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This engaging and in-depth children's book teaches all about anxiety and how to overpower it using ten Wiley Owl wise-thinking tools.
This engaging and in-depth children's book teaches all about anxiety and how to overpower it using ten Wiley Owl wise-thinking tools. To order now that the Kickstarter Campaign is over, please visit my website at www.SharonSelby.com
This engaging and in-depth children's book teaches all about anxiety and how to overpower it using ten Wiley Owl wise-thinking tools. To order now that the Kickstarter Campaign is over, please visit my website at www.SharonSelby.com
249 backers pledged CA$ 23,915 to help bring this project to life.

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Surfing the Worry Imp's Wave - Reducing Children's Anxiety

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Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave is a children’s book and complete resource for parents and professionals to teach children approximately ages 5-10 yrs. about anxiety and anxiety management skills.

To donate to this campaign to reduce anxiety in young children, look to the top right of this page and click on the green button "Back this project" to donate an amount of your choosing or view the 'Pledge' options --->  

(Preordering a hardcover copy of the book, starts at the $25 pledge level and if you would like more than one book, keep scrolling down. Keep scrolling through the different choices and "click" on the one you would like.)

You will then be taken to the payment page.  Thank you so much for your support, I really appreciate it.   

For more information about the project, keep on reading :-)

But first... I would like to express my gratitude to Eric Langhjelm of VPG, for his passion to decrease anxiety in children and his generous support as a corporate sponsor of this campaign to promote the readership of my children's anxiety book so that it will reach a wider audience and help decrease the high rates of anxiety in young children.

 New Stretch Goal Announced!

It would be amazing to donate 25 books and start a podcast on anxiety to help thousands and thousands of children.
It would be amazing to donate 25 books and start a podcast on anxiety to help thousands and thousands of children.

 

I'm excited to announce that every backer will now receive a free audiobook of "Surfing the Worry Imp's Wave" too!
I'm excited to announce that every backer will now receive a free audiobook of "Surfing the Worry Imp's Wave" too!

 

 

This is a mockup image of what the book will look like.
This is a mockup image of what the book will look like.

Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave is an engaging story where six children attend the Wiley Owl Summer Camp and through their day-to-day activities learn ten Wiley Owl wise-thinking tools to shrink and overpower the mischievous “Worry Imp” - the metaphor for anxiety. 

To reduce the record-high rates of child anxiety, we need to catch it early!  Knowing how to manage anxiety is not intuitive and therefore it’s important to teach children, from a young age, the knowledge and skills to overpower it.

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GET FREE ACCESS TO A RECORDED WEBINAR ON:

UNDERSTANDING ANXIETY AND ANXIETY MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES


 

Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave incorporates evidence-based strategies from Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), such as  recognizing our Worry Imp thoughts and how we can change them to Wiley Wise Owl thoughts.

Each chapter has an optional art activity or craft connected to the concept being taught.

The book is accompanied by a free Digital Discussion and Activity Guide for parents and professionals with deeper explanations of the CBT strategies, recordings of meditations and the Worry Imp song, extra templates of art pages, and directions and sample photographs of the crafts.

At the end of the book, and in the Digital Discussion and Activity Guide, you will find a certificate of completion for your surfer.

Your child can also decorate a shoe box to represent a treasure chest or tool box for the ten Wiley Owl wise-thinking cards. 

(**Please note that the REWARD LEVELS on the right are duplicated to show shipping prices for people who live outside of Greater Vancouver and to give the option of free delivery/pick up for people who live in Greater Vancouver.)

1. The Book + Digital Discussion and Activity Guide

Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave will be a top quality, hardcover 8" x 10” book. It will be 110 pages of valuable content and beautiful colour illustrations.  

With the children's book comes The Digital Discussion and Activity Guide (PDF) which will support you through every concept, provide extra art activity sheets, recorded meditations, arts and crafts directions and sample photographs.

2. The Kickstarter Exclusive Mazes & Colouring Book

In addition to the amazing Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave book and Digital Discussion and Activity guide, backers will receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Mazes & Colouring Book: Ten “Catch the Worry Imp” mazes and five colouring pages of your favourite characters: Wiley Owl, Sammy Seal and Worry Imp.

 

3. Meet the Creator

 I’m happy to consult with you via Skype or Zoom for one hour about anxiety management strategies in general or strategies specific to your personal situation.

4. The School Kit

If you want as many children as possible to learn evidence-based cognitive behavioural strategies to reduce anxiety, this is the reward for you. You can get the School Kit for your children’s school, another school or an organization of your choice.

  • 10 copies of Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave + Digital Discussion/Activity Guide and unlimited copies of activity sheets.
  • 10 Mazes/Colouring Books + Digital “Spot the Worry Imp’s Mind Tricks” card game
  • 10 classroom posters featuring the 10 Wiley Owl Wise-Thinking Tools
Mock up of poster
Mock up of poster
 

5. SURFING THE WORRY IMP’S WAVE WORKSHOP TO DECREASE ANXIETY IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN

The Worry Imp tries to make us only see one part of the whole picture.
The Worry Imp tries to make us only see one part of the whole picture.

For this reward, you will receive all that’s included in the SURFING THE WORRY IMP’S WAVE School Kit + an inspiring, one-day workshop run by the creator in a school of your choice!

The workshop will help children (and adults) understand anxiety and how to overpower it with games, stories and engaging activities. (Travel costs and accommodation not included.)

Sharon Selby originally trained and worked as an elementary school teacher and elementary school counsellor, therefore she has a lot of experience in delivering engaging lessons and activities to both teachers and students. She has also presented over 50 workshops to local school parent groups and provided professional development training to teachers on anxiety. 

"Sharon did an exceptional job helping our teachers and families better understand student stress and anxiety. Through a series of thought provoking presentations and workshops, Sharon provided us with a number of tools and strategies designed to help us better support our anxious children and build resilience. Sharon’s workshops were informative, interactive, practical and included a splash of humour!"

~ Ian Kennedy, Former Head of Collingwood Junior School

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No worries, it's easy! After you select the reward level you would like or an amount you decide to pledge that is not tied to a reward, you’ll be asked to provide your payment details. Once the funding goal is reached then your payment will be processed and we will contact you for your shipping address.  (Please note that for orders outside of Canada, we are not responsible for any duty that your country may charge.)  We will then work hard to complete and deliver the books to you. In the unfortunate case that we do not reach our funding goal, you will not be charged at all. Learn more about the process here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Readers!
Happy Readers!

 

The money raised from this Kickstarter campaign will help to decrease the high rates of child anxiety by enabling this beautifully illustrated hard cover book to be finished, printed and delivered to children around the world. The initial funding goal of $12,000 will help to fund:

 

 

 

Sharon Selby (MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor) has been counselling children and families for over 20 years and is passionate about helping families feel less stress and anxiety and more calm in their lives. 

She runs a busy private practice in West Vancouver, BC where she supports many children and teens with anxiety through 1:1 counselling and she also runs several groups throughout the year to teach children about anxiety and anxiety management strategies.

She has been featured on Breakfast Television, Fairchild Television, Empower Radio as well as an Anxiety Expert-on-Air for St. John Ambulance and has written articles for Westcoast Families and Island Families Magazines.

 

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Risks and challenges

Risks are low. I have spent a year creating this book and having it professionally illustrated. I have had feedback from over one hundred children who I work with in 1:1 counselling sessions as well as groups for anxiety management. In addition, I've shared this book with highly reputable mental health professionals and received endorsements from psychiatrists, psychologists, paediatricians and clinical counsellors. I've also shared the book with teachers and parents and have received positive feedback from everyone.

To further minimize any risks, I am working with one of the top printing companies in Canada, Friesens Book Division. They are renowned for producing high quality, hardcover, environmentally friendly books.

One of the most exciting aspects of "Surfing the Worry Imp's Wave" is that it will create an opportunity for early proactive intervention. From a young age, parents and professionals will be able to teach children to understand the "worry voice" that comes into our mind, and give them concrete strategies for overpowering it, thus reducing the record-high rates of childhood anxiety everywhere.

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    SURFING THE WORRY IMP’S WAVE SCHOOL KIT

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    WORKSHOP TO DECREASE ANXIETY IN CHILDREN

    You will receive all that’s included in the SURFING THE WORRY IMP’S WAVE School Kit + an inspiring, one-day workshop run by the creator in a school of your choice!

    The workshop will help children (and adults) understand anxiety and how to overpower it with games, stories and engaging activities.

    (Travel costs and accommodation not included)

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