- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: AMACOM (July 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814474462
- ISBN-13: 978-0814474464
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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"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
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.