Reviews for Overcoming School Anxiety : How to Help Your Child Deal With Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries

Library Journal Reviews 2008 June #1

In her latest book, psychotherapist Mayer (The Everything Health Guide to Controlling Anxiety ) addresses the myriad sources of school-related anxiety. She explains the symptoms, causes, effects, and treatments for separation anxiety, school refusal, panic disorders, phobias, homework anxiety, test anxiety, perfectionism, and bullying. She discusses how life issues such as low self-esteem, family conflict, or physical and emotional challenges can exacerbate school anxiety. Belly (diaphragmatic) breathing, mindfulness, and facing fears are the major techniques delineated to overcome these problems. Parents should learn the exercises and then guide the child through them in daily practice. A School Anxiety Scale helps children rate their anxiety level. The impact of nutrition and exercise are briefly outlined. Descriptions of therapies, medicines, and alternative treatments complete the book. Because so many topics are mentioned, this is not a conclusive resource, but it complements books like Aureen Pinto Wagner's Worried No More . For parents whose children are emotionally and physically sick about school, this book will help them examine the problem and introduce solutions. Recommended for public libraries.--Janet Clapp, Athens-Clarke Cty. Lib., GA

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