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

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  • Founded on Evidence Based Principles of Exposure Therapy
  • Language Tailored to the Youngest Learners with Rhyme and Repetition 
  • Diverse cast of characters, obsessions, and compulsions
  • A perfect book for kids beginning or currently in treatment for OCD
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What Readers Have To Say

"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

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

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

"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

"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

About the Book

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. 

About the Authors

Drs. Megan Barthle-Herrera and Amanda Marie Balkhi completed thier doctoral training in Psychology from the University of Florida. While there, Drs. Balkhi and Barthle-Herrera developed a deep appreciation for the children and families impacted by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Today, Dr. Barthle-Herrera is a professor within the OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders psychology clinic in the University of Florida Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program while Dr. Balkhi is the Executive Director of the Balkhi Foundation. Together they hope to make treatment for childhood OCD a little bit easier for young children and thier families.

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