The Worry Workbook for Kids: Helping Children to Overcome Anxiety and the Fear of Uncertainty

The Worry Workbook for Kids: Helping Children to Overcome Anxiety and the Fear of Uncertainty

Muniya S. Khanna, PhD

Bring fun and adventure back into your child’s life. In The Worry Workbook for Kids, two respected psychologists offer fun, action-based activities grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help your child move past fears of uncertainty, set and accomplish goals, and—most importantly—enjoy being a kid.

Today’s kids face intense pressures at school, with friends, and in life. But one of the most prevalent causes of worry in children is the fear of the unknown. Whether they are starting at a new school, trying out for a new sport, or going to a sleepover—for many kids who worry, it can be difficult moving from “What if?” to "Why not?" and trying new things. Sound familiar?

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Bring fun and adventure back into your child’s life. In The Worry Workbook for Kids, two respected psychologists offer fun, action-based activities grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help your child move past fears of uncertainty, set and accomplish goals, and—most importantly—enjoy being a kid.

Today’s kids face intense pressures at school, with friends, and in life. But one of the most prevalent causes of worry in children is the fear of the unknown. Whether they are starting at a new school, trying out for a new sport, or going to a sleepover—for many kids who worry, it can be difficult moving from “What if?” to "Why not?" and trying new things. Sound familiar? Written for children ages seven to twelve, this engaging workbook offers evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tools to help kids embrace uncertainty and actually change their thoughts and behaviors by taking action—which will help bring adventure, fun, and freedom back into their lives! The practices in this workbook can be used anytime, anyplace, to help kids put a stop to worry before worry takes over.

Childhood is a precious time that goes by so quickly, and chronic worrying can take a hefty toll both mentally and physically. Teaching kids how to deal with stress early will set them up for a lifetime of happiness and success. This workbook can help you do just that.

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Item TWWK
ISBN# 9781626259638
Pages 168
Cover softback
Year 2018

Authors

Muniya S. Khanna, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, director of The OCD and Anxiety Institute, and research investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is an expert in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of childhood anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, having been involved in some of the most important research in the field in the last twenty years.

Khanna is author of numerous scientific papers, chapters, and treatment manuals, and a recognized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) trainer and speaker. She is a pioneer in digital mental health research for child anxiety. In partnership with her mentor, Philip Kendall, she developed digital interventions for child anxiety,

Contents

Foreword

Hello, Parents

Hi, Kids!

Understanding Worry

Activity 1: Why Do We Worry?

Activity 2: The Worry Cycle

Activity 3: Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle

Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle

Step 1: Spot the False Alarm

Activity 4: Why Does My Tummy Hurt?

Activity 5: Worry Is Like a Bully

Activity 6: Let It Come and Go

Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle

Step 2: Choose a Useful Thought

Activity 7: Thinking About Your Thinking

Activity 8: Turning Anxious Thoughts into Useful Thoughts

Activity 9: Choose Your Focus

Activity 10: Choose to Feel Good

Activity 11: Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Breaking Out of The Worry Cycle

Step 3: Choose a Different Action

Activity 12: Doing New and Uncomfortable Things

Activity 13: Choosing Actions

Activity 14: Getting Used to It

Activity 15: The More You Do It, the Easier It Gets

Activity 16: What You Can Control

Activity 17: Create Happiness

Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle

Step 3: Keep Practicing

Activity 18: Sitting with Discomfort

Activity 19: Worry Can’t Survive If You Are Flexible

Activity 20: Putting It All Together

Habits that Help

Activity 21: Ten-Minute Mindfulness

Activity 22: Take an Insta-Break

Activity 23: Sleep Solutions

Activity 24: Who’s the Judge of Me?

Activity 25: Sprinkle in Some Fun

Appendix: Extra Worksheets

Acknowledgements

Reference

Recommended Reading

Excerpts

There are lots of books on the market that tell parents how to talk to their child about anxiety. However, one frustrating hurdle is the firm resistance children have to listening to or considering another perspective. This workbook takes an action-based approach. In other words, we won’t be lecturing your child in this book, and we’re not encouraging you to either. Rather, your child will be learning by doing – she or he will be prompted to try lots of exercises and to practice them often.

Our approach includes self-talk and cognitive awareness training, along with experiential learning activities, that create opportunities to build mastery and create change. The behavioral practices are designed to bring new ways of thinking about and approaching uncertainty that will lead to lasting improvements in your child’s ability to handle life’s challenges.

Reviews

“The Worry Workbook for Kids is filled with practical activities for teaching children effective methods to manage their anxiety and worry. The book translates well-researched strategies into language that children will find engaging, easy to understand, and fun. Every child who struggles with anxiety (as well as their parents) should check out this book!”

—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychology at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada; and coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook

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