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Wilma Jean the Worry Machine Paperback – January 15, 2012
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Children will quickly learn through Wilma Jean that the only thing they can't control is weather, for all of their other worries there is usually a solution.
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine should certainly find it's way onto your bookshelf if you're a Parent, School Counselor, Teacher, Social Worker, Psychologist, and/or Pediatrician.
That said, I DID like the concepts in the book, just not their execution. I feel strongly that a re-write that helps Wilma Jean recognize which worries are in her control (and address those) and then some tools to help her deal with the worries that are not rational and/or outside of her control would take this from a 2 star book to a 5 star book.
This book introduces Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies for managing anxiety. It is a great resource for families who find themselves in situations full of conflict and challening behavior. It is written in a way that is accessible to young children and opens the door to conversations that might otherwise be hard to broach. A child's anxiety does not need to be pervasive for this book to be effective. Everyone experiences some anxiety some of the time. The CBT strategies are applicable to children who experience anxiety occasionally, for instance ahead of starting school, or daily. Learning how to manage anxiety is part of growing up, and this book introduces in a non-clinical manner an effective set of tools to do so.
Even thought Wilma Jean's specific worries were not relevant to our child, he could use empathy to understand how she felt and learned the coping strategies. It also introduced a language for us to reinforce the CBT strategies.Read more ›
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Another great book from Julia Cook! I am a therapist and often use this book with my younger girls struggling with anxiety.Published 1 month ago by Steph19
Love this book! Was nice to have a book about the "worry issue" my son faces. He is 7.Published 2 months ago by WCMR
This is a wonderful book for explaining how anxiety can affect every aspect of a person's life. I read this book to a group of 4th graders and they were so interested! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so helpful to children who suffer from anxiety or excessive worrying. I have read this book to many children, ranging in age from 5-12, who were relieved to read that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Raghda
A great addition to your social story library. The illustrations are great and it helps kids work through anxiety in a calm and understanding way.Published 4 months ago by RW
This was perfect for my son and his reading level. He is age 6, in the 1st grade and has ASD.
A cute story. Nothing life changing in itself, but a nice book about worrying for children with anxiety.Published 6 months ago by Sharm