Winnie & Her Worries
An Anxiety Relief Toolbox for
Children and their Caretakers
Reena B. Patel, MA. LEP. BCBA Illustrated by: Jared Hogue
“What’s to worry about?” Reena Patel has written a children’s picture book entitled ‘Winnie and Her Worries An Anxiety Toolbox for Children and their Caretakers. This is the picture story of a little girl named Winnie and how she deals with what is bothering her throughout her day. Winnie shares activities that she enjoys as well as what worries her. She learns how to use her coping skills to help deal with the various kinds of feelings she feels. Winnie learns what best works for her.
The artwork from the cover throughout Winnie & Her Worries
is basic and colorful that brings out the emotions of Winnie and all involved including the reader. We can all relate to what Winnie is feeling for at one point we all have needed to learn ways of coping with our problems and issues good and bad. This is a book that could be used by all from parents to professional therapists and teachers along with a few other professions that allow for some anxiety issues. The last two pages of this picture book give the tools for all to use to stimulate awareness of what is going on with our mind and body.Winnie & Her Worries
could be used with the geriatric population as well for there was an exercise called ‘Mindful Breathing’ that could be of help for learning how to relax. Teachers and counselors could use this picture book and its’ techniques when dealing with some discipline issues or ADHD students, as in using (with permission) ‘Body Scan’ and ‘Three Senses’. Just be Aware!
About the Author
Reena Patel, MA, LEP, BCBA, has had the privilege of working with families and children supporting all aspects of education and positive wellness for the past two decades as a Guidance Counselor, Licensed Educational Psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ms. Patel has worked extensively with typically developing children as well as with children with exceptional needs, supporting their academic, behavioral and social development. She routinely holds workshops throughout California, guiding and training parents and educators on the purpose of inclusion and how it can be beneficial for all children. Ms. Patel lives in San Diego, California with her husband and three children
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