People with higher levels of anxiety tend to have situations they avoid or have trouble dealing with. Often times these events are only perceived in the mind. It is exacerbated by the thought, “WHAT IF…”, thinking a worse case scenario. We say this is when YOUR WORRIES ARE BOSSING YOU AROUND. This tends to be a
statement that many kids can understand as they are used to saying, “You’re not the boss of me”.
Read this social story with your student. There are 3 typical/example scenarios that kids worry often about... Trying new things, sleeping alone, and being embarrassed. Worries can be so strong, they make you avoid or be inflexible about situations. Using these examples, you can teach your student when to identify when they are worrying too much. This social story is to be used in conjunction with a social story on positive self-talk as a way to combat excessive worrying.