These books are great for kids who struggle with expressing a variety of emotions. For our family, the "I Feel Mad" book was especially useful, since my younger daughter struggles with expressing that emotion appropriately. The workbook for I Feel Mad and I Feel Worried help walk kids through appropriate emotions and reactions, not shaming kids for feelings, but helping provide guidelines for ways to manage them. For example, in I Feel Mad kids are taught one rule: Do No Harm (to self, others, or property, with words or actions). In I Feel Worried, kids help learn to avoid the spiral into anxiety and overreaction.
How to Make and Keep Friends is a longer book with a variety of tips. Although for parents, many of them are self-evident, for many kids, especially those who struggle with social issues, they may not be obvious. The book is divided into sections to help kids learn a variety of strategies in many different common situations.
Nadine Briggs, Director of Simply Social Kids, holds dual-graduate level certifications in Coaching Children & Teens and Coaching Children and Teens with ADHD. She is also certified in the Girl Meets World curriculum and has had training through the Child Anxiety Network. Donna Shea, is the Founder of the Peter Pan Center for Social and Emotional Growth and holds a BA in Behavioral Science from Lesley University in Cambridge and is a pioneer in the concept of a non-clinical approach to social-emotional learning. Shea’s award winning programs have been helping children achieve social success for over fourteen years. Briggs and Shea are also certified in bullying prevention through the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center. Both Briggs and Shea are parents of children with special needs that include Down Syndrome, ADHD, Anxiety, OCD and Sensory Processing Disorder.
Connect with Briggs and Shea on www.howtomakeandkeepfriends. com,
I Feel Worried: Tips for Kids on Overcoming Anxiety can be purchased from Amazon.