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The Shy Child: Helping Children Triumph over Shyness Paperback – March 1, 2000
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-- The signs of shyness in children, from infancy to adolescence
-- How the shy child responds physically and mentally to stress
-- How your child's artwork reveals his or her emotions, and how drawing together can reinforce trust and understanding
-- Scriptwriting, rewriting, role-playing, and rehearsing -- important tools for the shy child
-- Why shy children are so vulnerable to bullies and how best to intervene
-- How to teach your child to cope with anxiety-producing situations and more.
Top Customer Reviews
At the same time, Dr. Swallow acknowledges that it is crucial for my CHILD to understand shyness, as well. Shy children who don't get in touch with their inner "self-talk" can become depressed when they feel limited in what they want to do in life. The book's explicit, age-appropriate approaches to handling situations that cause anxiety in a shy child gave me confidence to talk directly to my child about shyness. I now think I can help her identify things she would like to do but thinks she can't, and to summon the courage to find success in situations that previously left her in tears.
I had previously read Zimbardo's book on shyness in children, and I was dismayed to find that it offers outdated psychological explanations for different personalities, making shyness seem like a disorder, rather than a personality type. I found Dr. Swallow's approach much more reasonable and I think it offers much more potential for liberating a shy child from self-reproach.
I had SO MANY questions and was dismayed to discover this book, although shedding a lot of light on the shy child, gave too few answers on what to do in common situations.
I also recommend "The Highly Sensitive Child" in conjunction with this book because there is a difference between being "sensitive" and "shy" and someone starting to figure it out may not know the differences. Good luck!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't find this book that useful. I thought the analysis was pretty pedestrian and not that insightful but I was particularly distressed not to get more practical advice. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by proreader
I used this book to treat my own shyness and depression. It was very effective.Published on January 10, 2008 by a customer
I used this book when I was desparate to find a way to treat my child who has selective mutism. The book was extremely helpful and provided easy to implement suggestions. Read morePublished on July 16, 2003 by Pamela W. Makowski