Books for Children on Social Anxiety Disorder

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Books for children on social anxiety disorder can address problems with social interactions that some kids may face. Many embrace therapeutic techniques and coping skills that can be very helpful.

Recommended Reading

Treatment for social anxiety in childhood is critical and books for children on social anxiety disorder can help. Books that address the problem do not necessarily describe the condition, however. They tend to look at treating the symptoms associated with the syndrome, as do outcome-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.

When My Worries Get too Big

When My Worries Get too Big by Kari Dunn Buron is an outstanding selection that helps children to develop personalized self-help strategies to deal with anxiety. The book is engaging, simple and very effective. The calming strategies are excellent because they help children to recognize their emotions without making them concentrate on putting their feelings into words. The techniques are effective and they are ideal for children with autism spectrum disorders.

The book begins with the encouraging words, "Sometimes kids have worries but they also have things they are really good at." The charming illustrations and esteem-building activities make When My Worries Get too Big a great choice for any child.

David and the Worry Beast

David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety is another excellent book for kids who have overwhelming feelings of anxiousness. The story encourages children to work through their feelings rather than avoiding challenging situations. It uses a "worry beast" as a delightfully imaginative tool for teaching coping skills.

What to Do When You Worry too Much

What to Do When You Worry too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety is a great choice for fans of the cognitive-behavioral approach. The book begins with a helpful introduction for parents and caregivers followed by practical cognitive exercises to reduce worry. The first chapter compares worries to plants. The more you tend to them, the more they grow. This selection is written for kids ages 9 to 12 years old.

A Boy and a Turtle

A Boy and a Turtle uses guided imagery, a relaxation technique that can be effective in stress management. The visualization techniques can stimulate creativity while promoting self-esteem. The book is designed to help kids manage negative feelings, anger and anxiety.

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids is filled with coping techniques for children. The appeal of this workbook is its focus on encouraging parents to participate in the activities with their kids. The activities in the book encourage children to use cognition, breathing exercises, guided imagery, yoga, art and play to reduce anxiety. Laughter is a key feature of this text as well.

Social Anxiety and Stories

Books for children on social anxiety disorder can be very helpful, but they are not the only options to consider. Themes in children's books do not have to relate to the disorder specifically to be useful. Consider choosing stories that your child relates to in order to make connections. Stories about friendship are excellent places to begin exploring your options.

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Books for Children on Social Anxiety Disorder