I would consider my boy a very active 9 year old. I usually shy away from diagnosing him as ADHD or OCD but he definitely has tendencies. I got him to speak to a therapist who confirmed he has a mild case of OCD which if not discussed can cause future anxiety. So she recommended two books. They have been very insightful not just for him, but for myself and even my wife. They are easy to read, and are genius in taking complex emotions and issues and simplifying them for kids.
I found them to be very therapeutic for me and they have helped him a great deal to be more self aware and think about dealing with some of his tendencies when they do arise. They are affordable and well worth the money – I highly recommend a read and they should have copies of these in most schools and libraries. Highly invaluable. Both are available in Amazon, Indigo and most online bookstores.
- What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming OCD Paperback – Illustrated, Feb. 15 2007 by Dawn Huebner (Author, Contributor). ISBN-10 : 1591478057; ISBN-13 : 978-1591478058
This one guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This interactive self-help book contains examples, activities, and step-by-step instructions that help children master the skills needed to break free from the sticky thoughts and urges of OCD, and live happier lives.
- What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety Paperback – CD, Sept. 15 2005 by Dawn Huebner (Author), Bonnie Matthews (Illustrator). ISBN-10 : 9781591473145; ISBN-13 : 978-1591473145
It is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioural techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. It includes a note to parents by psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, PhD.
I can’t recommend the other books in the series because I haven’t actually read them, but the topics are more than relevant and I would really like to hear form you if you have tried them. I might give them a try at some point soon out of curiosity. Including: