The Worry Workbook for Kids: Helping Children to Overcome Anxiety and the Fear of Uncertainty

The Worry Workbook for Kids: Helping Children to Overcome Anxiety and the Fear of Uncertainty


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Bring fun and adventure back into your child’s life. In The Worry Workbook for Kids, two respected psychologists offer fun, action-based activities grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help your child move past fears of uncertainty, set and accomplish goals, and—most importantly—enjoy being a kid.

Today’s kids face intense pressures at school, with friends, and in life. But one of the most prevalent causes of worry in children is the fear of the unknown. Whether they are starting at a new school, trying out for a new sport, or going to a sleepover—for many kids who worry, it can be difficult moving from “What if?” to "Why not?" and trying new things. Sound familiar?

Written for children ages seven to twelve, this engaging workbook offers evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tools to help kids embrace uncertainty and actually change their thoughts and behaviors by taking action—which will help bring adventure, fun, and freedom back into their lives! The practices in this workbook can be used anytime, anyplace, to help kids put a stop to worry before worry takes over.

Childhood is a precious time that goes by so quickly, and chronic worrying can take a hefty toll both mentally and physically. Teaching kids how to deal with stress early will set them up for a lifetime of happiness and success. This workbook can help you do just that.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626259638
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 74,668
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

Muniya S. Khanna, PhD, is a clinical psychologist at the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, director of The OCD and Anxiety Institute, and research investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is an expert in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of childhood anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, having been involved in some of the most important research in the field in the last twenty years. Khanna is author of numerous scientific papers, chapters, and treatment manuals, and a recognized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) trainer and speaker. She is a pioneer in digital mental health research for child anxiety. In partnership with her mentor, Philip Kendall, she developed digital interventions for child anxiety, including Camp Cope-A-Lot, Child Anxiety Tales; and, a website to inform and empower parents of children with anxiety.

Deborah Roth Ledley, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety. Ledley received her PhD in psychology from the University of Toronto in 1999, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple at Temple University. She then spent several years on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Since 2006, Ledley has been in private practice in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, where she primarily works with children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders. She has published over fifty scientific papers and book chapters, as well as four academic books, including Making Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Work and Becoming a Calm Mom. Ledley has been quoted in magazines such as Parents, Fit Pregnancy, Family Fun, and Countdown, as well as on several websites, including,, and

Foreword writer Tamar Chansky, PhD, is a psychologist and author of several popular books, including Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, and Freeing Your Child from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Chansky is passionate about helping kids, parents, and other adults pursue the lives they want to lead, free from the obstacles of anxiety, pessimism, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Visit her website at

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Hello, Parents ix
Hi, Kids! xii

Understanding Worry
Activity 1: Why Do We Worry? 2
Activity 2: The Worry Cycle 7
Activity 3: Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle 13

Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle
Step 1: Spot the False Alarm
Activity 4: Why Does My Tummy Hurt? 20
Activity 5: Worry Is Like a Bully 26
Activity 6: Let It Come and Go 30

Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle
Step 2: Choose a Useful Thought
Activity 7: Thinking About Your Thinking 36
Activity 8: Turning Anxious Thoughts into Useful Thoughts 42
Activity 9: Choose Your Focus 47
Activity 10: Choose to Feel Good 54
Activity 11: Having an Attitude of Gratitude 58

Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle
Step 3: Choose a Different Action

Activity 12: Doing New and Uncomfortable Things 64
Activity 13: Choosing Actions 71
Activity 14: Getting Used to It 75
Activity 15: The More You Do It, the Easier It Gets 82
Activity 16: What You Can Control 88
Activity 17: Create Happiness 93

Breaking Out of the Worry Cycle
Step 3: Keep Practicing

Activity 18: Sitting with Discomfort 100
Activity 19: Worry Can’t Survive If You Are Flexible 105
Activity 20: Putting It All Together 112

Habits that Help
Activity 21: Ten-Minute Mindfulness 120
Activity 22: Take an Insta-Break 124
Activity 23: Sleep Solutions 127
Activity 24: Who’s the Judge of Me? 132
Activity 25: Sprinkle in Some Fun 136

Appendix: Extra Worksheets 141
Acknowledgments 147
Reference 148
Recommended Reading 149


Khanna resides in Plymouth Meeting, PA; Ledley resides in Narberth, PA; Chansky resides in Philadelphia, PA.

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