What a fun way to combine the skill of self-calming and a childhood favorite art time that comes naturally to all of our kids – coloring and positive messages! Each page of this coloring book contains gentle, kind messages that are easy to read and understand.
As a psychologist in private practice (specializing in children struggling with anxiety) as well as a mom, I am always on the prowl for different ways to engage our children and adolescents in discussing their experience of anxiety and finding real, everyday ways to manage that overwhelming experience. This book is especially helpful in helping me, as a therapist, to engage adolescents while we are establishing a rapport, and with those who may be too nervous to speak their mind.
This coloring book is also part of a fantastic series of books that helps children and adolescents to create visualizations of their anger through the octopus, using the rainbow colors to visualize the escalation and de-escalation of emotions, as well as progressive muscle relaxation to empower our children instead of feeling afraid.
This coloring book makes me feel happy as I am coloring the different characters and scenes. I plan on continuing to use this book with my own children as well as with the children and adolescents with whom I work!