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Child phobias addressed in library book
Rosita Smith

Last week, in Bullying, we explored the damage done when someone is persistently targeted and taunted, complete with a resource list of some 25 sources that you can turn to for help. This week we are reviewing Growing up Brave, a book that outlines techniques that can be learned to help a child overcome his phobias and fears.

Do you have a fearful child? A child with learning problems? A child who clings to you tightly on the first day of school and cries hysterically? Or maybe your child has developed a set of rituals that must be performed at specific times in a specific order?

Nighttime comes with its own set of problems when a child refuses to go to sleep unless he is in the parental bed between mother and father.Or maybe she will not go outside because there is a dog next door.

Maybe your teen-ager is struggling in school because he fears meltdown if he has to explain how the components of his science project work in tandem.

What to do? How to do it? Grab Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety at the Palo Verde Valley Library and read on.

Donna B. Pincus, PhD., is the director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at Boston University. She guides parents in identifying and understanding anxiety in their children; outlines effective and convenient parenting techniques for reducing anxiety, and shows parents how to promote bravery for long-term confidence.

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.

Pincus has developed a five-minute-a-day-with-your-child exercise that promotes a secure attachment with your child. And she provides you, the parent, in the face of anxiety-producing situations, strategies for reinforcing problem- solving behavior, adaptive parenting styles and much more.

Growing Up Brave has sections that address bedtime issues, examining anxious thoughts, accepting physical feelings, and changing avoidant behaviors. Pincus shows you how to create and use a Bravery Ladder to help your child overcome his/her fears, whether it be a presentation in class or a fear of dogs.

Many medical professionals and parents turn to medication to get their child under control. Pincus has turned to psychology to understand the child's fears and develop an individual plan for each child that enables that child to overcome his personal fears and develop into a fully functioning member of society.

Growing Up Brave should be on every parent's bookshelf. With its clear, detailed, how-to-do explanations parents can tackle most any problem that would come along. Who doesn't want a fully functioning household with children whose anxiety level is under control?

Growing Up Brave is now at the Palo Verde Valley Library on the new non-fiction shelf under 649.64 PINCU. If you have growing children in your family you really should read this book. Knowing what to do will help you to calm down and a calmer parent helps the children to also become less stressed.

The Palo Verde Valley Library is located at 125 W. Chanslorway in Blythe.

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