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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572245751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572245754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In Helping Your Anxious Child, parents are provided a step-by-step guide for assisting their children in overcoming a panoply of worries, fears, and anxieties. The strategies described are well-established ones, backed by considerable scientific support. Parents will find this book engaging, easy to read, and full of important ideas about how best to help their children.”
—Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor in the department of psychology, Virginia Tech

From the Publisher

This revised and expanded edition of the best-selling Helping Your Anxious Child offers parents the most up-to-date, proven-effective techniques for helping children overcome anxiety.

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The book is clear, insightful and very, very helpful.
Desperate mom
I highly recommend this book if you're child is struggling with anxiety issues.
Jaime Lee
We may have only read a part of this book but it was money well spent.
JB

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By JB on November 1, 2011
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Our six year old daughter has always been painfully shy in new situations to the point that it can prevent her from engaging in activities. Our first approaches of reassurance, expectation setting, and other suggestions gleaned from internet research never helped; however it only took reading this first chapter of this book to get several simple suggestions that made a huge difference. In fact we haven't read the rest of the book because using these tips (especially the "worry brain" drowning out the "calm brain" concept) we were able to help our daughter manage her anxiety. A month ago she clung to us every morning when we took her to her first grade classroom and had to be peeled off us by the teacher, sometimes in tears. Now she waltzes right in and I have to remind her to give me a kiss goodbye. She still gets shy in new groups, but the paralyzing fear is gone and we have tools to deal with it if it arrives. We may have only read a part of this book but it was money well spent.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By jane e bida on June 7, 2011
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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders. I have purchased at least 10 copies of this book because I am always loaning or giving it to parents. Dr. Rappe explains the different types of Anxiety Disorders in a very informative, understandable, non jargonly manner. Most importantly, the book is very hopeful about the benefits of treatment for anxiety. There is also a free downloadable workbook which teaches cognitive behavioral strategies through activities and worksheets. I have found "Detective Thinking" to be especially helpful to my clients. Also, the book presents Exposure Therapy (in my opinion the most effective treatment for anxiety) in a clear and easily implemented manner. I have used the "Step by Step" handouts in my clinical work with both individual and group clients. Dr. Dawn Huebner's books are also terrific resources for parents and therapists, especially "What to Do When You Worry Too Much", "What to Do when you Dread Your Bed", and "What to Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck."
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A Lee on March 11, 2013
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So I bought this book because my 7 year old son is plagued with unrealsitic worries (i.e. heart attacks, brain attacks, guns, death, "going flat," injections, skin melting . . . to name only a few). We have worked with a therapist, but I thought this book could help in-between sessions. While we use the exercises about realistic thinking and this is helpful, the crux of the book is using "step ladders" to lessen kid's fears by exposing them to the discomfort of their fears slowly and thus desensitising them (for example, a kid who obsesses about making a mistake at school and looking stupid, slowly works to purposefully make innoucous mistakes so they can realize they can handle the discomfort; there are also stepladders that work well with separation anxieties.) I don't know how to make "stepladders" regarding death, guns, injections and the like, and although the book acknowledges that anxiety disorders will cover a lot of unrealistic fears (and they give an example of a child afraid of being kidnapped from their bed), it ignores them in the sample exercies, and I have not figured out how to do stepladders for guns or skin melting without having child protective services pay me a visit.

So if your child suffers from social anxiety, separation anxiety, OCD, this book is helpful. Otherwise, not so much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Depledge on September 16, 2011
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This book is really practical and helpful. Its already proving invaluable for us and our wee one is only five!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danielle S on March 10, 2014
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This book really helped me with my 8 year old daughter. It's full of easy to implement strategies that has given me tools to use when she's becoming overrun with her own thoughts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Romano on December 27, 2013
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This is a very practical book. I am half way through and love it. Have not put the tips to work yet but will do this when I get through the whole book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S on June 8, 2013
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Great book for helping your child deal with anxiety. Has exercises that help your child control the anxiety. Would definitely recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thankfulmom on June 7, 2013
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I was very impressed with the step-by-step method described in this book. It was encouraging and motivating for parent and child. I employed these methods with some students and saw great improvement. The approach is very doable. It recognizes many different types of anxiety and situations and offers many was to liberate the child (and others) from the paralysis and hysteria of severe anxiety as well as dealing with everyday low level anxiety. I highly recommend reading this book and incorporating these ideas. You and your whole family will be glad you did.
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