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Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal With Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries Paperback – July 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (July 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814474462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814474464
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Its [Overcoming School Anxiety] sensible deconstruction of anxiety's causes will help many parents who find t at their child's stress levels impede optimal school performance." ForeWord magazine



"Remarkably well written, and with the average parent in mind comprising her primary readership, Diane Peters Mayer presents a superb 'primer' concerning an oft described (but usually poorly interpreted) familiar topic of general interest to many (if not all ?) parents." --Metapsychology Online Reviews

Book Description

Every year, more than 68 million students of every age find themselves worrying excessively about their first day of school, even before it begins. Their hearts race, their stomachs turn, and their palms sweat just thinking about getting on the school bus for the first time, that first pop quiz, or that notoriously strict teacher. For parents of these children, nothing can be more upsetting than dropping their kids off on the first day of school, wondering how they will cope. Now, they can stop worrying and start helping. As a seasoned psychotherapist, Diane Peters Mayer has successfully treated hundreds of elementary school students suffering from this common disorder. In Overcoming School Anxiety, she shows parents how to deal with a wide variety of problems, from test and homework anxiety, to bullying, and fear of speaking up in class. Mayer also offers easy-to-learn techniques for children including breathing and relaxation exercises, focusing techniques, and tips on proper diet and exercise that help relieve stress.

Filled with real-life examples as well as proven advice for working with teachers, principals, and counselors, this is the only comprehensive guide that will enable every parent to help a child cope, build confidence, and succeed in school.


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The fears and frustrations surrounding school anxiety can be very intense.
Berwyn Reader
It is a must read and a great reference guide for any parent with school age children.
M.R.Altemus
I found the exercises at the end of each section to be especially helpful.
Sonja Friend-Uhl

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Richmond Free Library on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
The author has some great advice on behavioral modifications, adaptions and importance of nutrition and rest. Unfortunately, she doesn't question the basic premise of school structure. Homework has tripled for most ages since 1981, school days have lengthened, and lunch periods are often reduced to only 20 minutes. Is it really necessary for us to CREATE this much stress for our kids in the first place? Is there no one wondering if this stress is optimal? Performance is not increasing and there is growing evidence that over burdening our children has an inverse correlation to performance. Kids burn out and lose the love of learning. They gobble lunches and aren't mindful of what they eat, leading to obesity. Homework loads reduce the amount of time for play and physical activities, also increasing obesity. The increase in "on task" time reduces the time needed for consolidation and also impedes learning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Hammond on February 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a mother of 3 and psychotherapist who works with school-age clients, I am very pleased to have found this invaluable resource. This book manages to not only to describe and explain a great number of issues and their causes, but to give creative and practical approaches to dealing with them.

I have a bookshelf heavy with books specifically on anxiety, bullying, panic attacks - but this book has somehow managed to pull wisdom on this wide spectrum together in an organized and accessible fashion. The exercises include controlled breathing and imagery in addition to ways to talk to your child about the problem. It's so important to recognize the mind body connection in anxiety issues and this is at the heart of the book.

It also recognizes the importance of nutrition in the equation. Who knew bananas may help reduce anxiety? I didn't!

Another gem - making a little album of successful people who overcame the same challenges your child is facing. My dyslexic daughter found doing this a real eye opener.

I rarely take the time to recommend books online - but this had to be an exception, as I have truly found it to be an absolute gem.

Take a look inside - but just briefly the book covers helping children cope with anxiety, separation, bullying, phobias, panic attacks, homework, tests, fitting in, perfectionism, building self-esteem, conflict at home, learning and physical challenges.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Berwyn Reader on July 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read for parents, teachers, and counselors. So many children suffer from school anxiety and this book is a great resource for anyone who works with or lives with school-aged children. The fears and frustrations surrounding school anxiety can be very intense. The book offers easy-to-follow explanations about anxiety, how it can devastate children, and how to conquer it. It provides solutions for parents whose children are being bullied, who are afraid of test-taking, who are overwhelmed with homework, or afraid of failing in school. As a counselsor of children, I am already applying the techniques with my clients! It's terrific. Finally, someone has put a name to this pervasive problem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom O on December 7, 2010
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The book gave great lessons on how to help my 13 year old son who has anxiety every Monday morning before school. The book help me understand what he was feeling and who to help him through it. It also helped in other stressful situations that I used the exercises in the book to get through like sport injuries and school dances that caused anxiety. He know uses these exercises on his own to get through anxious time when we are not there to help.

Tom O
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith L. Glik on February 24, 2009
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I am a mother of two young children, ages 5 and 7. While they are relatively well-adapted to their school experiences, I wanted to learn more about the issues of anxiety, self-esteem and bullying before they are a presence in our lives. Ms. Mayer's book did an excellent and well-organized job of presenting the problems that children have and how to approach these issues. Her focused and thoughful style has helped me understand these school issues and I believe, given me better strategies for confronting school challenges!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sonja Friend-Uhl on October 9, 2008
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As a mother of a 7 year old daughter who is already a bit Type A, this book was a valuable resource to me in channeling her desire to excel in a healthy way.

I found the exercises at the end of each section to be especially helpful. It enabled me to actually role play certain issues with her and guide her effectively through them.

As a health and fitness professional one of my favorite sections was the one on nutrition and how that effects a child's brain as well as their moods. I also thought the chapter on getting physical with your child (exercise) was right on target and great advice considering our current issues with childhood obesity in this country.

In summary this is an excellent resource for any parent who wants to make the most of these early developmental years in our children's lives.
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