Fear Factor

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Deberea Sherlock, Aisling Mulvihill Australian author

Fear Factor
50 pages
Age Range: 6 to 11
2013
ISBN: 9780992311858

Hi I'm Wilbur! I'm a little ant with quivering antennae!

I worry. I really worry. In fact, I worry way too much. I can blow things out of proportion and often expect the worst to happen. I find it hard to control my worrying thoughts. When this happens, I might seem on edge, nervous and jumpy. I often stay away from the things that worry me. This stops me from having a go and having fun. This is hard for me because I really want to take part in all that life offers.

By reading this story to a child you are facilitating a conscious knowledge of the foundational skills of anxiety management. Control of excessive worry is a complex process that requires a child to be aware of the connections between uncomfortable body sensations, unhelpful thinking patterns that drive anxiety, and the avoidant actions that can follow. Control of excessive worry is key to emotional resilience allowing a child to engage in all that life has to offer. Through Wilbur we meet a little ant character who experiences difficulty in this area. The impact of this becomes clear through a sequence of gripping events. Wilbur, overcome by a flood of worry and irrational fears, displays avoidant behaviour that prevents him from taking part in everyday events. Luckily the ever-helpful Hoppy Ant steps to guide the learning of foundational skills in managing these difficulties. Children will enjoy this dramatic story as they are introduced to the fundamental skills of coping with worry.

The book has explanatory notes for both parents and professionals, these clearly outline the rational for each new skill and the 'how to' in teaching the skill. At keypoints throughout each story, there are helpful hints to prompt discussion that guide the adult-child conversation.