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The JOY of Coping Skills

The purpose of THE JOY OF COPING SKILLS is to give young people 9 – 11 years of age the information and skills they need to handle life’s challenges and difficulties in positive ways. This is accomplished by teaching them about nightmares, danger, illness, and trauma. This guide is loaded with all kinds of engaging classroom experiences and activities that are educational, interactive and fun for young people.

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This guide includes the following lessons:


Lesson One – Fear and Its Causes

Lesson Two – Exaggerated, Irrational, or Displaced Fears

Lesson Three – First Four Steps for Handling Emotions

Lesson Four – Last Two Steps for Handling Emotions

Lesson Five – About Nightmares

Lesson Six – Nightmares About the Present

Lesson Seven – Nightmares About the Past and Future

Lesson Eight – Danger and Dangerous Situations

Lesson Nine – Dangerous Objects

Lesson Ten – Dangerous Places

Lesson Eleven – Preparing for Emergencies

Lesson Twelve – Responding to Emergencies

Lesson Thirteen – Handling Emergencies

Lesson Fourteen – Illness

Lesson Fifteen – Avoiding Illness

Lesson Sixteen – Handling Illness

Lesson Seventeen – Trauma

Lesson Eighteen – Trauma That’s Your Fault

Lesson Nineteen – Trauma That’s Not Your Fault

Lesson Twenty – Keeping Trauma in Perspective