Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety

Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety

by Christine Fonseca


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The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a common human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child: A Parent's Guide to Social Anxiety takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses a combination of real-world examples and stories from adults and children with social anxiety disorder to show parents and educators how to help children find a path through their fear and into social competence. With specific strategies to address school refusal, bullying, and identity issues, Raising the Shy Child is a must-read resource for anyone dedicated to enhancing the lives of children.

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented 2015 Legacy Book Award Winner - Parent

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781618213983
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 1,262,780
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Trained as an educational psychologist, Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children and adults connect with their personal truth. She is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, a nationally recognized speaker, and an international consultant and coach. Critically acclaimed titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and Letting Go.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Author's Note xi

Introduction xiii

Part I When Shyness Becomes a Problem

Chapter 1 Understanding Social Anxiety 3

Chapter 2 The Biology of Anxiety 27

Chapter 3 Environmental Causes of Social Anxiety 43

Chapter 4 The Impact of Social Anxiety 69

Part II Feeling Safe Inside Your Skin

Chapter 5 Social Anxiety Comes to School 93

Chapter 6 Social Anxiety and Friendships 109

Chapter 7 Social Anxiety in the World 123

Part III Creating Safe Havens

Chapter 8 How to Help 137

Chapter 9 Developing an Action Plan for Home 151

Chapter 10 When to Seek Additional Help 167

Part IV Social Anxiety FAQs

Chapter 11 Social Anxiety 101 185

Chapter 12 Social Skills and More: Specific Questions Regarding SAD 193

Chapter 13 Educators Ask Questions 201

Final Thoughts 211

References 213

About the Author 223

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