The Taming Sneaky Fears Program: Theoretical Framework, Requirements for Implementation, and Program Overview

  • Suneeta MongaEmail author
  • Diane Benoit


This chapter describes the theoretical framework, requirements for implementation, and overview of the Taming Sneaky Fears program. It discusses adaptations of traditional Cognitive Behavior Therapy concepts and strategies to accommodate the cognitive abilities of four- to seven-year-olds. Feeling recognition becomes How to Be a Feeling Catcher with the Body Scan and Feeling Thermometer; progressive muscle relaxation and diaphragmatic breathing become How to Be the Boss of My Body with Spaghetti Arms and Toes and Balloon Breathing (with Imagery as an additional relaxation strategy); anxiety is externalized as Sneaky Fears; cognitive distortions become Tricks that Sneaky Fears play (children learn How to Be a Trick Catcher and catch those Tricks: Not Telling the Truth, Exaggerating, and Only Showing the Bad Things); cognitive coping strategies become How to Be the Boss of My Brain with the Stop sign and Trick Stoppers (Ignore Sneaky Fears, Think Brave Thoughts, and Talk to an Adult); and progressive desensitization becomes How to Climb Bravery Ladders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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