Around 15% of children are thought to suffer from anxiety disorders, the most commonly identified emotional or behavioural problems among children. Based on techniques developed and practised by the authors, this book teaches parents how to use cognitive behavioural techniques with their children and in so doing, become their child’s therapist, helping them to overcome any fears, worries and phobias. Addresses specific fears and phobias as well as general anxiety and ‘worrying’. Provides step-by-step practical strategies. Includes case studies, worksheets and charts. Based on the authors’ experience at their anxiety disorders clinic at the University of Reading and developed from a programme based on working almost exclusively with parents.
“In my opinion, this book is *the* book for parents who are raising an anxious child. Written by two very well-regarded psychologists, it takes parents, step by step, through what they can do to help their child. It is written in clear, plain English, and is a pleasure to read. What is particularly unusual about this book, is that it is evidence-based. The authors decided that it was not enough to just write the book – they wanted to see whether it worked too. They ran a research trial and found that it does work very well for many families, particular if they got a little bit of phone support from a therapist to help them through the trickier bits. This is my ‘go-to’ book, and is the first thing that I recommend to parents of anxious children.”
Professor of Clinical Child Psychology, University of Sussex