Every child experiences fear, but when a child experiences fear so consistently that it affects their daily function or well being, it becomes highly likely that an anxiety disorder is to blame. This book shows clinicians how to effectively use evidence-based techniques such as exposure therapy, CBT, and mindfulness to alleviate children's anxiety. Drawing on clinical experience and professional research,
Treating the Anxious Child offers both a framework for understanding the dynamics at play for fearful children, as well as evidence-based guidelines for treating them successfully through the inclusion of daily caregivers.
Eli R. Lebowitz, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. His research and clinical work focus on childhood anxiety and the family systems of children suffering from anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. He has published a successful book for parents on anxiety in children and is the author of several scientific papers and chapters on anxiety and CBT. Haim Omer, PhD is professor of clinical psychology at Tel Aviv University and founder of the Parent Training Clinic at Schneider Children s Medical Center of Israel. He has written many books and papers on the psychology of children.
Preface vii PART ONE: INTRODUCTION CHAPTER ONE Anxiety Disorders of Children and Adolescents 3 CHAPTER TWO Anxiety and Emotion Regulation 23 CHAPTER THREE When Anxiety Takes Over Family Accommodation 35 PART TWO: WORKING WITH THE ANXIOUS CHILD CHAPTER FOUR Cognitive Tools for Treating Anxiety 53 CHAPTER FIVE Behavioral Tools for Treating Anxiety 75 CHAPTER SIX Physiological Tools for Treating Anxiety 99 CHAPTER SEVEN Emotion-Based Tools for Treating Anxiety 111 PART THREE: WORKING WITH PARENTS CHAPTER EIGHT Parental Support and Protection 123 CHAPTER NINE Childhood Anxiety and Family Boundaries 139 CHAPTER TEN Introduction to Parent Work and the SPACE Program 151 CHAPTER ELEVEN The SPACE Program Treatment Process 157 CHAPTER TWELVE Tools for Troubleshooting the SPACE Program: Session Modules 207 CHAPTER THIRTEEN Increasing Collaboration Between Parents 235 PART FOUR: ANCILLARY ISSUES CHAPTER FOURTEEN School Refusal and School Phobia 267 CHAPTER FIFTEEN Highly Dependent Young Adults 281 CHAPTER SIXTEEN Medication for Childhood Anxiety 295 Appendix One Family Accommodation Scale Anxiety (FASA) 305 Appendix Two Coercive Disruptive Behavior Scale for Pediatric OCD 309 Author Index 315 Subject Index 321