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A child's journey of identifying anxiety, normalizing it, and learning to tame it.

2x National Award-Winning Book! 
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Praise for
This Thing Has A Name

Laura C. Wheeler, M.Ed

"This Thing Has A Name is a beautifully written depiction of the complexity of human emotions. Perhaps the greatest gift we can give our children is to develop resiliency skills, and Amanda captures this in her book perfectly. She encourages children to work through their emotions, rather than to avoid anxiety, sadness, or other uncomfortable feelings, and it is in these moments that our children learn to overcome challenges and develop a strong self-esteem and build their self-confidence. Kudos to Amanda for writing a book that lets kids know it is okay to not be okay, and to feel all of their complex feelings." 

Dennis Walker, MSW, LICSW
Vice President of Clinical Operations, Emergency Services and Intake at Seacoast Mental Health Center, Inc.

"This book can help children move past anxiety but in many ways, it’s truly for all of us.  “Don’t run”, “feelings come and go” and “keep working” are all hallmarks of any successful treatment towards helping children cope and deal with anxiety.  The book also gives what I believe are proven methods to move past anxiety.  A must addition to any child’s bookshelf."

Meredith Lemont, Mother of 3

As a mother of a child that struggles with anxiety, I look at This Thing Has A Name as a love note. It is a beautiful reminder that no one has to struggle alone and that there will always be a safe place to fall back to, after a hard day or night. The rhythmic word flow paired with the colorful and playful illustrations make something so internal and personal, easily shareable between a child and adult. This is definitely a story I will be reading with my children over and over again. 

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