Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries

Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries

Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries

Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal with Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries

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Dear Parent, The book you hold in your hands contains information and a selfhelp program that is a beginning point for you to help your child overcome school anxiety. As you can attest, school anxiety creates distress for your child and causes disruption in your family. Overcoming School Anxiety lays out the many reasons children become anxious in the learning environment and teaches you ways your child can become calm, manage the homework load, do well on tests, make friends, and feel good about himself or herself in school.

I have been developing the Overcoming School Anxiety Program throughout my eighteen years as a psychotherapist in private practice in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, working with school-anxious children and their parents. However, the real beginnings of this program come out of my own painful experiences with school anxiety. Although not formally diagnosed with a learning disability, as an adult I finally put a name to the struggles I had with math that could make school a living hell. Called dyscalculia, the condition is dyslexia with numbers and mathematical patterns. I also suffered from separation anxiety disorder in the early grades in elementary school, and all the way up until high school, I was considered an underachiever. I'm smart, but school anxiety buried my potential. When I had children, my youngest daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade. I know firsthand how it feels to be a parent with a child who struggled in school.

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