When kids struggle, using therapy books for children can be an effective way to reach them. These books can be used during therapy or as a supplement to your work.
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Stuck in the Mud by Sharon Draper, illustrated by Tom Godfrey
This book was lovingly created by Psychologist, Sharon Draper. Sharon has many years experience working with children who feel anxious. She believes in the importance of building resilience in children to help them feel confident in their lives. She created this book to help children identify uncomfortable feelings, to not feel so alone in their feelings and to learn ways to manage their worries in a fun way. Each book includes information for caregivers to help them support their children while they work through their difficulties. There is also a bonus coping card included at the back of the book, which readers can take a photo of or photocopy so that they can take the strategies with them on their life journey. This can help remind them of what to do whenever they feel worried.
Symbols can be a great way to express your feelings, and My Mood Book is the perfect place to record them.
Featuring three cute, cover-mounted erasers (ideal for making corrections if your moods change), this book includes a dictionary, quizzes, flow charts, fill-ins, and a special journaling section at the back to fill in your emotions every day of the year.
Many therapists enjoy recommending books to their clients to supplement the work they are doing together. We also use books to help ourselves grow as people and practitioners. Remember though that books are never a replacement for real human connection or for therapy when it’s needed. If you find yourself needing a therapist, a great place to start is Psychology Today. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.