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Grade 5-8–An easy-to-follow, self-help tool that will be invaluable for kids who struggle with fears or worries. Part one deals with normal anxiety, offering detailed steps for developing 10 coping mechanisms. Expert help is needed to deal with the more serious problems discussed in Part two (e.g., phobias, separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder). Throughout, the author provides information, case histories, and coping skills in a manner that is both reassuring and encouraging. The physiological, psychological, and social aspects of fears and anxiety are clearly explained. Tools, such as journaling, are thoroughly described so that readers may immediately put into practice the ideas offered in the book. Youngsters are encouraged to share the volume with a trusted grown-up. A descriptive chapter on counseling is included, as is a section directed toward involved adults. Authoritative print resources and associations to contact are suggested. The content is well organized and the index is adequate. Illustrations lighten the tone of the subject matter. This title will empower children and help them to understand, confront, and master troubling emotions. It furthers the help offered in Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick's Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves (Free Spirit, 2000) and has more child appeal than Bruce Brooks's Boys Will Be (Disney, 1995).–Sharon A. Neal, Immaculata University, PA
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"An easy-to-follow and well organized self-help tool that will be invaluable for kids who struggle with fears or worries."—School Library Journal


“This practical guide helps children identify, understand, and manage their everyday worries. . . . Adults might find themselves benefiting from the coping strategies, especially in these times of economic uncertainty.”—National Catholic Register



“A good resource for all libraries.”—Children’s Literature



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; English Language edition (January 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421537
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a child and family therapist, I am constantly searching for books to use with the children that I work with. I am usually disappointed with most books that address problems of childhood, because they either treat the subjects too lightly and offer no real solutions for children who have already used the obvious ideas, or are far too complex for the average child to relate to. This book is wonderful. Not only is it written in extremely child-friendly terms, it is comprehensive and gives many good-quality, proven techniques for dealing with fear and anxiety.
Topics includes: what kids are typically scared or worried about, where fears come from, how the body and mind work together to make fears better or worse, "fear chasers and worry erasers" (coping skills), written exercises, and a chapter on more intense fears including phobias, separations anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The book finishes off with a chapter that answers children's questions about what to expect from counseling, should they need extra help overcoming their fears. A note to parents is included, which offers additional information on how to support children with their fears.
I highly recommend this book, and wish that the author would write many more books like this one!!
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I have read this book with my two boys ages 8 and 10. We all have anxiety in different degrees and I am trying to help them to learn to cope and move forward. I cannot recommend this book enough to loved ones and parents who have children with fears or worries that are causing problems in their daily functioning. I have read many books on this subject and never found one as good as this for children and even for adults to use. I would not think twice about buying this book if anyone in your home struggles with fears. Bravo for finally writing a book on this subject that children can use. Childhood is where we need to begin to help in this area.
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I am a bit hesitant to give this book 5 stars because I feel like some of the detail in the book can be overwhelming for the younger ages...especially 9 and 10 year olds. I bought the book b/c it was recommended and I have a son that has experienced anxiety issues. I'm also a licensed mental health professional. This book would be an excellent guide for parents.. but I would carefully review before you allow a younger child to read. The author has presented some excellent coping techniques for anxious kids. Overall, I do recommend this book.. but I would sit with the child and read through it. Don't plan to just hand it over...
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My 7 year old daughter has had problems sleeping since she was about 3 years old. She's perfectly fine during the day, but once the lights go out - she is scared. My husband and I have tried everything we can think of, but nothing seems to work. She's scared of the dark and her closet. She's sure there is a monster in there that will suck her in the minute it's dark. Sometimes she's just scared and can't tell us what she's scared of - we used to think this was a delay tactic used to stay up later. So, after one particularly difficult evening and trying to get her in bed and to stay in bed for almost 3 hours, I turned to the Internet and looked for a book that would help her. I found this one, read the reviews and ordered it all in about 15 minutes. The booked arrived Saturday (didn't check mail until Monday). Tonight after dinner and bath we sat together on her bed and began reading the book. 30 minutes later, I kissed her good-night, TURNED OFF HER LIGHT and left the room with her smiling and ready to use some of her new found power to handle her thoughts better. I checked on her about 30 minutes later and SHE WAS SOUND ASLEEP. We aren't quite half way through the book yet and I can't wait to finish it tomorrow!
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This is a completely thorough, easy to read book that will give you an understanding of what your anxious child is going through and how you can help. It explains exactly what anxiety is and what your child is going through. It also explains how to set goals to help your child through this very difficult time. No matter what type and severity of your child's anxiety, this is a must have book. My 8-year-old has a specific phobia (I didn't realize until I was reading this book) and we are currently working to help her deal with it. I have never reviewed a book but I feel so strongly that anyone who has a child with anxiety issues or knows someone who does, to GET THIS BOOK.
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My 10 year old was recently diagnosed with anxiety and panick disorder. I got her this book because I'm not as familiar with her disorder as I am with others. She loves this book. She read it the whole day...fell asleep reading it! She kept coming to me "Mom! Listen to this...it's just like me!" . It was the first time I saw hope in her eyes about he anxiety. It taught her a lot of techniques to deal with her anxiety....and most importantly let her know she is not alone
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By Kendra on August 22, 2007
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This is a great book for anyone working with children. I lays out everything you need to address anxieties and it lables the anxieties for what they are - I love that. Includes forms, activities, and little stories that children can relate too. This is an excellent guide to get you going when working with children. Would also be useful for parents to read to increase their understanding of the disorders.
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