The Anxiety Workbook for Kids

The Anxiety Workbook for Kids

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Anxiety in children is on the rise, and recent research has uncovered a link between highly imaginative children and anxiety. Using engaging illustrations and fun activities based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most proven-effective and widely used forms of therapy today, this Instant Help workbook presents a unique approach to help children harness the power of their imaginations to reduce anxiety and build self-esteem.

Millions of children suffer from anxiety, which can be extremely limiting, causing kids to miss school, opt out of activities with friends, and refuse to speak or participate in a variety of situations. Furthermore, children who are diagnosed with anxiety or brought into therapy often feel embarrassed about not being “normal.” Focusing on the problem of anxiety can stress kids out and make them feel ashamed. But when the focus is on their strengths and their vivid imaginations, children are empowered to face their anxiety head-on.

The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is a fun and unique workbook grounded in evidence-based CBT and designed to help children understand their anxious thoughts within a positive framework—a perspective that will allow kids to see themselves as the highly imaginative individuals they are, and actually appreciate the role imagination plays in their anxiety. With this workbook, children will learn that, just as they are capable of envisioning vivid scenarios that fuel their anxiety, they are capable of using their imagination to move away from anxious thoughts and become the boss of their own worries.

With engaging CBT-based activities, games, and illustrations—and with a focus on imagination training and developing skills like problem solving, assertiveness, positive thinking, body awareness, relaxation, and mindfulness—this book will help kids stand up to worry and harness the power of their imagination for good.

Praise for The Anxiety Workbook for Kids:

The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is very child-friendly and engaging. it offers children and adolescents concrete and effective strategies for calming their fears and taking control of their lives. The workbook provides helpful techniques for children to become the bosses of their imagination so it serves them well. Children who use this workbook will undoubtedly master their worries, feel more positive about themselves and their lives, and interact more confidently with others. The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is a must-have for any therapist or counselor working with children, and for any family concerned about a child with anxiety.”

Nadine Kaslow, MSW, ABPP, Emory University; 2014 President of the American Psychological Association

The Anxiety Workbook for Kids provides families with a wonderful tool for helping the growing number of children experiencing problems of anxiety: the child’s own imagination. Robin Alter and Crystal Clarke have created a much-needed resource that is not just thoroughly engaging, but extremely beneficial.”

Stuart Shanker, distinguished research professor of philosophy and psychology at York University

“I recommended your book and workbook to a teacher I work with a TCDSB whose daughter aged 10 is school phobic. The family say this has changed their lives and I wanted to let you know their feedback: this is what she told me:

“The book Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination has been life changing in the way my family and I approach my daughter’s anxiety. Seeing anxiety as part of a wonderful creative gift has lifted the negativity out of the issues she has struggled with and put into a more positive light. We have used 8 of the 10 tools. My daughter is working through the workbook as well. My husband and I have given over the responsibility of overcoming the anxiety to our daughter who is very motivated to go back to school full time. Using the book as a guide has made her more confident, more in control and more aware of herself and her internal conversations. Thank you so much for this book.””

Dr. Helen O’Halpin, Psychiatrist, University of Toronto