make him stop and think. I like the fact that it is child led, so he comes up with what will help, not me imposing ideas on him. I would definitely (and have done) recommend it to others."