Supporting Kids and Teens with Exam Stress in School – A Workbook
£22.99 exc. VAT
By Joanne Steer, illustrated by Suzy Ross
This fun, interactive workbook offers parents and professionals tried and tested techniques to support children dealing with exam stress, with chapters focused on lifestyle management (exercise, diet, work-fun balance), CBT tools (relaxation, positive self-talk, thought challenging) and other psychological methods (such as mindfulness).
As young people are exposed to more and more pressure at school, exam stress comes hand in hand. This workbook, a fun and interactive resource aimed at children and teens aged 10 and over, offers teachers, other professionals and parents tried and tested techniques to support young people’s wellbeing through revision and exams.
Applying a cognitive behavioural framework, it will help pupils to consider academic stress in terms of thoughts, feeling, body sensations and behaviour. Strategies encompass managing a child’s lifestyle, namely exercise and diet, tried and tested CBT techniques, relaxation, positive self-talk and thought challenging, and other psychological methods such as mindfulness. Chapters will look at the day of the exam itself, evaluate stress in children with special educational needs and provide practical advice for parents as to how they can most successfully support their child.
With photocopiable resources to use with the young person and suitable for either individual use or group work, Supporting Kids and Teens with Exam Stress in Schools will guide parents, teachers, tutors, therapists and other supporting adults to conquer students’ fears, improve exam performance and, perhaps most important of all, maintain a work-fun balance in young people’s lives.
‘Comforting without being condescending, this book provides clear guidance and structured support for anyone worried about exams. Working through the activities will enable young people to understand and take control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to take practical steps to setting and reaching their goals. (Oh, and there’s great guidance and ideas for supporting adults too!)’
– Dr Pooky Knightsmith, Mental Health Advisor, Author, Speaker & Educator
‘This brilliant book is accessible for all ages from the Year 6 pupil dealing with their SATs to the Year 13 student preparing for their A-level examination and university life. I liked the information section for adults, the useful pointers to websites and information and the reflection for parents and adults so that they could appreciate what our young people are experiencing. It has a user-friendly layout that you can work through on a section-by-section basis, you can then dip in and out of the sections as needed to refresh, top up and reflect for last minute revision. The hands-on practical activities, the hints and guidance on a range of topics make this book a ‘go to’ guide for parents, kids and professionals. I loved the top tips, loved the illustrations, the language was accessible to all and the fact that all activities could be group or individual. It was real, thoughtful, empathetic and enabled the kids to develop resilience rather than reliance – I really loved it!’
– Siobhán Lowe, Head Teacher, Tolworth Girls’ School and Sixth Form
‘A versatile, user friendly and highly practical resource that I can see will be of benefit for young people, their parents and a range of professionals. The book is easy to navigate thus making it perfect for individualising the support and development needed and wanted. I can see its applicability for individuals and groups alike. The chapter that focuses on the supporting adult themselves is a real bonus and an important starting point. I highly recommend and will start making use of immediately.’
– Dr. Rebecca Williamson, Senior Educational Psychologist, Achieving for Children and Academic and Professional Tutor, University College London.