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I am a Registered Play Therapist and Counselor. I work with kids with anxiety on a regular basis. I was excited to get this book, and while it does explain Anxiety--the causes, symptoms, and methods for managing it, it is incredibly long. I haven't found a child that I could read it to yet due to it's complex nature and the overall length of the book.
4.0 out of 5 starsThis book is definitely one of the better resources I have found to teach kids about anxiety ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2016
I am an independently licensed Counselor and work with children and teens in an out-patient therapy setting. This book is definitely one of the better resources I have found to teach kids about anxiety without the risk of introducing something new to fear. It is a bit lenghty, and I find that I have to read it over 2 sessions, to prevent information over-load. I do like that that the book explains the sympathetic nervous system, as it helps children understand why they have so many somatic symptoms; however, I think referring to it as the "Fight-or-Flight" response would have been much easier to on the ears and easier for children to remember. I also like the rhymes at the end, intended to help with recall of the 6 coping/calming skills introduced. Overall, I believe it is a good addition to any child therapist's resource collection.
This book is incredibly insightful and helpful for children. However, it’s very long and hard to get though it without a child losing focus. So it’s better to choose some pages to read to help children understand anxiety.
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2016
I was worried this book would be too little for my 9yr old who experiences some anxiety. Because I don't experience it like he does, it was great for bith of us to read what it feels like and some good techniques to help when it arises.
5.0 out of 5 starsA terrific, clear explanation for kids
Reviewed in the United States on June 1, 2014
As a therapist practicing cognitive-behavioral therapy, I spend a great deal of time educating children about the neurology and biology of anxiety. I was happy to discover this book at a recent conference. The language is easy to understand and engaging. I found the strategies at the end to be overly simplistic, but since most of my work is teaching strategies that isn't as important to me. I recommend this book for kids who struggle with anxiety.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood resource for families with an anxious kid
Reviewed in Canada on October 11, 2017
A lot of detail & great explanation for kids. Note that it is lengthy and may be too long/detailed for very young ones (my child is 4 & I had to paraphrase and explain a lot of the terms). I suspect this would be perfect for kids a few years older (7-8 and up), but it allows us to have the right kinds of conversations with our kids & open up opportunities for change. Great message in it that a kid's job is to learn & play & leave the worrying to us grown ups.
I'm giving this book 5 stars because I suffer from anxiety and am on medication for it and this books description of anxiety and ways to combat it was excellent. I'm looking forward to reading this with my daughter who is 6 and shows many similar signs of anxiety.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent, easy resource for parents of children with anxiety.
Reviewed in Canada on June 23, 2017
I work with children that struggle with anxiety. This is an excellent book that explains anxiety in simple terms, to children and to parents. There is a two-page summary of strategies to use to help manage your anxiety at the end of the book. I definitely recommend this to anyone that has children that struggle with anxiety, or for those of us who work with these children.