Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in children s play, play therapy, and parenting. He is the author of Playful Parenting and co-author, with Michael Thompson, Ph.D., and Catherine O Neill Grace, of Best Friends, Worst Enemies and Mom, They re Teasing Me. Dr. Cohen leads Playful Parenting workshops for parents, teachers, and child-care professionals. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with his wife, Liz. They have two grown children.
"The Opposite of Worry is an informative resource for parents and other family members. The book is easy to read, comprehensive and notable for its many practical suggestions."--New England Psychologist "Good advice for parents making daily calls to the pediatrician . . . Anxiety is a full-body sport, and Cohen's main advice is not to treat it with words but with actions. . . . Physicality is about living in the present, and for anxious people, the present is a powerful place of healing. Intended for parents of children ages 3 to 15, this book offers anecdotes and fun anti-anxiety games."--Publishers Weekly "Here's the help parents of anxious children have been looking for! Dr. Cohen's genius is in the warm and generous spirit of the strategies he outlines for parents. He grounds his playful approach in a sound explanation of how anxiety affects children, and how they heal. Parents will come away with plenty of ideas to help them develop their children's confidence. While reading, I found myself thinking, 'I'd like to try that for myself!'"--Patty Wipfler, founder and program director, Hand in Hand Parenting "If you want to understand your child's anxiety--and your own parental worries--you must read Larry Cohen's brilliant book, The Opposite of Worry. Dr. Cohen is one of the most imaginative and thoughtful psychologists you will ever encounter. He explains how and why children become anxious and then shows how we can use empathy and play to help them escape from the terrifying dark corners of childhood. This is the most helpful book on childhood anxiety I have ever read."--Michael Thompson, Ph.D. "The Opposite of Worry offers a treasure trove of ideas to help children feel confident and secure. Lawrence Cohen has written a book that will help every parent of an anxious child. He describes the causes and symptoms of childhood anxiety and explains how children can overcome even the most tenacious fears in the context of a loving and playful parent/child relationship."--Aletha Solter, Ph.D., founder, Aware Parenting, and author of Attachment Play "This book will help you calm the storm of worrying that floods so many children and teens. Take these hard-earned lessons and make them your own. Peace and clarity in your family are just pages away!"--Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., co-author of The Whole-Brain Child