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Mind over Basketball: Coach Yourself to Handle Stress

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Can things get any worse? Tuck's parents are divorced. He misses his dad. He's in a new house, new town, new school. And to top it off, he can't get court time to practice for the basketball team tryouts. Life feels like one big air ball. Then Coach Walton shows up, and he shows Tuck not just how to play but how to handle all the pressures that kids face, both in the game and in life.

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Overview

Can things get any worse? Tuck's parents are divorced. He misses his dad. He's in a new house, new town, new school. And to top it off, he can't get court time to practice for the basketball team tryouts. Life feels like one big air ball. Then Coach Walton shows up, and he shows Tuck not just how to play but how to handle all the pressures that kids face, both in the game and in life.

Written from a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction perspective, this positive, engaging story for readers ages 8 to 12 incorporates coaching guides with skills-training exercises help kids learn to coach themselves through everyday worry and stress. Mindfulness and cognitive skills included are designed to teach kids to focus on "now," use their breath to keep their cool, make choices that work, focus on the things that deserve attention, re-direct worries, and use rational and positive self-talk.

Ideal for use with kids by parents, teachers, therapists, guidance counselors, and coaches, this book can be used as a text for small groups, classrooms, and counseling sessions.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Written by two psychologists experienced in working with children and teens, this new entry to Magination Press’ line of problem-oriented books offers a self-help guide to young readers for managing stress. There is a slim storyline in which Tuck, whose parents are recently divorced, has moved with his mom to a less desirable home and must attend a new school. He desperately wants to succeed during the tryouts for the traveling basketball team in a few weeks, but is initially kept from practicing on the community court by a couple of bullies. Coach Walton, an old friend of Tuck’s grandfather, comes to the rescue. He not only offers skill tips in basketball but also advice about managing his stress related to the things happening in Tuck’s life right now. Colorful cartoon-like drawings are inserted throughout the text, as are information guides about the nature of stress and various cognitive behavioral coping strategies such as focused breathing, visualization, and managing thoughts and behaviors. The basketball action is convincing, making this more engaging than it might otherwise be. This book could be read alone by the student or used in conjunction with counseling or classroom sessions on managing stress. Workbook-style lists at the end of the book are designed to help consolidate the learning. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433801365
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 11/15/2007
  • Series: Coach Yourself to Handle Stress Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 378,236
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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