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Bye Bye Butterflies

Bye-Bye Butterflies cover

Would you like to help the special children in your life cope with worry and anxiety?

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of Bye-Bye Butterflies: Seven Ways To Breathe Out Worry, written by our Mind-Body Medicine faculty member Lilita Matison, LCSW. As a K-5 children’s counselor for 5 years, Lilita became familiar with the children’s worries and creative about helping them mindfully cope. This book is a marvelous result. Publicity for the book describes it as teaching “self-regulation, stress management and mind-body techniques”, and it certainly does; but it’s really just the cutest, most empowering and practical gift you could give any young child.

The story concerns Helmut the Hedgehog, an elementary school student, who notices that he is carrying around nervous and worried feelings. Helmut is unsure about how to let go of his worries until he goes on an adventure with an unexpected outcome. And Helmut, as you can see from the book cover, is ADORABLE, thanks to illustrator, Tija Kinens.

Books are available on Amazon (if you purchase through the Center’s Amazon Store, you pay the same price and a little goes to the Center — with our thanks). French, Spanish and Latvian versions are available direct from the publisher

And there’s an app! The animated book can be downloaded to your smartphone or iPad through the Apple and Google Play stores. The animated book includes Draw and Relax sections, and is readable in English, Spanish, French, and Latvian.

Like Helmut on Facebook and follow Helmut on Twitter @breatheoutworry.

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