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What to Do When Youre Scared & Worried


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Gr 5-8-An easy-to-follow, self-help tool that will be invaluable for kids who struggle with fears or worries. Part one deals with normal anxiety, offering detailed steps for developing 10 coping mechanisms. Expert help is needed to deal with the more serious problems discussed in Part two (e.g., phobias, separation anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder). Throughout, the author provides information, case histories, and coping skills in a manner that is both reassuring and encouraging. The physiological, psychological, and social aspects of fears and anxiety are clearly explained. Tools, such as journaling, are thoroughly described so that readers may immediately put into practice the ideas offered in the book. Youngsters are encouraged to share the volume with a trusted grown-up. A descriptive chapter on counseling is included, as is a section directed toward involved adults. Authoritative print resources and associations to contact are suggested. The content is well organized and the index is adequate. Illustrations lighten the tone of the subject matter. This title will empower children and help them to understand, confront, and master troubling emotions. It furthers the help offered in Trevor Romain and Elizabeth Verdick's Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves (Free Spirit, 2000) and has more child appeal than Bruce Brooks's Boys Will Be (Disney, 1995).-Sharon A. Neal, Immaculata University, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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