This is the story of Alex who has experienced 'scary things', and the different things he does to cope with all the ways these scary things make him feel. This gentle storybook will help children who have experienced trauma deal with their emotions and learn coping strategies.
By reading about the different parts of Alex that come out because of the scary things he has experienced, such as The Destroyer when he is angry, Spacey when he dissociates, and Puddles when he is sad, children will learn to recognise when they experience these emotions themselves and find solutions for overcoming them. Alex talks about the different coping strategies he uses to get back to being himself, such as breathing techniques, a counting game, painting, and finding a safe space he can go to, encouraging children to think about when they can do to help themselves handle difficult feelings.
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Ages 4 through 8
Grades PK through 3
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The children seem to really love the main character Alex
April 27 2017
This book is excellent, I have been using in sessions with clients. The children seem to really love the main character Alex and his side kick Al. It helps children learn about the effects of trauma and how to cope with difficult feelings. The illustrations are really interesting and keep kids engaged. Al is on each page and the kids love finding him. I've also created some activities based on the book, I do a "Scribbles" project, where the client does art like Alex does in the book, the process of art making helps Alex feel better. Or I ask a client to draw a main character for their own story book. One of my teen clients picked it up and flipped through it, she has anxiety and uses the 5-4-3-2-1 game that Alex teaches.