Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Growing Up Brave by Donna B Pincus ***

If you have a child suffering from excessive anxiety, Growing Up Brave by Donna B Pincus is the book for you. Whether your child is a toddler or a teen, whether your child can't go to sleep, exhibits OCD behaviors, is afraid of social situations, or has separation anxiety, this book has specific steps to recommend. Partially a handbook and partially an infomercial for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the book offers specific courses of action interspersed with case studies of children with probably more challenges than yours.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a more general overview of the childhood anxiety, perhaps you are a teacher or counselor, this book misses the mark. The suggested interventions are such that they should be restricted to licensed therapists and/or parents. Highly recommended for parents of children with anxieties, but few others.

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