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A much anticipated resource for families of young children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - for the first time young children with OCD can see themselves represented in a diverse cast of children as they challenge and beat their Worry Monster!

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Our Newest Release

One, Two, What Do I Do? A Children's Guide to Talking Back to OCD's Intrusive Thoughts

A much anticipated resource for families of young children with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - for the first time young children with OCD can see themselves represented in a diverse cast of children as they challenge and beat their Worry Monster! With exciting images and a familiar rhyme, this book is a perfect treatment companion for children with OCD and their families. 

Follow Zara, Finn, Sophia, Shah, and Jayden as they each challenge their unique obsessions and compulsions voiced by their personal Worry Monster. Using the principles of exposure therapy, each character finds the courage to use their skills to shrink their Worry Monster from an unimaginable beast to a pocket-sized annoyance. 

Research Based Principles

Children are introduced to exposure therapy principles using age appropriate language.

Geared to Little Learners

Using a familiar rhyme and bright illustrations, young children will love to follow the story. 

Diverse Characters and Symptoms

Children can see both a diverse cast of children and OCD obsessions and compulsions. 

Written by Professionals

Written by psychologists with extensive clinical and research experience with OCD. 

What's the Word?

Praise for One, Two, What Do I Do? A Children's Guide to Talking Back to OCD's Intrusive Thoughts from some of the best minds in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Research and Treatment. 

"This book is perfect for clinicians and parents helping young children tackle their own worry monster. The beautiful and inclusive illustrations, combined with clear language, can give the boost of confidence one needs to challenge their own worry monster."

Maria G Fraire, PhD.Maria G Fraire, PhD.Program Director, OCD Institute for Children & Adolescents, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

"Drs. Balkhi and Barthle-Herrera are to be congratulated for filling a notable gap in the literature by crafting a child friendly book to accompany treatment among youth with OCD. Based on evidence-supported cognitive-behavioral principles, this book is perfectly attuned to young kids (and their families), has fun and engaging illustrations, and clearly illustrates core concepts to support ongoing therapy."

Eric Storch, Ph.D.Eric Storch, Ph.D.Professor, Vice Chair, & McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Baylor College of Medicine

"In this much needed resource, Drs. Balkhi and Barthle-Herrera have created a fun, colorful read that doubles as both psychoeducation about and a guidebook for how to defeat OCD for young children. Wrapped around a familiar nursery rhyme is a fun read-along story that shows children from all backgrounds and types of OCD working hard to become the boss of their Worry Monster. With accessible language and wonderful illustrations, this book needs to be a mainstay in the library of anyone working with OCD in youth."

Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D.Caleb W. Lack, Ph.D.Professor of Psychology University of Central Oklahoma

“A much needed treatment companion for young children with OCD”

Wayne Goodman, MDWayne Goodman, MDChair of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine

Why Books Matter

Exposing children to characters who resemble themselves in books can be powerful in promoting skills aquisition and generalization. When children see characters who are similar to them engaging in various activities and navigating different situations, it provides them with models for behavior. 

Moreover, witnessing other children in books can allow for the generalization of skills across different contexts. By observing characters facing challenges or experiencing emotions similar to their own, children can connect these experiences to their own lives. This promotes resilience and adaptive coping strategies, fostering a sense of confidence and competence in children as they navigate the complexities of their world.

We Believe Books Should Be

  • Exciting and Easy to Follow
  • Engaging for Children and Families 
  • Applicable to Situations in the Real World 
  • Based on Proven Ideas and Solutions

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