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Overcoming School Anxiety How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries

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ISBN-10: 0814474462

ISBN-13: 9780814474464

Edition: 2008

Authors: Diane Peters Mayer, Diane Peters Mayer

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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: AMACOM
Publication date: 7/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Jocelyn Downie is a professor of law and medicine and a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the Royal Society of Canada. Jennifer J. Llewellyn is an associate professor of law at Dalhousie University, and Director of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Community University Research Alliance.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
How to Use the Overcoming School Anxiety Program
What Is School Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal aspect of being human
Positive and negative effects on mental and physical functioning
Definition of school anxiety and discussion of symptoms
Causes and effects of school anxiety
Short- and long-term effects of school anxiety
Anxiety Is a Mind-Body Experience
Examination of stress and children's reaction to stress
Physiological effects of anxiety
Discussion of the nervous system
Fight-or-flight and relaxation responses
Matching physical, mental, and emotional anxiety symptoms to physiological changes
Reasons for chronic anxiety
Development of an anxiety disorder
Guidelines for professional help
List of common anxiety disorders
Ways to help children deal with stress
Help! My Child Won't Go to School
Causes and effects of school refusal
Discussion of why leaving home can be difficult
Childhood fears of parents dying while child is at school
Childhood worries about not "fitting in"
Definition of separation anxiety disorder (SAD) and its symptoms
Guidelines for preventing and easing the anxiety of school refusal
Exercises, techniques, and parental guidelines
My Child Can't Stop Worrying
Sources of childhood worry (testing, homework assignments, teachers, socializing)
Explanation of chronic worry and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
Effects of worry on school performance
Tips to help children stop worrying
Exercises, techniques, and parental guidelines
My Child Panics and Avoids Situations
Definition of panic disorders and symptoms
Causes and effects of panic
Discussion of agoraphobia and its effect on attending school
Tips on helping children cope with panic
Exercises and examples
My Child Fears People, Places, and Things
Definitions of social phobia and simple phobia and explanation of childhood symptoms
Causes of phobias
Examination of phobia's effects on school experience
Information on types of professional treatment
Exercises and techniques to help stop phobias
Tips for creating a systematic desensitization program
Guidelines for helping children cope with phobias
My Child Has Homework Anxiety
Guidelines if child dreads homework
How to ease homework anxiety
Creating a comfortable homework space
Breaking down the homework load
Answers to common questions for parents of a school-anxious child
Exercises and techniques for conquering homework anxiety
Tips for making learning exciting for children
My Child Has Test Anxiety
Definition of test anxiety and discussion of its symptoms
How test anxiety builds up
Explanation of physical, mental, and emotional effects of pretest anxiety
Symptoms of test anxiety
Exercises, test-taking techniques, and parental guidelines
My Child Is a Perfectionist
Definition of perfectionism
Characteristics and causes of perfectionism
Link between perfectionism and anxiety
Guidelines to help children become less rigid in their thinking and ease the anxiety associated with perfectionism
Exercises and techniques include learning how to relax, "letting go," and practicing making mistakes
Building Your Child's Self-Esteem
Definition of self-esteem and self-worth
Causes of low self-esteem
Negative self-talk
Guidelines to build up a child's self-esteem
Easy projects and exercises for parents and children to work on together
Tips on how to use a child's strengths to build self-esteem
My Child Is Being Bullied
Definition of bullying
Differences between girl and boy bullies
Link between bullying and school anxiety
How to help children cope with bullies
When to step in to help your child and when to contact the school
What to do if your child is the bully
Exercises to help children take control of the bullying situation
How to help your school enact an antibullying program
Parental and Family Conflict and Issues
Types of family conflict that create anxiety and lead to school anxiety
Unique ways children handle family conflict
Symptoms of family conflict such as anxiety, behavior problems, and poor grades
Guidelines to help a child deal with divorce, death of a parent, and moving to a new home and school
My Child Has Learning, Physical, or Emotional Challenges
Physical and learning challenges that make the school experience difficult
Link between learning challenges, physical challenges, and anxiety
Information on how to prepare children for the school environment academically and emotionally
Tips and exercises to teach children how to cope and thrive at school
Learn to Breathe to Feel at Ease
Breathing and anxiety
Explanation of belly breathing (diaphragmatic breathing) and its positive effect on the relaxation response
Physical, mental, and emotional effects of belly breathing
How belly breathing can stop school anxiety
Guidelines and instructions for practicing belly breathing
How to use belly breathing in stressful school situations
"Be Present" for School Success
How to live in the moment
How being in the moment can reduce school anxiety for test taking, homework, or speaking up in class
Guidelines for practicing living in the moment
Instructions for teaching children to live in the moment
Exercises for a variety of school situations
Learning to Let Go and Flow
Teaching your child to face fears to reduce anxiety
Description of the white-knuckle response and how it increases your child's school anxiety
Instructions on helping your child ride out anxiety when it surfaces in school
How to help your child to "loosen and float" at school
Guidelines for loosening anxiety's grip on your child's mind
Exercises for facing fears and letting them go
Eat Right to Feel Right
Link between nutrition and increased or decreased anxiety
Effects on school performance of a child's diet that is high in processed and fatty foods
How vitamin and mineral deficiencies cause anxiety
Guidelines for choosing a diet to help prevent and ease anxiety
Types of professional help available for parents
Suggestions for helping your school change its lunch menus and snacks
Studies showing how diet can help decrease anxiety and behavioral problems
Getting Physical with Your Child
How exercise reduces anxiety
Why exercise has a positive effect on anxiety and anxiety disorders
Description of kinds of exercises paired with developmental stages
Guidelines for beginning an exercise program for your child, yourself, and even your whole family
What Are Traditional Medical Treatments for Children?
Discussion of traditional medical treatments such as medication and numerous psychotherapies
Use of antidepressants in children
What happens in a psychotherapist's or psychiatrist's office
Types of mental health practitioners who practice therapy
Kinds of therapy available for children
Discussion of the downside of psychotropic medications for children
What Are Alternative Treatments for Children?
Description of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
Discussion of yoga, herbs, and acupuncture
Practitioners of CAM such as holistic medical physicians and alternative practitioners
Wrap-Up
Resources
Index
About the Author