The Playground Problem: A Book about Anxiety (SEN Superpowers)

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Ruby feels anxious about her show and tell presentation. But when she discovers that Joey is having a hard time at lunch, it's up to Ruby to use her SEN Superpowers to cheer him up. Will it help ease her own anxiety too? SEN Superpowers: The Playground Problem explores the topic of anxiety with an empowering story and adorable illustrations.

The SEN Superpowers series celebrates the positive traits associated with a range of common SEN (Special Education Needs) conditions, boosting the confidence and strength-awareness of children with those conditions, while also allowing for better understanding and positivity among their peers. Each book includes a page of discussion points about the story, a page of tips for how to boost abilities (inclusive for children with and without special educational needs), and, finally, a further page of notes for parents and teachers. The books feature a dyslexic-friendly font to encourage accessibility and inclusivity for all readers.

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The Playground Problem: A Book About Anxiety

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Notes for Parents and Teachers

Try to consider the suitability of tasks that you give to a child with anxiety. They may worry constantly and struggle to process information. However, being anxious can also mean that you are extra aware of everything and, just like Ruby, children with anxiety are often attentive to other people’s social cues and body language. A bonus of this extra social attention is that children with anxiety are usually very empathetic.

Discussion Points About the Story

Explain to the children what anxiety is and how a stressful situation can heighten feelings of worry. Also talk about the positive aspects of having anxiety, such as being attentive and empathetic. In this book are some discussion points about the story that will help children with their comprehension skills as well as developing their awareness of anxiety:

Tips for Coping with Anxiety

Here are some tips to help children stay calm and activate their memory so they can be superheroes like Ruby!

1. Doodle.

2. Imagine it

3. Breathe in.

4. Practice!

The Story

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At lunch, Ruby kept thinking about her speech. She had practised it so many times and knew all the words. There was no one around, so she decided to say her speech out loud.

It was perfect! She turned around and saw a tree. The branches moved in the wind like they were clapping for her.

Ruby stood up and took a deep breath. She put her note cards down. Then she closed her eyes and started talking.

When she was done, she opened her eyes.

Everyone clapped. But Joey was clapping the loudest!

“You seemed lonely all by yourself and I could tell by the look on your face,” replied Ruby.

“And thanks for cheering me on earlier. I couldn’t have done my speech without you. Let’s play together again tomorrow!” said Ruby.

Publisher‏:‎QEB Publishing; Illustrated edition (October 15, 2019)
Hardcover‏:‎24 pages
Reading age‏:‎5 – 7 years
Lexile measure‏:‎600L
Grade level‏:‎Kindergarten – 2
Item Weight‏:‎8.5 ounces
Dimensions‏:‎8.25 x 0.4 x 8.25 inches

Price: $7.12
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