Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety


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Worry has a way of growing, shifting from not-a-big-deal to a VERY BIG DEAL in the blink of an eye. This big-deal Worry is tricky, luring children into behaviours that keep the anxiety cycle going. Children often find it hard to fight back against Worry, but not anymore. Outsmarting Worry teaches 9-13 year olds and the adults who care about them a specific set of skills that makes it easier to face – and overcome – worries and fears. Smart, practical, proven techniques are presented in language immediately accessible to children with an emphasis on shifting from knowing to doing, from worried to happy and free.


  • Intro to Parents and Caregivers
  • 1. Getting Started
  • 2. Recognize Your Worries
  • 3. Brain and Body
  • 4. Question Your Worries
  • 5. Challenge Your Worries
  • 6. Doing More of a Hard Thing
  • 7. Picking the Right Thing to Get Used to
  • 8. But I’m Still Scared!
  • 9. Brain Corrections
  • 10. Limit Your Worries
  • 11. Whack-a-Worry

Author Bio:

Dawn Huebner, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Parent Coach specializing in anxiety. She is the author of 9 books for children Ten years ago, Dr. Huebner recognized the need for lively, easy-to-read materials to help children practice the cognitive-behavioural strategies they were learning in her office. She created a format effective for 6-12-year-olds – the What to Do Guides for Kids – which have now sold over a million copies. Her newest books maintain her distinctive clarity and gentle humour while adding a layer of sophistication appreciated by older children and teens.


‘When children worry, their attempts to feel safe and comfortable only make worry more powerful. Helping anxious children understand and embrace this concept is no small feat. Dawn Huebner’s latest book gets the job done, unmasking worry and showing kids-with clarity and playful encouragement-how to put worry in its rightful place.’ – Lynn Lyons, LICSW, co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents and Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids