Sunday, January 20, 2013

Growing Up Brave: A Book Review

About The Book:

When our children are born, we do everything we can to make sure they have love, food, clothing, and shelter. We read to them, play with them, and comfort them when they cry. But despite all this, one in five children today suffers from a diagnosed anxiety disorder, and countless others suffer from anxiety that interferes with critical social, academic, and physical development. 

Dr. Donna Pincus, nationally recognized childhood anxiety expert, is here to help. InGrowing Up Brave, Dr. Pincus helps parents identify and understand anxiety in their children, outlines effective and convenient parenting techniques for reducing anxiety, and shows parents how to promote bravery for long-term confidence. Perhaps your young child has trouble sleeping or separation anxiety, or your teen suffers from social anxiety or panic attacks--whatever the issue,Growing Up Brave can help.

Using methods based on cognitive behavioral therapy, you will learn to identify your child's fear and anxiety on the spectrum from normal and predictable to what might be cause for concern, to promote a secure attachment with your child in only five minutes a day, tools to foster coping skills in the face of anxiety-producing situations, strategies for reinforcing problem-solving behavior, adaptive parenting styles, and much more. Dr. Pincus includes stories from her practice of children--from preschoolers to teens--who have overcome their fear and anxiety through her step-by-step approach, as well as information on therapy and medication. 

Whether your child has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or simply needs help navigating this increasingly stressful world, Growing Up Brave
provides an essential toolkit for instilling happiness and confidence for childhood and beyond.

About The Authors:

Dr. Donna Pincus, Editor and creator of The Child Anxiety Network, is currently an Associate Professor at Boston University, and is also the Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Pincus received her graduate training in Clinical Psychology at SUNY Binghamton, specializing in the assessment and treatment of children’s fears and anxieties, and children’s coping with stressful events. Dr. Pincus completed her clinical internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Donna Pincus is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIMH funded study investigating the development of a treatment for young children with separation anxiety disorder. She has given numerous talks and workshops on child anxiety to parents, teachers, students and healthcare professionals. Among her media appearances, Dr. Pincus was recently interviewed on the NBC Today show, Nick News, National Geographic, Women's Lifetime Television Network, and was featured in a 20/20 ABC News segment on childhood panic disorder.

Dr. John Otis is the Webmaster for the Child Anxiety Network, an Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Boston University, and the Director of Pain Management Psychology Services at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He received his graduate training in Health Psychology at the University of Florida, specializing in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. Dr. Otis has conducted research and produced scholarly writing about pain throughout the lifespan. Dr. Otis is directing research investigating the efficacy of pain management therapy. In addition, he has merged his interest in psychology with internet technology and is currently managing several psychology related websites.

My Review:

This book has been a true treasure to me. We have a daughter who, at only six years of age and in grade one, seems to struggle with anxiety. Though we do not have an official diagnosis, many of the tips in Growing Up Brave have been very helpful as we help our daughter slowly become more confident in school. 

The book is very easy to read, well organized and the tips are adaptable for children of all ages. The ideas are simple, yet effective, and very practical. Growing Up Brave is a book that should be read by all parents who have to deal with childhood anxiety, as well as education professionals.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Growing Up Brave online through Amazon or at your favorite local bookseller.

***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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