Saturday, 23 May 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Attacking Anxiety BY Karen Levine & Naomi Chedd

Attacking Anxiety

A Step-by-Step Guide to an Engaging Approach to Treating Anxiety and Phobias in Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Drawing on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), this book sets out a clear, enjoyable, step-by-step approach for addressing the sorts of anxieties, fears and phobias that are so common in children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related challenges. Using this easy-to-follow model, parents and professionals will have the tools they need to help children and teens cope with and sometimes overcome anxieties caused by everyday occurrences. The book covers seven common scenarios, from fears of environmental sounds and visiting the doctor or dentist, to anxieties around transitions, changes to schedules and an intolerance for making mistakes. The model can be adapted to suit almost any anxiety or phobia and is ideal for use at home, at school and in clinical settings where it can be integrated into a variety of treatment approaches and styles. Designed to help parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and the teachers and therapists who work with them, this book is an excellent resource for successfully alleviating many of the anxieties and phobias that interfere with life enjoyment, not only for the child but for the entire family.
This book deals with many aspects, there are various methods, activities  given in the book which are very useful 
There are many topics included in this book, like  Phobia ,how do Phobias evolve over time.
how phobia can manifest in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) & how phobias evolve in time..
There are variety of things, andor it may show up as form of difficulty settling down & focusing n work or play,persistent sleep probles, irratibilty,reactivity,restlessness or agitation.
Also, while many children are picky eaters, some have intense negative responses to seeing, touching & smelling a range of common foods,even gaggling or vomiting.This may be due to child's past medical condition.
Fear of new or different kinds of clothing.
Fear of wearing new glasses ,hearing aids,or braces.
Getting water,dirt or food on clothing or body :- Some children get extremely upset if they get even a tiny bit of water,or food on their clothing & it spoils their mood.

All together, this  book is really helpful for both parents & children ,to understand & tackle various problems like Anxiety.

The author has done a lot of research in presenting the book in a nice manner,References are mentioned at the end of the book.



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