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Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety Paperback – February 1, 2015
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"Created for parents and educators as well as those suffering from any form of social anxiety disorder, or SAD, school psychologist Christine Fonseca's Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety is a comprehensive, interactive handbook 'designed to provide a bridge between research, clinical practice, and application.'" - Foreward 5-star Review
About the Author
Christine Fonseca is a school psychologist and award-winning author of nonfiction and teen novels dedicated to helping children and adults find their unique voice in the world, including the books "Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students," "The Girl Guide," and "Quiet Kids." When she isn't crafting new stories or working with student groups, she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her local coffee house.
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In Raising the Shy Child, Christine Fonseca offers several worksheets, checklists, and tips for helping children at home and at school with a variety of these problems. As a school psychologist, she has seen and helped many children, teachers, and parents with these types of fears and worries, as illustrated by stories of children she has worked with. She does a thorough job of describing various types of problems that can occur and how they impact family and school life. If you are seeking a greater understanding of the spectrum of shy behaviors this book will be informative and interesting. However, the tips and strategies may be less helpful because they are general rather than specific and assume that the reader has knowledge or skills that s/he may not have.
The blame-the-mom trope is so old, I was surprised the author of this new book--a woman, no less--chose to keep it alive.
As far as the self-help part of it goes, I found it rather useless. But maybe that's because I'm neither a tiger mom nor a helicopter mom, and don't have social anxiety myself. Because what I read was all about *mom* changing herself and her "flawed" parenting style to help her child.