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Jacob’s Fear Ladder

Jacob worries a lot and avoids things that might trigger his worry, like watching the news about crime in his neighbourhood. Hear more about Jacob's story!

 

Goal: Watch the news without freaking out

Situation Fear Rating
Watch the news live! 10
Watch recorded news on violent criminal activity (Dad to screen it first so I know what to expect) 9
Watch recorded news on non-violent criminal activity (Dad to screen it first so I know what to expect) 8
Read about violent crimes in the paper (Dad to screen it first so I know what to expect) 6
Read about non-violent crimes in the paper (Dad to screen it first so I know what to expect) 5
Have Dad tell me about a local news story about a violent crime (for example, mugging) 4
Have Dad tell me about a local news story about a non-violent crime (for example, vandalism or break-ins) 3


Check out this video of Jacob facing his fears!

*Jacob also gets anxious about making mistakes and being in new or unfamiliar situations. He can build fear ladders to help him face those fears too.