These Are the Workbooks Parents Are Using to Help Their Children With Anxiety
Suspecting your child might be experiencing anxious thoughts can be uncomfortable for any parent; it's unfamiliar territory. We want to protect our children and keep them safe from everything, and the last thing we want to see are fearful thoughts sending them down a challenging path. Since it can be difficult for most people — let alone a child — to describe what it feels like to be anxious, many parents are turning to workbooks as a way to self-educate and help their kids work through behavioral symptoms associated with anxiety and panic. From breathing techniques to CBT-inspired practices, see what's available ahead.
The Anxiety Workbook For Kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries Using the Gift of Imagination
The Anxiety Workbook for Kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries Using the Gift of Imagination ($14) begins by explaining what anxiety is, why some people experience it, and what it feels like. From there, parents and children will go through a series of actionable practices that can be done at home.
David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety
David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety ($10) uses illustrations to help children understand their experience. Understanding what anxiety is — and not being frightened by it — is a critical step in coping with it. This book explores symptoms associated with anxiety like worrying, fear, and negative thoughts.
Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents ($7) has an entire chapter dedicated to helping guide parents through this journey, because that's a critical piece. Parents need to know they're not alone, and they can actually help by guiding their kids through proven techniques.
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety ($10) provides kids with CBT tools for handling anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a proven method of reframing negative thoughts, which is one of the many triggers associated with panic and anxiety.
Sea Otter Cove
Sea Otter Cove ($12) teaches parents and kids proper deep breathing techniques, which are proven methods of reducing anxious symptoms, like a racing heartbeat. Parents can use these breathing tools with their child both as part of their practice and as a method of calming their child during an anxiety or panic attack.
When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book For Children Who Live With Anxiety
When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book For Children Who Live With Anxiety ($23) provides calming techniques that children with anxiety can use. Best for elementary-aged kids.
Think Good — Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook For Children and Young People
Think Good — Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook For Children and Young People ($25) helps children reframe negative thoughts so they can be less triggered by symptoms of anxiety. Negative thoughts or negative "self-talk" can often be at the root of anxiety and panic.
Anxiety Relief For Kids: On-the-Spot Strategies to Help Your Child Overcome Worry, Panic, and Avoidance
Anxiety Relief For Kids: On-the-Spot Strategies to Help Your Child Overcome Worry, Panic, and Avoidance ($14) dives into anxious behaviors like panic and avoidance. This book will help you and your child identify these behaviors and instead gives them practical tools to reduce symptoms.