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Anxiety and the Gift of Imagination: A new model for helping parents and children manage anxiety Paperback – December 9, 2011
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"In her engaging book, Alter focuses on the connection between anxiety and the often overactive imagination that accompanies anxious children, and, in turn, contributes to their anxiety if not held in check. While a highly developed imagination can be a gift, Alter likens an undisciplined imagination to a powerful car or bike with no brakes or steering.
This book provides values and very practical tools and strategies, which take a child's developmental abilities into account and are child-friendly and engaging.
There is something for everyone in this book. There are chapters written exclusively for children, which will leave them feeling proud of their exceptional imaginational abilities, along with tools to better direct them. There are creative strategies for parents and therapists, (even seasoned ones like myself), who work with anxious children.
With this book Alter has made an important contribution to the literature on childhood anxiety and treatment and has added something valuable to our collective 'tool boxes.'"
Dr. Debby Zweig, Psychologist
Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic
York Central Hospital
Richmond Hill, Ontario
"Overall I think it's very readable and accessible. Concerned parents are likely to find it both reassuring and filled with practical advice. The illustrations are also great fun."
Paul Harris, Prof in Psychology
"A wonderful, clear, concise guide, chock full of easy-to-implement ideas to help your child tame their imagination and manage their anxiety. A must read for every parent and therapist."
Charlotte Reznick, PhD
author of "The Power of Your Child's Imagination"
Los Angeles, Ca
"Dr. Robin Alter has written a creative and imaginative book on childhood anxiety. It explains and develops constructive anxiety as well as destructive anxiety. It spans both ends of the spectrum and teaches how to advance positive dimensions and how to correct negative factors.
Her book was clearly influenced by her own clinical experience, which generates insightful perspectives, as well as realistic corrective strategies. It is insightful, practical and useful for clinicians, educators and parents. This book is an imaginative gift in dealing with degrees of day to day anxiety and the constant challenge of survival and growth. In all of my years as a psychiatrist (over 40 years), it is one of the most useful books I have ever read!"
Dr. Ed Sowa, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
"Dr. Alter shines a light on a common problem and offers practical and useful information that can liberate children and their parents from the restrictive world of anxiety and stress. She turns upside down what may have been debilitating and offers a kaleidoscope of possibilities that help children lead more fulfilling lives. An important breakthrough in how we understand and assist children with anxiety!"
Sylvia Pivko, MSW, RSW,
Executive Director Blue HIlls Child and Family Centre
About the Author
Dr. Robin Alter is a registered clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience helping troubled children in the Toronto area. She has taught at York University and is a trustee with the Psychology Foundation. She is a member of the American Psychology, Canadian Psychology and the Ontario Psychology Associations. She has published and traveled widely giving lectures on topics pertaining to children's mental health.
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Everyone who has read it has benefitted from the sound advice and wonderful tips. It is written in a clear and concise style that people find helpful and reassuring. Good pictures too!
I was pleased to discover just how much I LOVE this book. I think it was definitely time that someone put together a book connecting anxiety and the imagination in this way. I immediately started using some of the concepts and tools in this book with my clients, and it has really helped me to connect with my young clients about their anxiety in new engaging ways, and I have seen significant progress with some of my clients within a short period of time. Many of my anxious clients are now celebrating their imaginations in new ways, and using the very force that contributes to their anxiety to begin to guide it in positive directions. I love many of the metaphors in this book that make it easy for children to relate to the concept of learning to guide one's imagination (i.e. the metaphor about learning to ride a bike). Of course it goes without saying that the section on skills & strategies is an invaluable resource. It contains many strategies similar to those I have already been using with children, but includes an abundance of others, as well as new creative spins on those tried and true skills and strategies. I love the emphasis placed on encouraging children to create their own strategies, which I have seen really helps children to own, and be motivated and invested to use, these strategies, as well as the additional benefit of children's increased confidence after providing such invaluable contributions to their own progress.
This book is for everyone! Therapists, parents... it even has a section specifically for children. To top it all off it is a pleasant and easy read. Dr. Alter has done an amazing job of including the necessary information to understand anxiety and its connection to the imagination, while using language and flow that allow for comprehension by almost any reader. I devoured this book as if it were my favorite novel, and reference it regularly. Definitely money well spent!
In summary, this book has changed the way that I think and talk about anxiety, and I have seen significant improvements with the children I work with. Many of the parents I work with have also purchased this book, and I have had much positive feedback from them as well. I am yet to hear any less than positive feedback on this book.
Thank you, Dr. Alter for this amazing contribution to children's mental health!