Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children
Zucker , B.
ISBN: 978-1-59363-343-1
Prufrock Press
2008

BOOK REVIEW (Davidson Institute) - A review of Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children by Dr. Bonnie Zucker.

Reviewed by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Bonnie Zucker has helped hundreds of children overcome their anxiety by using a program she developed based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, in which she teaches coping skills, methods for facing fears and challenging 'faulty thinking.'  Drawing from over ten years of practice experience, Dr. Zucker shares her approach in her book Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children.

Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children is a strong addition to the Prufrock Press family as it is a must read for parents of gifted children dealing with anxiety. It is published in a unique companion-book format which offers both an informational component for parents and a workbook for kids that are designed to be read simultaneously and promote working as a team. Dr. Zucker’s passion for helping children with anxiety disorders is obvious throughout Anxiety-Free Kids. Her professional, yet warm and personal tone, help to make the book an easy read as it is all written in a language that is easy to understand.

The user-friendly parent section begins by providing an overview of different types of anxiety, its symptoms, and an explanation of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Its chapters continue, covering goal setting, relaxation, worries, changing thoughts and behaviors, stress management, and positive self-talk. The parents’ guide closes with a piece on motivation, a special section offering additional information and strategies for specific kinds of anxiety, as well as a list of pertinent resources and organizations.

The kids’ guide opens with a warm welcome that clearly explains the book’s purpose and the desired outcome; however, it may seem a bit juvenile to older students as Dr. Zucker explains her Psy.D. title and what it means to go to therapy. The chapters mirror the parent section’s content and exercises and key terms are italicized throughout to draw attention to important vocabulary. The kids’ section is printed on perforated pages to allow for concurrent reading and completion of activities.

Together, the parent and child portions of Anxiety-Free Kids create a practical tool with helpful information, useful strategies and techniques, and exercises that are simple to understand and applicable in a variety of settings.

Anxiety-Free Kids’ provides a proactive, detailed plan that allows parents and children to work together to overcome anxiety and is a must read for any family whose child deals with anxiety.


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