Review, review!

Recently, Little Worm grabbed the attention of professionals who shared thoughts about the book. Houston Family Psychology posted a review on the Blog section of the website. Hearing how the book was used in a clinical setting matched perfectly with how I imagined professionals could utilize Little Worm in session with young clients. A portion of the review reads: 

Next, I brought the book to work, where I read it with some of my young patients. All of the children were drawn in by the bright, colorful pictures and rhyming prose, and seemed to enjoy the story, and some of them opened up more than usual about their anxious symptoms and concerns after reading this book. The children who opened up the most were ones who could relate to Little Worm more, specifically children who experience physical symptoms in response to anxiety and children who have difficulty dealing with changes of plan. 

For other posts with valuable information, visit the Houston Family Psychology Blog and click around! I know you'll land on something useful. 

Additionally, the Midwest Book Review had these words to share about Little Worm: 

Today is the day: Little Worm is going to run a whole mile! But oh no, it's raining! Little Worm starts to feel sad, and then he feels funny. He's so disappointed. Little Worm has been looking forward to this day for weeks. What if he can’t run at all today? Enhanced for children ages 3 to 7 with illustrations by Armando Loredo, "Little Worm: A Story about Worry" by licensed marriage and family therapist and a registered play therapist, Laura Ann Elpers Pierce deftly models how to handle worry and anxiety when things don't turn out the way we expect. Children will delight in joining Little Worm as he learns how to readjust his plans and work through his anxiety! Thoroughly 'kid friendly' and entertaining in tone, content, and presentation, "Little Worm: A Story about Worry" is very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

The Midwest Book Review has been reviewing books 1976, and it's an honor to have been included in their publications this month!

For many other reviews, you can log into your Amazon account and scroll through the numerous supporters who have left their thoughts and love for Little Worm.

If you have thoughts about Little Worm that you would like to share, email me at feelingfriendsbooks@gmail.com

Laura Ann Pierce
Learn about the BRAIN!

I recently came across an article, "What Anxious and Angry Kids Need To Know About Their Brain," that gives an excellent explanation of how to talk about the brain with children.

Author of the article, Nicole Schwarz, opens by saying, "Big feelings like anger, frustration, jealousy, anxiety, sadness, and stress can be overwhelming to kids. Without warning, their body is flooded with physical sensations – racing heart, tense muscles, sweat, tingling fingers....One way to empower your child (and to reassure them that they are totally normal), is to teach them about the brain." 

I couldn't agree more! One thing I love to do in session with children is teach them different aspects of the brain and how it works. This understanding really helps children in challenging moments! It also helps parents and caregivers by having another strategy to remember when a child is having a hard time managing a big emotion. Take a moment to read the article and see how you and your child can learn more about the brain together!

Laura Ann Pierce
Podcast: The Anxious Child

I recently discovered a podcast called "Preschool and Beyond" and have really enjoyed catching up on episodes and exploring the different topics presented. The podcast is presented by Discovery Child Development Center and as stated on their website, their goal "is to answer common questions that arise during the preschool years, and provide helpful tips and ideas on how to engage with your preschool children." Sharing their perspectives in the podcast are varying professionals, including  teachers, researchers, and other early childhood experts. Today, as I drove into work, I caught up on Episode 22: The Anxious Child. As I listened, I found myself nodding as Dr. Kristin Olson shared information about anxiety and children. So much of what she offered to listeners in the podcast matches exactly what I share with parents in my office every day. Professionals agree: anxiety is real for children and their parents can play a huge role in helping them learn to manage and understand worry! If you're interested, take a listen for yourself. I think you'll find the perspective helpful and relevant. You'll hear why reading Little Worm: A Story About Worry with your child can be useful! The podcast is fairly short and an easy listen! Just another resource for caregivers interested in finding the best ways to support children! Enjoy!

 

Laura Ann Pierce
A Note from the Author

THANK YOU for introducing a child to Little Worm! This book was written to encourage children to identify and express their feelings, specifically worry. When faced with a problem or challenge, worry can often be our body’s first response as we attempt to solve the problem or struggle through the challenging situation. For children, this feeling can be quite overwhelming, interrupting their ability to make decisions or execute a task at hand.

While reading the book, it’s likely children will identify with Little Worm’s feelings and reactions throughout the pages. As a caregiver, you can support children and their emotional development by validating their personal expressions and engaging them in conversations about their own feelings. In general, one simple way to validate a child’s feeling is to genuinely respond to what you see the child experiencing. This can be done by lovingly saying, “You feel really worried right now.” Reading Little Worm is a great place to practice this type of communication with your child. After each page, say out-loud what you notice about Little Worm. It may be, “He did not expect it to be raining!” and “He is having a hard time because he does not know what will happen next.” Each expression of validation communicates to a child that you understand, thus confirming that all feelings are real and accepted.

Often, when a child expresses worry, an adult’s initial reaction is to problem solve so the child is relieved of the difficult feeling. To foster strong emotional health, I challenge you instead to listen and validate the child’s feeling. By validating instead of fixing, you are demonstrating that you recognize their feeling as real, encouraging healthy emotional expression, and allowing an opportunity for the child to learn how to manage the feeling without caregiver intervention.

Although the worry may seem inconvenient or unimportant to you as an adult, the feeling is very much real and significant for the child. By listening and expressing a genuine understanding, you have an opportunity to build upon your relationship and strengthen a child’s ability to manage worry effectively in the future.

For additional information, continue searching the website for more tips and information!

Laura Ann Pierce