Exploring Feelings :Anxiety Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage Anxiety

Exploring Feelings :Anxiety Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage Anxiety

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by Tony Attwood

Winner of a 2008 Teachers' Choice Award! Anxiety can be debilitating for anyone, but it can be especially confusing for a child. Learning about emotions helps children recognize connections between thinking and feeling, and the physiological effects of anxiety on the body (sweating, increased heart rate, crying, etc.). This book provides a guide for caregivers along with a workbook section that allows children to identify anxiety-provoking situations, and teaches them how to perceive them differently.

Helpful topics include:

Overview of the Exploring Feelings Program
Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy
The Emotional Toolbox
Social Stories
Research Evidence on the Effectiveness of Exploring Feelings
and more!

The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program Exploring Feelings was designed to be highly structured, interesting and successful in encouraging the cognitive control of emotions. The child participating in the program has a workbook for the six two-hour sessions that includes activities and information to explore the specific feelings of being happy, relaxed, anxious or angry. There are sections in the workbook to record individual comments and responses to questions. At the end of each session, a project is explained to the child, which is to be completed before the next session. At the start of the next session the project is discussed with the person implementing the program, which can be a professional or parent. A metaphor was created of the child being an astronaut or scientist exploring a new planet, as children with Asperger syndrome are often interested in exploration of the physical world, science and science fiction. The Exploring Feelings program is designed to explore the mental world from a scientific perspective.

There are two Exploring Feelings programs, one is designed to explore and manage anxiety, the other to explore and manage anger. The evaluation study of the Exploring feelings program for anxiety was published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in 2005.