A Little SPOT of Anxiety: A Story About Calming Your Worries
Also included in the EMOTION BOX SET
Anxiety comes from feelings of being worried, scared, or anxious. When these feelings are in small amounts that’s okay because they are there to help protect us, but when they get TOO BIG, they become overwhelming and need to be managed. When a child experiences anxiety it can prevent them from doing what he/she wants and and/or needs to do, which can make anxiety a disability.
This story addresses how anxiety can affect all ages and how it can show up in all different situations. The Gray SPOT in the story creates a visual representation of Anxiety so that a child can see when it's gets too big, and how to shrink it back to a Green PEACEFUL SPOT.
The goal of this book is to give children the tools needed to identity what emotion they are feeling and how to properly manage that emotion.
My kids (5-8) didn't know what the word anxiety was before we started reading this book. Not only did the book answer all of their questions but it helped them visualize their worries and gave real tips to visualize and blow away their anxiety. It's so important to teach our kids these emotional skills BEFORE they get to middle school age and high school when anxiety really becomes prevalent. Highly recommend for all bedrooms and classrooms.
I'm a social worker and work as a social emotional coach at an elementary school and let me tell you, I've read my fair share of books to help kids. This one is one of the best hands down. It describes anxiety in a child-appropriate way and the hand technique for managing worried feelings is easy to learn and effective. I got the book for my own kids and they've requested to read it several times. I've also brought it to my school and read it to students I counsel. I'm planning a reading series where I go into all K-3 classrooms to read it; it's THAT good.