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Totally Chill: My Complete Guide to Staying Cool

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Totally Chill:  My Complete Guide to Staying Cool

 A Stress Management Workbook for Kids With Social, Emotional, or Sensory Sensitivities

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When parenting, teaching and working with children who have social, emotional, and/or sensory sensitivities, we often put the emphasis on learning new skills. Countless hours are spent working on social skills, fine- and gross-motor skills, language skills, and academic skills, but stress management skills are often left unaddressed. This is unfortunate, as stress can create a multitude of challenges for learning and daily living. In other words, it can create barriers to the very things we are trying to teach. Besides, it can cause distress, which can lead to meltdowns and behavioral outbursts.

In short, it is crucial that children learn and develop skills to help them to manage their stress as independently as possible. Totally Chill: My Complete Guide to Staying Cool is a stress management workbook that is meant to be read, completed, and used as much as possible by children themselves. Its fun graphics and interactive style make it ideal for children grades 3 through middle school.

Everyone feels stress, adults and children alike. It's part of life. But life can be a lot easier when we learn new skills and ideas to help us handle the stress in our lives. Foreword by Kathy Selvaggi-Faden, MD.


Christopher Lynch, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the program coordinator for the Pediatric Behavioral Medicine department within Goryeb Children's Hospital. Dr. Lynch provides extensive services for children who have social, emotional, behavioral, and/or sensory needs. His passion and career focus has been on developing therapy services to help these children with developing stress and anxiety management skills. Dr. Lynch has 15 plus years of experience in the field of child behavioral health. He has practiced in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and clinics both at home and abroad, including 5 years in Ireland. Dr. Lynch has spoken on and published material on a wide range of topics that pertain to child behavioral health. He resides in Cranford, NJ with his wife and 3 sons.

ISBN: 9781937473044

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 10 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - This is not only a super resource for children who live with stress, but it is also a `must have' addition to the general health science curriculum for all children. As a resource/workbook, the text progressively addresses key issues involved with stress, from the basic physical symptoms to the essential organizational skills and nutritional choices needed to avoid becoming stressed. Other global issues are addressed such as creating supportive friendships and dealing with bullies. The author, Dr. Christopher Lynch, has written the text so that it not only talks to children experiencing stress, but also informs the adults who support them. Stress and anxiety can adversely impact children and lead to challenging behavior, and yet it rarely gets the direct attention it deserves, in either our health curriculum or our behavior management plans. The chapter addressing the Science of Stress will benefit anyone working with children. It is nicely laid out, full of facts and thought provoking exercises. I also found the chapter on relaxation to be exceptional. Dr. Lynch addresses the need to relax both mind and body, and offers suggestions such as imagery and meditation, which are often over-looked when working with highly anxious children. Tolerance of difficult life events and flexible thinking are needed to survive in the highly social environment of school, and this book does a knock-out job of addressing this issue as it impacts stress in children. One of my favorite sections of the whole book is the one that challenges unhealthy thinking patterns that are so common in children who experience big worries.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 10 2016
Customer Review: Laura Evelyn - We are loving this workbook so far!!! I love how positive it is, my 8yr old HFA/ ADHD/ ODD son can work on important life skills without the usual undertone of "there's something wrong with you." As an Aspie/ HFA adult myself I can't emphasize how important it is for these ideas to be presented with cold hard science to back them up & this workbook does exactly that. I plan to update this review further in the future, as we are currently only on chapter two, "the science of stress," but I wanted to share our experience so far for other people who may be on the fence about this purchase. review image review image review image
LENEXA, Kansas
June 10 2016
Customer Review: Jackie - It really does a good job of teaching kids how to self regulate. Great tool for both home and school.
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