Helping Your Anxious Child
A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
304 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: November 2022
With more than 150,000 copies sold, this fully revised and updated edition of the classic self-help guide for parents offers cutting-edge, proven-effective techniques for helping your child overcome anxiety and thrive.
Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But at least ten percent of children have excessive fears and worries―phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder―that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, this book offers new, practical, and evidence-based proven tools that can help.
Now in its third edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety, and includes new information on helping very young children and adolescents; as well as anxiety in children with behavioral problems, learning difficulties, or medical conditions. The book offers proven-effective skills based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and mindfulness and relaxation techniques to aid you in helping your child overcome intense fears and worries. You'll also find out how to relieve your child's anxious feelings while parenting with compassion.
Parents will learn:
- How to help your child practice “detective thinking” to recognize irrational worries
- What to do when your child becomes frightened
- How to expose your child gently and gradually to challenging situations
- How to help your child learn important social skills
Also included are links to a free downloadable workbook for parents, and an activity book for kids. The kid-friendly, illustrated activity book will help your child take an active role in learning to manage their anxiety, as they learn and practice the skills outlined in Helping Your Anxious Child.
“Readers are in excellent hands with Helping Your Anxious Child. It is written by leading international experts in child anxiety who together have worked with thousands of families where children have struggled with anxiety. The strategies they describe have been tried and tested in their many rigorous studies. But critically for busy families, the style of the book is extremely practical and, most importantly, written with empathy, compassion, and hope.”~Cathy Creswell
—Cathy Creswell, professor of developmental clinical psychology at the University of Oxford, and coauthor of Helping Your Child with Fears and Worries
“I highly recommend Helping Your Anxious Child to parents who are serious about empowering themselves and their children to understand anxiety. The authors clearly lay out structured steps you can use to guide and support your child. The readings and activities in the book are based on decades of research about anxiety and anxiety conditions. The activities for parents and children are relevant and can be used in everyday life.”~Judith Law
—Judith Law, CEO of Anxiety Canada Association—a national mental health charity based in Vancouver, ON, Canada
“Anyone looking for effective strategies to help an anxious child will find that this book is an absolutely incredible resource—it is packed with user-friendly tools to help families understand anxiety, and it will equip children with the essential skills they need to approach new situations with confidence and joy. I highly recommend this book for all parents looking to support children by putting anxiety-reducing strategies into action!”~Donna B. Pincus, PhD
—Donna B. Pincus, PhD, CAS Feld Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, and professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University
“In a world awash with information for parents, it is a great pleasure to recommend a book soundly based on the best available scientific evidence. The authors are leading researchers who also bring the practical know-how that comes with extensive clinical experience to produce an immensely readable book packed with practical ideas and advice for parents of children struggling with anxiety.”~Warren Cann
—Warren Cann, CEO of the Parenting Research Centre, and founding director of www.raisinghildren.net.au
“The authors have produced a timely and informative book for parents of children with anxiety disorders. The book is based on many years of the authors’ invaluable research, and is perfectly linked to their extensive and rich clinical experience. The many illustrative examples and helpful worksheets make the book a must-read for all parents who struggle to help their children overcome fears and become confident.”~Silvia Schneider, PhD
—Silvia Schneider, PhD, professor of clinical child and adolescent psychology at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, and director of the Center of Research and Treatment of Mental Health
“In Helping Your Anxious Child, parents are provided a step-by-step guide for assisting their children in overcoming a panoply of worries, fears, and anxieties. The strategies described are well-established ones, backed by considerable scientific support. Parents will find this book engaging, easy to read, and full of important ideas about how best to help their children.”~Thomas H. Ollendick, PhD
—Thomas H. Ollendick, PhD, University Distinguished Professor in the department of psychology at Virginia Tech