Emma has worked as a Psychologist with children and adolescents for 20 years. She is passionate about delivering evidence based psychology programs and interventions that make a difference to the education, health and wellbeing of young people. LEAP's mission is to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who implement year-round, community and school-based programming.
Children often carry around a bunch of worries without knowing how to lighten the load. 'The Huge Bag of Worries' is a lovely picture book for primary aged children helping to provide little worriers with a strategy for relieving themselves of all of those worries. Available in our Leap for Kids Online Bookshop, 'The Huge Bag of Worries' helps to skill children in firstly identifying the worries they are carrying around and then finding the right person to help sort through them.
'The Huge Bag of Worries' is useful for parents who aren't always sure what it is their children are carrying around and/or how to start the conversation about their child's worries with their child. It is also useful for practitioners working with children and can easily lend itself to creative therapy (using drawing, painting etc.) to depict and unpack worries with children. A big thumbs up from us here at Leap for Kids in assisting children with anxiety and worries.
In our Leap for Kids store we have a range of helpful books for children and care givers to assist in management of different emotions. One of the series we currently have in stock is the 'Dealing with Feeling...' series aimed at assisting children to identify and manage different feelings. Each book can be purchased individually to focus on particular emotions.
The books aim to normalise different emotions and to provide helpful tips. For example, it's OK to feel really angry sometimes when something unexpected or unfortunate happens, but it's not OK to hurt others, yourself, or any property. You might try walking away and having a cold glass of water to cool yourself down! The 'Dealing with Feeling...'
Welcome to the new year! We have lots of new books in our Leap for Kids Store to share with you over the coming months.
January is a time of self-reflection and new commitments to ourselves and to the people around us. This month I have a book for parents who are wanting a 'step-by-step guide' for helping their anxious child. I often speak with parents who struggle to know how, when and how much to 'step in'. They want to know whether they should or shouldn't expose their child to challenging situations. They want to give their children good advice for managing social situations. They want to encourage positive thinking and positive behaviours. They want evidence-based strategies to support their child to manage anxiety and to flourish.
'Helping Your Anxious Child' is a guide to help parents help their child. It is an engaging book offering extensive strategies to teach children to manage fears, phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety and obsessions.
'Hey Warrior' has won our hearts at Leap for Kids.
Filled with beautiful illustrations, humour, imagination and practical strategies, 'Hey Warrior' provides children with appropriate and correct information for their anxiety. 'Hey Warrior' encourages children to befriend their anxiety as an ally not an enemy, whilst teaching them ways they can tell their ally, 'It's ok, I've got this!'
A must-have practical and friendly reference for any child experiencing anxiety. A terrific resource for schools, counsellors, psychologists and parents for assisting children to harness anxiety.
Tap on the image of below to be redirected to our online store where you can find 'Hey Warrior' and many other books for children and carers.
This month we have a gorgeous story to share with children who are beginning to feel the weight of emotions such as separation and loss. 'The Invisible String' presents a beautiful and comforting idea for children that we are all connected to each other in a web of invisible string. When we are apart from one another, we can give the invisible string a little tug and our presence will be felt by the person we are missing. They too, can tug back when they miss us!
Useful for children experiencing difficulty separating in the mornings on the way to school, sleeping away from home or missing a parent who travels for work...
Click on the book below to order 'The Invisible String' from Leap for Kids:
The What To Do Guides for Kids are invaluable tools for children ages 6-12 years, addressing common yet troubling childhood issues.
Written by psychologist and author Dr Dawn Huebner, the books pictured below teach cognitive-behavioural strategies in a friendly and accessible way for children experiencing worries, fears, anger and negative thoughts.
Helpful for teachers, counsellors, parents and carers alike, What To Do Guides offer stories and activities designed to target problem areas in fun and engaging ways.
Click on the links or books below to be directed to the Leap for Kids shop, where these and other helpful resources can be purchased.
The full range of What To Do Guides offered on the Leap for Kids website includes;
BUCKET FILLING! A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.
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Have you filled a bucket today? Have you heard about how filling buckets can improve your child's wellbeing by empowering them to make positive choices?
Imagine you carry a bucket around with you each day, and so do all of your friends. When you act in a positive, friendly way, you fill the bucket of someone else and you also fill your own! When you act in a negative way, you dip into someone else's bucket and perhaps empty your own. This concept can be used to not only encourage positive behaviours in children, but to highlight that negative choices can be replaced with positive ones, thus empowering children to be positive members of their community.
We have three multi-award winning bucket filling books for sale in our online bookstore. All three use the same concept are are directed at age groups, 3-9 years old, with 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today' being most suitable for the older years in this age group.