Wilma Jean the Worry Machine
Wilma Jean worries about everything – she worries about missing the bus, doing a math problem wrong, having friends to play with, and getting carrots in her school lunch! Wilma Jean’s teacher helps her figure out what worries she can control and those that she can’t and what to do about both types of worries. 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 anyone's control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages! Grades 2-6. Softcover. 32 pages