My Feeling Better Workbook: Help for Kids Who Are Sad and Depressed

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New Harbinger Publications, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 122 pages
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There are many ways to help children who are sad and depressed, and you might not even realize how much you can do to make your child feel better. By working through this book, guiding your child through just one activity a day, you can empower him or her with the skills necessary to overcome sadness and low self-esteem and live an active, joyful life.

The forty-two simple activities in this workbook help kids explore their feelings and combat the negative self-talk that depletes their motivation and self-esteem. Based on cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and art therapy, this series of activities is designed to help children cope with painful feelings and feel happy again. Studies have shown that teaching these social and emotional skills to children at the onset of their depression can prevent it from becoming more serious in adolescence and beyond. Once children learn these skills, they will not only feel better, but also become more self-confident, capable, and willing to enjoy the best of what life has to offer.

 

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Contents

Facts About the Blues
1
A Story About the Blues
2
Day After Day A Different Story
3
How Blue Are You?
4
Color and Feelings Chart
6
Thought Check Naming Our Thoughts
7
Thought Check SelfTalk
11
Thinking About Thoughts and SelfTalk
13
Open Mike
64
Create a Monster
66
My SelfLabel
73
Watching for Warning Signs
75
Freeze Up Warm Up
79
Its a Mystery to Me
82
Body Talk
85
Lost and Found
87

Thought Check Listening to SelfTalk
15
Thats Not True
18
Daily Dose Shape Your Day
25
Map It Out Making a Plan
28
Map It Out Getting Started and Moving Along
30
Map It Out Practice for Success
33
Beat the Blues Goal Checklist
36
First Things First
37
Back to Basics Part One
39
Back to Basics Part Two
43
My Move
47
Big Steps Small Steps
48
Make a Path
53
Flying Feathers
56
The Daily News
59
Find the Words
90
HeyListen Up
92
My Favorites
93
Strange Birds
94
Signals Stop Slow and Go
97
Danger Zone
100
Will This Fly?
104
All in the Family
106
Animal Mask
110
Many Faces Many Feelings
113
Wheel of Fortune
117
A World of Color
119
Dream Chair
121
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Sara Hamil, LCSW, is a certified master social worker as well as a registered play therapist and art therapist. She uses art therapy and play therapy to assist children, adolescents, and families in developing creative strategies to build coping skills. She currently lives in Jackson, TN.