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Review: Overcoming School Anxiety  

Friday, September 18, 2009

As you know, I have a 10 year old daughter with ADHD. She was diagnosed with ADHD about 5 years ago. She's always been anxious, about EVERYTHING. She has problems making (and keeping) friends as well as homework, and tests. Sometimes she won't want to go to school because she's having a problem with someone!

So when I was given the opportunity to review Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries, on behalf of the Publisher of this book and the Family Review Network, I knew that this could be a helpful book for us, for many years to come!

About the book: (taken from

Every year, more than 68 million students of every age find themselves worrying excessively about their first day of school, even before it begins. Their hearts race, their stomachs turn, and their palms sweat just thinking about getting on the school bus for the first time, that first pop quiz, or that notoriously strict teacher. For parents of these children, nothing can be more upsetting than dropping their kids off on the first day of school, wondering how they will cope. Now, they can stop worrying and start helping. As a seasoned psychotherapist, Diane Peters Mayer has successfully treated hundreds of elementary school students suffering from this common disorder. In Overcoming School Anxiety, she shows parents how to deal with a wide variety of problems, from test and homework anxiety, to bullying, and fear of speaking up in class. Mayer also offers easy-to-learn techniques for children including breathing and relaxation exercises, focusing techniques, and tips on proper diet and exercise that help relieve stress. Filled with real-life examples as well as proven advice for working with teachers, principals, and counselors, this is the only comprehensive guide that will enable every parent to help a child cope, build confidence, and succeed in school.

My thoughts:

This book is clearly written, easy to understand, and incredibly helpful. It teaches you about anxiety, not just how to deal with it! Also included are examples of symptoms, as well as includes TONS of helpful tips! Not only have I used it for my daughter, but also for my son, for if/when he has problems with those kids in school (like we did at the end of the year last year!) It's great for parents and teachers alike and I would recommend it to any parent of a special needs child and to any teacher!

This post was written for Family Review Network as part of a program for Overcoming School Anxiety & it's publisher, who supplied the book for review.

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