Helping Your Anxious Child, 2nd Edition

Ronald M. Rapee Ann Wignall Susan H. Spence Vanessa Cobham Heidi Lyneham

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  • Ages: 6-12
  • Pages: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781572245754
  • Published: 2008


This expanded and updated version of a best-selling classic guides readers to help a child overcome anxiety and fears. It describes in detail strategies and techniques they can combine into a comprehensive self-help program for a child's particular needs. From separation anxiety to general anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobia and panic disorder, Helping Your Anxious Child, Second Edition describes the common types of childhood anxiety, how anxiety originates, and options for dealing with the problem, with or without a therapist's help.

In this updated version, the progression of chapters reflects the authors' clinical program, in which major skills are introduced early and then are consolidated and built upon in later chapters. Throughout, the book employs a step-by-step approach that is both structured and directive. Written activities are incorporated throughout the chapters, some intended for the child and others for his or her parent to complete.

Michelle Garcia Winner, the Founder of Social Thinking, says:

"All of us have experienced anxiety, but few of us have been taught strategies to help manage it. This book is very helpful for teaching the lay person (parent or professional) about the core concepts of anxiety and strategies that can be used to help our students work through it. Anxiety is alive and well in our schools and in our homes; it is time we all learn some basics for how to directly address this topic. This is an excellent starting place."


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