“When My Worries Get Too Big!” by Kari Dunn Buron is written to help children, parents, and teachers better understand the issue of anxiety experienced by children and offers some suggestions about how the child might recognize “anxiety” (worries too big) and what he or she might do.
The thought of “losing control” can cause major problems for children who live with anxiety. Now, parents, teachers and children have a helpful tool that gives young children an opportunity to explore their own feelings with parents or teachers as they react to events in their daily lives. Engaging and easy to read, this illustrated children’s book is filled with opportunities for children to participate in developing their own self-calming strategies. Children who use the simple strategies in this charming book, illustrated by the author, will find themselves relaxed and ready to focus on work – or play! ~SocialThinking.com
This book gives the reader a five point stress scale that is awesome and helpful to children. Many of our children have trouble coming up with the words to say when they are worried or stressed so it’s hard as a parent or teacher to fully understand. The story follows a boy as he talks about things that make him worried and things that make him feel good. He explains the author’s 5-point scale in simple words and offers examples. In addition, there is room in the book for children to write and draw about their own worries and solutions.
This scale is similar to the engine system that The Cloverleaf School uses everyday. Communicating in the moment is difficult for anyone but extremely difficult for our kids. The scale gives children language, a way to label the way that they feel in the moment, all the while bettering their communication skills.
This book is just another tool to help kids understand their anxiety and participate in developing their own self-calming strategies. Are wondering how you can help your child with their anxiety? Try this book! We hope that it can help!