Parents often ask me about free resources on anxiety. I thought I would offer you a snapshot of my favourite books, websites, and Apps that may help your child now. I always share my posts on my Facebook page. If you know any other resources that you’ve found helpful, please do help other parents by posting them there.
‘Think Good -Feel Good’ by Paul Stellard
Paul Stellard is a professor in Child and Adult Mental Health. For that reason, I use his clinician’s guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This book is well researched and practical, however, it is quite expensive. An attractive and lively workbook follows which covers the core elements used in CBT programmes but conveys these ideas to children and young people in an understandable way and uses real life examples familiar to them. It may be suitable for children from the ages of 6-12 depending on their cognitive capacity.
‘The Huge Bag of Worries ‘ by Virginia Ironside
This is helpful for younger children. I think it is a simple storybook that is both reassuring and funny look at dealing with worries and anxiety. Hence, it can be to be used as a springboard into important conversations with your child.
‘What to Do When You Worry Too Much ‘: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner
What to Do When You Worry Too Much is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents. It focuses on cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. I think it is engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow.
‘Helping Your Anxious Child’: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Ronald Rapee (Author), Ann Wignall (Author), Susan Spence (Author), Heidi Lyneham (Author), & 1 more
I think it offers effective skills based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I like the way it offers a way of parenting compassionately.
- Anxiety Uk
- Royal College of Psychiatry. Above all, a great website with many free resources for young people and parents) https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/parents-and-young-people/young-people/worries-and-anxieties
- Child Anxiety Network, this is even better and is recommended on the Royal College of Psychiatry website. Furthermore, it provides free and constructive advice for parents and children.
- MOODjuice, self-help guides for young people for a range of difficulties
Another, free resource, the SAM app, SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviour over time. As a result, it may help to manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
Similarly, the Smiling Mind mindfulness App is great. I like the website, it has lots of information on mindfulness, stress. I think it is very user-friendly. More on this video here:
In conclusion, I really hope this helps and I have a free download section too. With love Catherine
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