Called Anxiety Solutions for Kids: 50 ways to ride the wave, these cards are based on solution-focussed, strengths-based techniques used for many years by experienced consulting psychologist, Selina Byrne M.A.P.S, to help children with worry and anxiety, and to build their wellbeing and resilience.
For most people, flashes of worry, nervousness or apprehension happen every now and then. Such experiences serve us very well—they are part of a healthy warning system that develops as we learn from experience and keeps us safe from potential harm. However, sometimes worry can become an unwanted habit and cause all kinds of discomfort. This is when it tips over into anxiety and can become an excruciating and debilitating experience—wreaking havoc in mind, body and soul.
Many children as well as adults experience anxiety. Whether it is anxiety caused by a particularly challenging circumstance, or generalized, free-floating worry for no apparent reason, this experience can be excruciating and this is so distressing for parents to witness in their children.
Most kids and people with anxiety think they have little or no control over how they feel or what thoughts they have, so author, Selina Byrne M.A.P.S and publisher of strengths-based tools, Innovative Resources, got together to design a tool that will help children learn how to take things to a new place in the brain.
"It’s not about ‘curing’ or ‘getting rid of’ anxiety, it’s all about learning how to tolerate the anxiety and to manage it in a way that makes life easier."
You can do so many things with these cards. You can learn strategies systematically, one at a time, or you can dip in and choose by random. The idea is to just do the activity according to the brief instruction on the cards and then notice which strategies you enjoy the most, or which ones have the biggest brain impact.
Selina Byrne M.A.P.S has used the methods extensively with children in her private practice for more than the last 10 years, blogs about them and has written a book about them.
These techniques arise out of solution-focussed, strengths-based approaches, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, brain research, optimism theory, mindfulness practices, interpersonal therapy and behaviour models.