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Following the success of The Worry Bug series in Canterbury funding has been allocated for schools and ECE in Kaikoura and Hurunui

The Worry Bug series consists of three books in english and Te reo Māori for children aged approx 4-12.  The books are beautifully illustrated with peer-reviewed teaching notes and parent support notes which address mild to moderate anxiety in classrooms and homes.  The books have been well received in the Canterbury area and following requests from principals and parents in your district the Rātā Foundation have offered funding for every teacher and child aged 4-12 to receive a copy.

The books are story based, using the principles of Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Theory.  Massey University have been researching the books' efficacy since they launched and will continue their research in Kaikoura and Hurunui.  Schools will be invited to opt in to the research project. 

Books will be delivered this term for use next term.  The lesson plans are easily resourced and curriculum linked and your school will be supported in their delivery by the books creators- Sarina Dickson (Teacher) and Julie Burgess-Manning (Registered Psychologist). We will be asking participating schools to nominate a contact person within the school for us to send more information to and collect numbers of books required from.

Please reply to this email with the name and contact email of the person in your school who will be our main point of contact and we will be in touch directly with them to collect numbers required.

Please be in touch with any questions, or visit for more information.

Warm regards

Sarina Dickson & Julie Burgess-Manning

Maia & the Worry Bug - For children aged 4-8 years
Wishes & Worries -For teachers of children 4-8 years
Rising Tide - For children aged 8/9-12 years and their teachers
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