Listen, Learn, and Grow: A Whole Body Listening Larry Story to Help Kids Regulate, Listen, and Engage


by McAlister Greiner Huynh (Author), Elizabeth A. Sautter (Author), Kristen Wilson (Author), Eric Hutchison (Illustrator)

for ages 4-12

Item 7001

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Listening Larry is back, and he’s learned a few things about neurodiversity.

It’s true that when we listen, we often use each ear. But listening is more than receiving what we hear!

Listen, Learn, and Grow is a delightful rhyming story that explores the many ways kids can use their whole body as a listening tool. And here’s a hint: Listening looks different for everyone!

Readers will join Larry and his friend Lori in their classroom as they discover that listening is more than just “hearing” with their ears. It’s about using their eyes, ears, mouth, hands, feet, body, brain, and heart to help them remain regulated, focused, and engaged so they can be successful learners at school.

As a bonus, Listen, Learn, and Grow also includes a variety of activities that educators and parents can use at home, in the classroom, and in the community to encourage whole body listening throughout the day.

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Listen, Learn, and Grow is awesome—what a great resource to not only teach what it means to listen, but also build inclusion for all the different ways one might listen. I hope it is adopted in every classroom.”

—Leah Kuypers, M.Ed., OTR/L, founder and creator of The Zones of Regulation, Inc.

“As an occupational therapist specializing in regulation and interoception (the sense of our internal body signals), I am thrilled to see this new revision of the Listening Larry books with the focus on how we can identify and honor what our body uniquely needs to participate. Thank you, Larry, for encouraging us to get more curious about our bodies and for supporting a more affirming definition of what it means to listen!”

—Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L, author of The Interoception Curriculum

“In a world where unique learning needs can be considered a deficit, Listen, Learn, and Grow aptly redefines ‘whole body listening and learning’ in a way that is engaging, inclusive, and educational. With their breadth of clinical and educational knowledge, Huynh, Sautter, and Wilson have skillfully produced an incredible resource that celebrates and encourages differentness as a strength and a valuable tool for learning and growing. This book features clever rhyming and playful illustrations. Bonus tips and activities for educators and parents make this a must-have book for any home or professional library. Don’t miss this one!”

—Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP, author of the Mindful Steps series

“We do indeed hear differently! Helping children learn the how and the why for the unique aspects of human listening is not only empowering but essential to the development of strong social-emotional learning skills. Listening Larry is a delightful character who shows readers (both grown-ups and children) the tools they need to build the foundational skills of listening through the lens of compassion, curiosity, and interest. Listen, Learn, and Grow is a book you’ll want to have in your school library, classroom, home, and community spaces to help cultivate understanding for connection and belonging.”

—Kellie Doyle Bailey, author of Some Days I Flip My Lid and the Calm Cool Kids Educate series

Listen, Learn, and Grow is an incredible update to the Whole Body Listening Larry curriculum that highlights the variety of listening styles kids can have. The focus on finding strategies that work for them is affirming and empowering.”

—Janine Halloran, LMHC, founder of Coping Skills for Kids and author of the Coping Skills for Kids workbook and flip chart

Listen, Learn, and Grow is not only the name of the book, but it also tells the story of the whole body listening approach. Larry is back and has a neurodiversity-affirming approach that respects individual differences and the need for relational safety. The book begins with the idea that regulation is a prerequisite for education. There is much for children to learn from Larry and his friends, but perhaps even more for adults.”

—Guy Stephens, founder of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint

“The rhyming in Listen, Learn, and Grow is brilliant, as it brings the fun, and the technology shared in the story is profound. Such a fun way to teach body awareness that will help so many children, families, and classrooms.”

—Suzanne Tucker, founder of Generation Mindful

About the Authors

McAlister Greiner Huynh, MEd, NBCT, is a National Board Certified special educator and behavior support specialist in North Carolina. She has been working with and learning from neurodivergent individuals for 10 years, steadily growing in her passion for neurodiversity, disability culture, and radical acceptance. McAlister is the educator behind “The Neurodivergent Teacher” on Facebook and Instagram, where she connects with families, professionals, and neurodivergent folks worldwide to share philosophies around teaching, self-advocacy skills, accessibility, and coping strategies.

Elizabeth A. Sautter, MA, CCC, is a speech-language pathologist, speaker, author, and trainer with expertise in social-emotional well-being. She is the author of the parent activity book Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick! along with many other resources for parents, including an online course and community. Elizabeth collaborates with the Zones of Regulation team as a trainer and is a coauthor of other Zones products, including children’s books, card decks, and games. She loves to connect on social @elizabeth.sautter or

Kristen Wilson, MS, CCC, is a speech-language pathologist and the coauthor of the books Whole Body Listening Larry at Home! and Whole Body Listening Larry at School! Kristen specializes in working with a diverse population of children, teens, and adults in school, hospital, and private practice settings. She believes that building self-esteem and self-awareness while teaching self-advocacy is the key to successful interventions. Kristen lives in Placentia, CA, with her husband and two daughters.

Eric Hutchison is an artist specializing in digital illustration, design, and 3D product development. He has been working in the entertainment industry for 20 years and resides in Southern California with his wife and two children.

Publishing Details

  • Ages: 4-12
  • Pages: 40
  • Format: Paperback
  • Item No. 7001
  • Published: 2023
  • Publisher: PESI Publishing

Additional information

Weight 0.5 g
Dimensions 21.59 × 0.25 × 21.59 cm

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