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Worry Says What? Paperback – Picture Book, 4 September 2018
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- Language : English
- Paperback : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1937870510
- ISBN-13 : 978-1937870515
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Best Sellers Rank: 37,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Allison Edwards, author of the best-selling book Why Smart Kids Worry, gives a glimpse into the ways worry whispers to young minds, and offers a powerful tool all children can use to silence those fears. "Worry's songs tie my tummy up in knots, and the things he says make my heart beat very fast. Sometimes he speaks in a whisper, and other times his voice gets so loud I can't hear anything else." Worry and anxiety are currently the top mental health issues among children and teens. Children have a number of worries throughout childhood that will come and go. The problem is not with the worries themselves, but that children believe the worries to be true. With a relatable story and beautiful artwork, Worry Says What? will help children (and adults) flip their thinking when anxious thoughts begin and turn them into powerful reminders of all they are capable of accomplishing.
About the Author
ALLISON EDWARDS is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State and a graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University. Before opening a private practice, Allison developed and maintained a play therapy program for at-risk and immigrant children in the public school system. In her current practice, she sees children of all ages, consults with parents, supervises counselors, and writes about childhood anxiety. She also serves as an Affiliate Professor at Vanderbilt University where she enjoys teaching future counselors how to work with kids.
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Spoiler alert: worry is not honored for doing its job; worry is sent packing. So sad.9 May 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
I was so excited to get this book because it seemed to have a really good message; however, you can't read the whole book in the 'look inside' feature so I didn't get to see the end until I received it. I will have to change the ending before reading this to my granddaughter. It is really important for all of us to listen to our emotions, not just get rid of them. Children's worry is connected to instinct. I would never encourage a child to ignore or get rid of such an important part of themselves. Worry sends a signal from the gut brain (instinct) to the brain that something doesn't feel right so we will take necessary steps to address it. When we listen, the worry part can do its job in a functional, effective way. When we ignore it, it gets louder because it is part of our internal system and is there to keep us safe. It wants to be heard by us because it cares about our well-being, even if what it does to get that message across is uncomfortable. (Compare to the idea of hunger. It doesn't go away when you ignore it. It gets louder until you eat, thankfully, since we need to eat to survive.) Let's teach our children how to listen for the important messages from their emotions so they can learn to determine if it is truly something to be concerned about or if it is their fear talking. And if it is just their fear, not an actual threat, we can help them understand that important emotion, as well. Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach to emotions, internal parts, and living as our best Selves. Peace
15 people found this helpful
A great, kid-friendly tool to help kids deal with all kinds of worries4 June 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
I was impressed reading this book. On a regular basis I run across quality books from The National Center for Youth Issues and this is one of them. Author Edwards turns "Worry" into a monster-like, silly creature, and the pictures are humorous and kid-friendly. We see different ways and situations where Worry makes a young girl become scared, such as when she's afraid she can't do math, or that others kids don't like her, and when she hears noises at nighttime. She hears a voice in her head that kind of takes over. Finally she decides to try to stop listening to Worry and start telling herself she can do the things he used to tell her she couldn't. She does math, she invites another girl to swing with her, and more. After a day of ignoring the monster, she realizes Worry has shrunk, and he leaves when she says loudly "I am not afraid." We can see at the end of the book he's not completely gone, of course, but she's keeping him at bay. Counselors, educators, and and all parents will find this a marvelous tool. Also, the author, who is a Licensed Professional Counselor, has a page at the end with suggestions of ways to help children deal with their worries and fears. Instead of simply telling a child what to do, this book gives a face to perhaps unnamed fears, and that's a good first step towards dealing with them.
8 people found this helpful
Book Really Spoke to My Anxious 7 Year Old3 March 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
There are books that you know that your kid just kind of likes and then there are books that your kid loves and you know will stay with them forever. This book falls in the latter category. My 1st grader (7 years old) can read this book herself, and when she started reading it, I could hear her voice begin to fill with wonder as she turned page after page. She could relate to the little girl in the story and to the things that the worry monster was saying. She immediately noticed how big the worry monster was at the beginning and how the monster began to shrink in size as the little girl began to stand up to that monster. My daughter voluntarily read the story again the next day, and a few days after that (saying that it was one of her favorites). Recently we went skiing, and my daughter, who suffers from generalized anxiety, tackled some pretty steep advanced blue slopes in Tahoe. She has a fear of heights and a fear of going "fast." So I asked her, wasn't she afraid of those hills? She smiled, leaned towards me and whispered, "Yes. I got pretty scared sometimes. But then I made myself go faster in order to shrink that worry monster to a really small size, and it worked." The book allowed my daughter to not only visualize her fears, but, more importantly, to envision herself tackling those fears head-on. I have so many thanks to the author of this book. It has helped our family immensely.
3 people found this helpful
Fabulous tool for anxious children23 September 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my daughter who suffers from anxiety. While it brought up some difficult emotions, she could completely identify with the characters. This book is beautifully written for young children and allows them to name their feelings. I love that this book is available for my daughter and can’t wait to share it with other parents of anxious children
8 people found this helpful
Cute book28 December 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I wasn't 100% sure what to expect from this book, but it is cute--nicely illustrated and the message is good and understandable to my 5 year old daughter. It felt like a good introduction into learning how to identify and overcome anxiety in a child...
8 people found this helpful