Anxiety-Free Kids (2nd ed.) offers parents strategies that help children become happy and worry-free, methods that relieve a child's excessive anxieties and phobias, and tools for fostering interaction and family-oriented solutions. Using a unique companion approach that offers two books in one—a practical, reader-friendly book for parents and a fun workbook for kids—this solutions-oriented guide utilizes the cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy and integrates the parent in the child's self-help process.
Research has shown that if left untreated, children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, to have less-developed social skills, and to be more vulnerable to substance abuse. Covering the six most commonly occurring anxiety disorders—generalized anxiety, separation anxiety, specific phobias, social phobias, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder—this book gives kids and parents successful strategies for achieving relaxation, conquering worries, challenging faulty thinking patterns, developing positive self-talk, and facing one's fears.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Preface to the Second Edition Welcome to Anxiety-Free Kids Introduction: How to Use This Book A Note for Your Child’s Therapist chapter 1 Anxiety: What It Is and What to Do About It chapter 2 Making Your Team and Team Goals chapter 3 Relaxing the Body chapter 4 Conquer Your Worries chapter 5 Changing Your Thoughts chapter 6 Changing Your Behaviors: Facing Your Fears chapter 7 Keep Facing Your Fears and Build Confidence chapter 8 Lessons Learned: Celebrate Yourself chapter 9 Motivating Your Child chapter 10 Special Sections chapter 11 Anxiety at Bedtime: Improving Sleep Behavior chapter 12 Parenting Your Anxious Child: Adopting a Resilience Mindset References Resources for Parents Appendix A: Overview of the Program Appendix B: Thinking Errors Quick Reference Page About the Author anxiety-free kids: “For Kids Only” Companion Guide
Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist with a background and expertise in psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults.
Through simple and effective tools, Zucker's book doesn't just help parents and children understand anxiety and find ways to overcome it, but also strengthens the interactive approach and family bonds that make them better for it.,Claire Nana,Psych Central, 5/23/17
Dr. Zucker helps parents and children connect with one another in ways they never thought possible with this detailed yet easy to understand book. This page turner will have many parents and guardians relieved that their children are going to school and interacting with others more confidently and most importantly, feeling good about themselves as they grow up.,The Baby Spot, 6/11/17
This revised edition is a valuable addition to the selection of self-help books available to parents. With a careful application of the strategies and faithful adherence to the program sequence, this can be a welcome, home-based first step in addressing behaviors that have become dysfunctional for a child who suffers from anxiety-based disorders. ,Hazel Buys,Children's Literature, 5/1/17