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What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids) Paperback

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: What to Do Guides for Kids
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Magination Pr; 1 edition (September 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591473144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591473145
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Dawn Huebner has created a completely accessible, easy-to-understand book to show worrying children a new way of life. Kids will breathe a sigh of relief to learn solutions that really work." -- Tamar Chansky, PhD, Author of Freeing Your Child from Anxiety

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Introduction to Parents and Caregivers -

If you are the parent or caregiver of an anxious child, you know what it feels like to be held hostage. So does your child. Children who worry too much are held captive by their fears. They go to great lengths to avoid frightening situations, and ask the same anxiety-based questions over and over again. Yet the answers give them virtually no relief. Parents and caregivers find themselves spending huge amounts of time reassuring, coaxing, accommodating, and doing whatever else they can think of to minimize their child’s distress.

But it doesn’t work. The anxiety remains in control. As you have undoubtedly discovered, simply telling an anxious child to stop worrying doesnÂ’t help at all. Nor does applying adult logic, or allowing your child to avoid feared situations, or offering reassurance every time the fears are expressed.

Anxiety has a way of growing, spreading, shifting in form, and generally resisting efforts to talk it out of existence. But there is hope. What to Do When You Worry Too Much will teach you and your child a new and more successful way to think about and manage anxiety. The techniques described in this book will help your child take control.

More About the Author

Dawn Huebner, PhD, wrote most of her first book (What to Do When You Worry Too Much) on walks to and from her office in downtown Exeter, NH. The rest of her series was similarly conceived, although she eventually set up a computer (and designated a writing day) in a spare room at home.

A clinical psychologist in private practice, Dr. Huebner recognized the need for lively, easy-to-read take-home materials to help children practice the strategies they were learning in her office. She created a format effective for 6-12 year olds, teaching sophisticated concepts using metaphors, language, and humor easily understood by kids.

The What to Do Guides for Kids series echoes Dr. Huebner's philosophy - that children can and should be taught to help themselves overcome challenges. Engaging, interactive, and clinically accurate, Dr. Huebner's books do just that - empowering children to help themselves. Her books sell briskly around the world, having been translated into 12 languages (with more in the works). Dr. Huebner has been featured on the TODAY Show, and is frequently interviewed for articles in popular parenting magazines.

Dr. Huebner maintains a file of requests for future topics she has received from readers, along with stories of lives transformed. She is always at work on her next book...

Customer Reviews

Great book for my 8 year old daughter.
Kelly Connors
This book was great and really helped me as a parent, help my child deal with her anxiety.
Amazon Customer
She said she liked it, and that there were some very funny spots in the book.
Karen A. Fessler

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263 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Polk TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2007
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When your child's anxiety overtakes and consumes their joy, you'd buy 200 books if they'd help your child to feel better. Don't buy 200 books... BUY THIS ONE for your child.

My daughter is 9, but reads at 8th grade level, so I was a bit apprehensive about getting this book for her; fearing she'd think it was too baby-ish. Much to my surprise and delight, she loves the book! She says "I love the pictures. It's kind of funny and I like that it has activities to do. The book has good ideas about how to fix my worries."

The book does have great kid-friendly concepts like: Worry Time and Worry Bully, with places to draw and write down thoughts. It not only addresses how worries can take over, but empowers kids to fight back and reassures them that when they do, the worries will get smaller and smaller, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY...LOSE THEIR POWER OVER YOUR CHILD.

The book talks about the positives of getting rid of worries, like giving kids more time to play with their friends instead of worrying. Simple concepts perhaps, but written in a way that kids relate. The concepts are ones that both kids and parents can easily remember and refer to, which also helps when the Worry Bully shows up unexpectedly.

Other books that have helped my daughter:
Worried No More Worried No More - Second Edition: Help and Hope for Anxious Children by Aureen Wagner, PHD (this is an excellent resource for Cognitive-Behavioral therapy support; workbook pages in the back...) and the meditations books for children by Maureen Garth: Starbright
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113 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S. Saidel on November 17, 2005
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As any mental health provider will tell you, Anxiety disorders are one of the most frequent problems children face. Trying to help a frightened child talk about the problem and address their fears is often difficult. Children fear that even talking about the problem will make it worse. Dawn Huebner's book provides the solution. In developmentally appropriate and engaging scenarios, Dr. Huebner puts the problem in perspective and introduces interventions and activities which are fun and effective! The book provides a child friendly means of understanding how anxiety disorders can grow and affect a child's life. Cognitive and behavioral skills are than introduced in a manner in which the child can understand and practice. There are even workbook style pages for documenting progress and skills achieved! All of this is presented in a gradual, friendly, manner which is invaluable for the anxious child. This book is a must have for mental health professional, teachers, guidance counselors and parents of anxious children.
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful By J. Peterson on August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
Towards the end of Kindergarten, our happy easy going son began to fear he that I would forget him. I'd pick him up from school to find him in tears, and as summer came on, the anxiousness only got worse. Never being forgotten once, he suddenly had this unexplainable fear that I would. Reasoning with him didn't work, he'd get "stuck" on this fear.

I bought several books, and this one has been great for the most part. Here are the reasons why:
1. Large, easy to read font, my almost first grader can follow along with while I read.
2. Interactive learning. There are sketch pages with the sections and my son loves to draw.
3. The analogy of a growing a tomato plant was great. My son grew some plants in Kindergarten and the knowledge of the life cycle of a plant and how to take care of it was fresh in his mind, so learning that your worries grow similarly when you water them and are attentive to them was a good way of approaching it.

Now for the bone I must pick. The section in this book about "talking back to your worries" has a downfall. Other than this new separation anxiety he is having, he has only one other anxiety that he has had since he was a baby. Anything with a mean face frightens him. Every kid's movie with a bad character in it, he absolutely hates. He is sensitive to fighting, anger, pain- he doesn't like people (or cartoons even) to experience these at all. This section decides to give faces to the worries, mean ugly demonic/monster-like little creatures that sit on your shoulder. My son is literal. Extremely so. He was now sure that he had these little icky creatures pestering him and he became really anxious while we were reading it. I had to then do damage control, which was difficult.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Mom, homeschooler, small business owner on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is great! Written at a child's level and it works! I asked doctors for this help and they just wanted to medicate or acted like I was being unreasonable. It really helps children get more in touch with what is going on in their heads and empowers them to defeat it. Empowers parents to be able to help them. For children old enough and with verbal skills enough to discuss what they think and feel. Really opens communication. Children often don't even know how to express their worries.
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