A set of 50 cards with lots of simple, practical, creative, fun activities for children who experience worry or anxiety from time to time – and that is every child!
These cards are based on solution-focused, strengths-based techniques used for many years by experienced consulting psychologist, Selina Byrne M.A.P.S, to help children with worry and anxiety, and to build their wellbeing and resilience.
Many children as well as adults experience anxiety. Whether it is anxiety caused by a particularly challenging circumstance, or generalised, free-floating worry for no apparent reason, this experience can be excruciating and this is so distressing for parents to witness in their children.
Most kids and people with anxiety think they have little or no control over how they feel or what thoughts they have, so author, Selina Byrne M.A.P.S and publisher of strengths-based tools, Innovative Resources, got together to design a tool that will help children learn how to take things to a new place in the brain.
It’s not about ‘curing’ or ‘getting rid of’ anxiety, it’s all about learning how to tolerate the anxiety and to manage it in a way that makes life easier.
You can do so many things with these cards. You can learn strategies systematically, one at a time, or you can dip in and choose by random. The idea is to just do the activity according to the brief instruction on the cards and then notice which strategies you enjoy the most, or which ones have the biggest brain impact.
Selina Byrne M.A.P.S has used the methods extensively with children in her private practice for more than the last 10 years, blogs about them and has written a book about them.
These techniques arise out of solution-focused, strengths-based approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, brain research, optimism theory, mindfulness practices, interpersonal therapy and behaviour models.
Combined with the delightful illustrations of Katie Jardine, these cards are perfect for 3-14 year-olds.