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Feeling Anxious

Feeling anxious is when we are worried or scared about what might happen or what other people might think about us.

It is normal to feel a little anxious when doing new things or going to new places. We might also feel anxious when we have to do or say something in front of other people. We might worry that we will get something wrong and embarrass ourselves. This is OK.

Feeling anxious can sometimes be helpful. It makes us think carefully about what we are doing so that we get it right.

Sometimes we can worry too much about things that might go wrong and this can stop us doing these things. This is not OK.

Sometimes we can worry too much about what other people think and say about us. This is not OK.

When we feel anxious it can sometimes help to try to think more positive thoughts. We might think about the things that we like and enjoy. We might think about how we might feel when we have been successful.

It is OK to feel anxious sometimes but we can try to think positive thoughts and carry on doing things.

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Use the above example to help you create your own social story matched to your child's needs. You may want to modify some of the language for very young children but try to avoid losing precise meaning when using more accessible language. Creating social stories with photos or picture can often help too. This example is available in a printable format below.

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