Ronald Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan Spence, Vanessa Cobham, Heidi Lyneham. New Harbinger: 2008
Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But 10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries - phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety , or obsessive-compulsive disorder - that can hold them back and keep then from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help.
Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety. You’ll learn how to help your child overcome intense fears and worries and find out how to relieve anxious feelings while parenting with compassion.
John S. Dacey and Lisa B. Fiore, Jossey-Bass: 2002
Your Anxious Child empowers you to teach your child essential coping skills for dealing with anxiety in engaging, creative ways. Through dozens of activities you can start using right now, your child will learn how to alleviate stress, build courage and trust, and become an innovative problem solver. Your Anxious Child is based on the acclaimed "COPE" program, which has been used successfully with children throughout the United States for more than fifteen years. The program offers physical, mental, and spiritual strategies for Calming the nervous system; activities designed to help your child Originate a creative plan to relieve anxiety; approaches to help you child Persist in the face of obstacles and failures; and effective ways for you and your child to Evaluate and refine your plan.
Nicky Johnson. Nicky’s Art: 2008
Bayden is an intelligent, confident and courageous boy. Yet he is often overwhelmed by his worry thoughts. His anxiety makes his life quite unbearable at times. See how Bayden discovers his superpowers, takes control and is able to live free and happy!
This simple story has been nicely written and illustrated to help and encourage children like Bayden to manage and overcome their anxiety!
A workbook for parents of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Helping your child with OCD, written by Lee Fitzgibbons, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of OCD in children and adolescents, and Cherry Pedrick, co-author of The OCD Workbook, offers parents personalized strategies they can use to help their child break free from OCD. With this thorough, step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to: recognize your child’s specific OCD symptoms, understand causes of and treatment options for OCD, and teach your child the tools and techniques they need to deal with their OCD behaviour. You’ll learn invaluable treatment methods any child can use to help facilitate recovery, such as how to “boss back their OCD,” use positive self-talk, and many other effective ways of dealing with their disorder. Most importantly, you’ll learn what you can do to promote and support your child’s progress in therapy. Chock-full of fill-ins, assessments, and progress charts, the book’s unique workbook format will encourage you to get, and stay, involved with your child’s recovery.
Holly L. Niner. Albert Whitman and Company: 2004
How do you explain obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to children? This book holds the answer. Kevin suffers from OCD and constantly worries about everything! He asks millions of questions at school and home even when he already knows the answers. His parents realize that Kevin needs to talk with a therapist who can help him learn to handle his problem. The therapist, Dr. Fraser, encourages Kevin to send all of his problems to Mr. Worry. With medication and counseling, Kevin learns how to handle life with OCD. This is a great book to help children understand OCD!
Inger Maier, Illustrated by Jennifer Candon. Magination: 2005
Fuzzy the Little Sheep is a series of gently empowering books for young children who are coping with various fears, including fear of failure, shyness, separation anxiety, fears about being different, and fears related to loud noises. The author and the illustrator are a mother-daughter team with expertise in the psychological, developmental, and educational issues surrounding children.
Angela McHolm, Charles Cunningham, Melanie Vanier. New Harbinger Publications: 2005
Often referred to as an anxiety-based condition, selective mutism is a condition that causes children not to speak in certain situations. It affects about 2 percent of kids. The signs usually show up before the age of five, but you might not be able to fully recognise the condition until your child starts school. Although each child’s behaviour is different, most kids with selective mutism are comfortable speaking at home but don’t talk freely at school or in groups with other children. When you ask him or her to speak in an uncomfortable situation, a child with selective mutism will often look down, blush, or do something else to avoid engagement with other people.
If you think your child might be experiencing selective mutism, this book can help. It offers an overview of this condition and advice for finding and managing treatment. It also explains steps you can take to encourage your child to speak comfortably in front of others. All of the book’s strategies employ a gradual, ‘stepladder’ approach. The techniques greatly encourage the child to speak more in social situations, while at the same time, helping him or her to feel safe and comfortable.
Andrew Eisen & Linda Engler. New Harbinger Publications, 2006
Does your child cling to you whenever you try to leave? Does he or she react strongly to the thought of being alone? Psychologists call this kind of behaviour separation anxiety, and it’s usually a part of your child’s developmental process – one that they outgrow. Sometimes, though, extreme or persistent kinds of separation anxiety can make life difficult for both you and your child. In some cases, separation anxiety issues can lead a child to be reluctant to get ready for school or, worse, to simply refuse to go at all. This behaviour, called school refusal, comes with its own set of challenges. This book shows you how to identify when your child’s separation anxiety or school refusal is more than just a phase and offers effective tools that you can use to manage your child’s anxiety. Real-life stories about other children facing these challenges will help you keep your situation in perspective and remember that, with patience and persistence, your child will overcome his or her anxiety.
After reading this book, you will be able to: