Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

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Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability.

This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced.

Also available: Wilma Jean and the Worry Machine Activity Book

Additional Product Info

Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9781937870010
Page count: 32
Recommended Ages: Ages 7 through 12
Grade Level: Grades 2 through 6
Printed in: USA
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Good overview of anxiety for young kids
by Luis
April 26 2018
Good story the kids seem to respond well to it. It's a good overview of anxiety for younger kids but doesnt really teach coping skills.
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I generally love Julia Cook and the kids I work with do too, but I...
by Becca Moore
December 21 2019
I generally love Julia Cook and the kids I work with do too, but I don’t like this book because rather than teaching Wilma how to cope with her worry, they focus on eliminating the worrisome situations. That’d be great if we could always count on that, but we can’t, so I think it would have been more beneficial to have Wilma experience those situations and teach her how to handle them.
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I love the story behind this book! Teaching SPED, we address this...
by Susan Collura
June 18 2020
I love the story behind this book! Teaching SPED, we address this very issue! Children worry about all sorts of things, such as time, parents, friends, is it time for ???, . It goes on and on. I think that reading this to the class would help students realize that everyone worries, but we don’t have to worry!
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