Worry Wobbles Lapbook - Item 439 - Elsa Support

Worry Wobbles Lapbook – Item 439

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The Worry Wobbles lapbook is another way of helping younger children with their worries. We already have a workbook and an intervention and thought that this would another good way for working one to one with a child. Lots of people love using lapbooks because they can see how much the children are engaged.

This lapbook can be used over a series of sessions.

There isn’t a suggested order of working through this lapbook and you can be flexible depending on the needs of the child. Definitely start off with asking them what worries are. I would link it to fear or being scared. Something that keeps bothering you and you can’t stop thinking about it. A good starting point might be the title of ‘Worry wobbles’ you could discuss what the title means.

Included in the Worry Wobbles lapbook are the following pockets:

  • Find the worried face – This is about children recognising a worried face. What is the facial expression like? Can they make this facial expression, play the pairs game and find the two worried faces? Can they draw a worried face? Use the cards to talk about all of the emotions that are included.
  • Body feelings – This is about identifying where in their bodies to do they feel their worries. Do they get butterflies in their tummy? Does their heart beat faster? Do they feel hot? Cold? Do their muscles feel tense or do they feel a bit dizzy. There is a body shape to use and one for information. Laminate and use either dry wipe pen or playdough to identify those body feelings.
  • Who can I talk to – This pocket is about discussing their support network. Identifying people who they can talk to about any worries, especially BIG worries. It will be simply a matter of them drawing and naming people who they trust and feel comfortable. I would definitely expect you to be on one of the cards.
  • Big worries or small worries – Scaling worries between big and small is the purpose of this pocket. Is this a worry that they could possibly deal with themselves or something they would need help from one of their trusted people? There are two monsters, one big and one small. Making sure they understand that vocabulary of big and small is important so play little games like find me the BIG monster, find me the SMALL monster! Use the little scale for them to identify whether a worry they have is big or small.
  • Thoughts – Children can learn a bit more about how their thoughts make them feel with this pocket. There are some thoughts included in the pocket which represent ‘scary thoughts’ and ‘happy thoughts’ Please use your discretion on which ones you use with the child you are working with. There are also blank thoughts where the child can draw scary thoughts or happy thoughts. They need to be able to make the connection that when you think happy thoughts you feel happy and when you think scary thoughts it makes you feel scared (or worried). Changing our scary thoughts to happy thoughts can be a good distraction or coping strategy. You can use the emotion cards from the ‘Find the worried face’ to sort out the clouds between scary and happy.
  • My worries– Children can identify their worries using this pocket and scale them with the monsters on whether they are big worries or small worries. They can write or draw their worry and then decide which monster represents that worry. This is where you would discuss that BIG worries always need to be talked about with one of their trusted people. The small worries can be coped with by using things like ‘changing our worried or scary thoughts’ to ‘happy thoughts’. There are also other coping skills in the game on the back of the lapbook that can be practised and discussed.
  • Coping skills game – This simple game with 9 coping skills cards will help children identify coping skills they can use for their ‘small worries’. Simply use two counters and a die to work around the board. Each time you land on a child then take a card and practise or discuss the coping strategy. This is also a good time to talk about any other coping strategies that might be helpful.
  • Name for front cover– Help the child write their name as colourfully as possible. This is THEIR lapbook and belongs to them.
  • Picture for front cover – Help the child draw their own picture of themselves or use a photograph to stick here.
  • Worry wobbles lapbook Title – Either use the coloured version or ask the child to help you colour in the writing for sticking to the front of the lapbook.
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