Fear Thermometer Worksheet

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Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by a threat of perceived danger, pain, or harm.

A fear thermometer is a strategy used to help children deal with anxiety by becoming aware of their anxiety level. Furthermore, it is a tool that takes a global rating of a child’s anxious feelings.

Anxiety is characterized by tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like sweating and shaking.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

CBT is a type of psychotherapy used to help individuals identify negative thought patterns, learn how to regulate responses to anxiety-producing situations, and develop healthy coping strategies.

  1. Exposure Therapy

This behavioral therapy is designed to help patients manage problematic fears by exposing them to situations that cause distress.

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet will help children learn simple skills and exercises that help increase feelings of calm and well-being.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet should be used to determine a child’s level of fearfulness/ anxiety. 

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