Percy is a Perfectionist is an A5 picture book aimed at 7 to 12-year-old children who struggle with perfectionism. It follows the story of Percy, a high-achieving and intelligent little creature who feels the need to always be perfect, as they prepare for a class presentation. Included in the story are a number of activities and exercises for managing feelings of anxiety and perfectionism.
Below are the A4-sized PDF worksheet versions of these activities, that can be freely downloaded for multiple use or if your child doesn't want to write directly into their physical book. There is also a list of references & resources for further information about the activities.
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RESOURCES & REFERENCES
Gastaldo, D., Magalhães, L., Carrasco, C., and Davy, C. (2012). Body-Map Storytelling as Research: Methodological considerations for telling the stories of undocumented workers through body mapping. Retrieved from: http://www.migrationhealth.ca/undocumented-workers-ontario/body-mapping.
Tewson, A., Vaughan, P., De Jager, A., and Boydell, K. (2016). Body Mapping Anxiety A Guide for High School Students. Retrieved from: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4-body-mapping-anxiety-guide_highschool.pdf
Hughes, E. G., and da Silva, A. M. (2011). A pilot study assessing art therapy as a mental health intervention for subfertile women. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/figure/Figure1-Body-mapping-a-technique-used-to-identify-and-position-important-and-relevant_fig3_49767773
Watch a calming Box Breathing visualiser that guides you as you breathe in and out here.
Watch a Box Breathing video that guides children as they breathe in and out here.
Boutros, N. (2022). Box Breathing: Definition, Techniques & How to Do It. Retrieved from: https://www.berkeley
Delgado, C. (2021). Overcome stress and anxiety with box breathing — the simple breathing exercise that only takes 16 seconds. Retrieved from: https://www.insider.com/guides/health/mental-health/box-breathing
Watch a video that explains the 5-4-3-2-1 exercise in simple terms and shows an example of how to do it here.
Read further information on how the 5-4-3-2-1 method works here.
The Partnership in Education. (2021). 5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Exercise. Retrieved from: https://www.thepartnership
Macquarie University. (2021). Cool Kids Online. Retrieved from: https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-emotional-health-ceh/centre-for-emotional-health-clinic/programs-for-children-and-teenagers/online-treatment-accordions/cool-kids-online
Child Mags. (2022). Helping Children Tackle Anxiety with this Treatment Program. Retrieved from: https://www.childmags.com.au/a-program-that-helps-kids-tackle-anxiety/
Case, C., & Dalley, T. (2014). The Handbook of Art Therapy. Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Read further information on what you can put in your Comfort or Self-Soothe box here.
Watch a video on Self-Soothe boxes here.
Young Minds. (2019). How to make a self-soothe box. Retrieved from: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/young-person/blog/how-to-make-a-self-soothe-box/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi there, my name is Hana and I'm the author of Percy is a Perfectionist. I'm an illustrator and designer with a background in psychology. I created this book because I've been an anxious perfectionist for as long as I can remember, and I would have really benefitted from a book like this when I was a child - a book that told me that how I was feeling was valid and normal, and gave me some practical advice on how to manage my anxieties.
Even as an adult, I still exist alongside an anxious little Percy who worries about things big and small, but I'm doing my best to treat Percy and myself with kindness as we navigate the challenges of life. I hope you also remember to be kind to yourself and acknowledge that you're doing the best that you can (even when it doesn't feel that way).