Anxiety in Children and Teens

anxiety reviewDo you have a child that is anxious? How about a special needs child with anxiety? I love to share important resources on my blog that can help parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists with specific issues at home. With the new school year just beginning, there can be many different types of anxiety that a parent and child can experience. A new school, new teacher and change in routine can be an anxiety provoking experience for a child, specifically those that are more sensitive or have special needs such as a sensory integration disorder or autism. I wanted to share an excellent resource written by Jed Baker, titled Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens. I have several books written by Jed Baker that I have used for therapy with both children and adults diagnosed with autism and/or social communication disorders. His resources have always been excellent therapeutic tools for me to use as a clinician.

overcoming anxietyOvercoming Anxiety in Children and Teens written by Dr. Jed Baker is an excellent resource for both parents and therapists working with children and teens with different types of anxiety. The book is easy to read and provides information about various types of anxiety including social anxiety, selective mutism, separation anxiety and school refusal, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, somatic symptom disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Whether you a have a typical child with a specific fear or a child with special needs that have limited verbal skills, this book can be helpful.

Who is this book for? This book is for parents, caregivers, and therapists working with children with anxiety. You do not need to have a child with a diagnosed anxiety disorder to benefit from this book.

Overcoming Anxiety in Children and Teens also discusses the research behind the varying types of therapy and how to get your child read for treatment. The author discusses the “fight and flight’ response and how many children who struggle with anxiety often have “false alarms”. Dr. Jed Baker gives helpful advice such as “acting like a scientist” to rationalize some fears and how to desensitize your child to their fears through positive reinforcement. He also discusses the strategy of using a fear ladder which can be very helpful in treating a child with an anxiety disorder.  In addition, he discusses the importance and benefits of meditations and relaxing exercises to reduce stress and anxiety.

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Are you looking for apps to help your child reduce stress? Check out some of Dr. Baker’s recommendations here:
Take a chill

Smiling Mind


The Mindfulness App

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