Traffic Jam

A guide to managing mental traffic


This program helps teachers support children i
n developing their executive function skills, including focus, filtering out distractions, shifting attention from one task to another, managing work speed and quality, and more! Traffic Jam is

available now at our Teachers Pay Teachers store:


We are excited to announce “Letters from Enzo”

social emotional learning newsletter for parents, teachers and
other counselors to use with kids in grades K-3! We are offering
this first issue as a FREEBIE for folks to try out with their students!
Each newsletter contains a letter from Enzo the puppy on a topic
he has recently been learning about in his home and neighborhood.
The packet also includes a coloring page, word search, word
scramble, crossword puzzle, and a piece of special stationery
to write a letter back to Enzo! Coming down the pike we will
have free video lessons from me and Enzo on our YouTube channel! Please share broadly, as this first issue is FREE to download and we want it in as many classrooms as possible!! Teachers who download it and use it, please message us to get your name in a drawing for me and Enzo to do a virtual classroom visit and workshop with your students!!!

Setting an intention is a great way to set
yourself and your kids up for a positive day! 

Feel free to download our intention cards at no charge, cut apart and then draw one at random each day!  Take a moment to close your eyes and take 10 steady, calm breaths as you focus on the positive intention.  Download here.




Download here.

SEL Alignment Tool

Best Friend Books are now aligned to Ohio Department
of Education Social Emotional Learning Standards. Download our FREE alignment tool here!

Download our FREE Discussion and Activity pages here!

Check us out on YouTube!

Free Social-Emotional Lessons from Lisa Combs

FREE mini lessons for teachers and parents to use in their electronic instruction, and for when kids return to their classrooms.

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A framework for controlling thoughts that interfere with peace and happiness.

A coloring journal or naming and taming my thoughts.

We are all completely different up close but the farther you get away from us, the more we look the same


An illustrated anthem for unity, inclusion, and loving kindness.

We can look at every change as an opportunity to learn and grow.

Even if we can't do great things, we can do small things with great love.

We each have unique talents and interests that make us special.

Explores our relationship with the beautiful endangered animals that share our planet.


Provides children an introduction to an emotional vocabulary and also provides helpful suggestions for managing uncomfortable emotions.

We all share this beautiful planet with all of it’s inhabitants.

Provides a message of unconditional love and acceptance.

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When we allow ourselves to need one another, we are one step closer to a peaceful, happy world.

This book is about living your life in a helpful and compassionate way —the foundation of our Best Friends Book Club Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

A tribute to teachers everywhere!

For all the special teachers in our lives!


The concept of mindfulness meditation is to let go of the future and past in order to spend some precious time in the present moment.


Provides a “call and response” verse for the most common segments of a typical day at school.

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Offers a flexible, yet structured approach to embedding mindfulness activities within the classroom or other structured group


Provides memorable phrases to use as a positive focus while breathing in and out for self-calming and emotional management


The words we use when we talk to ourselves in positive, encouraging ways can change our thoughts and the way we live our lives.


It is easy to view setbacks or obstacles to being happy and successful, but they don't have
to be


Our bodies give us important clues to how we are feeling.
When we can notice how our bodies feel,it gives us the opportunity to recognize
and manage our emotions.


It is easy to say the words “I love you,” but our actions often speak much more loudly than our words.  

A peaceful, happy world is created by people who act out their love in simple but important ways. And we are never too young…or too old…to begin.


This book is unique in that it helps parents prime children for what they will do in Kindergarten but it also gives practical suggestions for parents about how they can best support their little ones for this big transition!


A healthier, safer world for our family friends
and neighbors -
When we do small things to keep ourselves healthy and safe, we are also creating a healthier, safer world for our family, friends and neighbors.  “Taking Care” provides readers with suggestions of simple but important ways that they can do their part to make a difference in their homes, schools and communities.


Taking Care

It is easy to get carried away by our wishes for something
we don’t have in our lives. But the key to peace and happiness
is often found in the simple pleasures of the present moment.
While we continue to hope and dream,we can choose to find joy right here, right now.  



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Our latest series:

little buddies

These little 6 x 6 books are written especially for todders!

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Bright, colorful prints
(framed or unframed) 
and gift items from the books  


Tees, hoodies, and tanks for adults, babies and toddlers


Completely Different, Just the Same:

What a charming, well crafted children's story! The illustrations by Co-author
Pam Frazier are a cozy fit for the book. Very deserving of a place in
the educator's tool belt.

How To Tame Your Monkeys:

A charming book filled with simple identifications of anxieties and emotions, delivered in rhyme and paired with engaging pictures of animals sure to delight. A great addition to classrooms, libraries and professional offices dedicated to young people, or as a gift for a friend's little one. I can see this being a book that gets lots of re-reading and a good starting point for family discussions.

How To Tame Your Monkeys:

THIS. Buy it!! NOW! It's been a great tool for helping children accept their feelings, and themselves. So many of us grow up not accepting (or integrating) our "selves". This book should be read to
every child every day. Seriously.

You Can Sit With Me:

My son (age 5) enjoyed reading this book. This book was a great way to open up the discussion about including everyone at school and making sure every child/friend feels included. I plan to donate this book to his classroom.



Apr 27



A virtual discussion on Peaceful, Calming Learning Spaces; 1-2pm

Nov 11-13



The Nation's Premier Autism and Disabilities Conference



Lisa Combs is a teacher, instruction/behavior specialist, educational consultant, and president of Combs Educational Consulting, Ltd., based in Greenville, Ohio. She has a 28 year career supporting children with special needs, their educational teams, and their families. She is also a university instructor, helping a new generation of teachers become accomplished in supporting children with special needs. She is a longtime yoga and meditation practitioner and has her teaching certification in both.


You can learn more about
Lisa at her website:


Visit Lisa's author's page on Amazon.


Pam Fraizer is a graphic artist, illustrator, and owner of FraizerDesigns, LLC.  With almost 30 years experience, Pam has worked with many regional and national organizations, including ACLU of Indiana, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Indiana Women's Fund, RecycleForce Inc., 

Richmond Civic Theatre, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, and The Starr Gennett Foundation.


To learn more about Pam Fraizer's work, visit her website at: