Is your child too shy?
Many parents worry because their children lack confidence and seem self-conscious. Kids with social anxiety often feel uncomfortable on the playground, hesitate to ask questions in class, and can be terrorized by the thought of going to a birthday party.
The authors of “What to Do When You Feel Too Shy” (Magination Press, 2016) make the point that social anxiety and shyness aren’t the same. Some children are temperamentally shy but eventually warm up to social situations. Children with social anxiety feel so uncomfortable and distressed that they are prone to avoid and lose out on opportunities to be with their peers.
Subtitled A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Social Anxiety,” this beautifully illustrated 80-page book will be helpful to two audiences: kids suffering from social anxiety and their parents. The book is intended for kids between the ages of 8-12 but may be useful for some younger readers too.
Claire A. B. Freeland, PhD and Jacqueline B. Toner, PhD (both clinical psychologists) encourage parents to read the book first and then to read it with their children. The intent is to foster discussion as well as opportunities for children to practice new social skills and learn ways to diffuse the tension that typically accompanies social anxiety.
One caveat: Although the book is based on cognitive-behavioral principles, it’s an adjunct rather than a substitute for professional diagnosis and an individualized plan of treatment. When correctly diagnosed, social anxiety (sometimes called social phobia) is a treatable disorder.
To win a copy of What To Do When You Feel Too Shy, leave a brief comment below telling whether or not you consider your child to be shy.
One winner submitting a comment received by midnight on December 31, 2016 will be randomly selected and contacted for their mailing address.
Congratulations to Renee, winner of the book giveaway!
The book is also available for purchase on Amazon: