If you know children that are worried about going back to school, or the changes to daily life since the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be helpful to talk to them about strategies for managing their anxiety. The extracts below contain suggestions for dealing with worries which you can try together, or use as a starting point to discuss what children can do if they start to feel uncomfortable or worried.
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These are taken from Kids Can Cope: Put Your Worries Away, the perfect book to read together and learn how to deal with real and imagined worries. The book explains what worry is and where it comes from, and why worries make people think and feel the way they do. The suggestions in the book provide solutions for overcoming anxiety that can really help children feel more in control, able to engage with their lives and keep their worries in perspective.
The Kids Can Cope series
This series helps children to deal with emotions and behaviours such as anger, fear, jealousy and shyness. Ideal for readers aged 7 and up, each book is backed up with practical activities for the child to complete and discuss, consolidating and personalising learning. Plus there are extra notes for parents or teachers. The series supports PSHE teaching in the National Curriculum at KS2, and encourages both self development and empathy for others, while fostering resilience and giving advice on how to seek help.