Author: Christine Fonseca
Product Code: 3983
ISBN: 9781618213983
Pages: 240
Availability: In stock.

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.


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Review by: Elaine Weiner, Gifted Education Communicator - June 1, 2015
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is called a challenging beast by Dr. Fonseca. When I asked various people about their school experiences, I was shocked to learn how many suffered with SAD in their early years. It is hard to be young, it is hard to be gifted, and it is hard to be human. And so books are written to help. Thank goodness!

Because this is a Prufrock Press Inc. book, you can expect the usual format that is so wise and easy to follow. After pages that give the main ideas, there are worksheets, questionnaires, tip sheets, and Chalk talk for teachers. If you really want to solve a problem, just follow the yellow brick road. It’s all here for you.
Review by: Pallas McCorquodale, Foreword Reviews - May 27, 2015
Created for parents and educators as well as those suffering from any form of social anxiety disorder, or SAD, school psychologist Christine Fonseca’s Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety is a comprehensive, interactive handbook “designed to provide a bridge between research, clinical practice, and application.”

Case studies and real-life sketches intermingle with the more technical side of social anxiety, such as the neurological and physiological aspects as well as biological and environmental causes . . . Fonseca uses relatable language and an earnest, supportive tone throughout. She ends with a Q&A chapter and an offer to partner with families as they confront insecurities and build self-confidence in the “shy child.”
Review: Midwest Book Review - May 1, 2015
Impressively well written, organized and presented, “Raising The Shy Child” is thoroughly ‘parent friendly’, informed and informative, making it an exceptional and highly recommended addition to community and academic library Parenting Studies reference collections.
Review: Publishers Weekly - April 13, 2015
(Starred Review) Addressing the parents of children with social anxiety disorder (SAD), Fonseca (Quiet Kids) provides a well-organized, powerful collection of strategies drawn from the current literature and her experience as a school psychologist. Fonseca carefully separates SAD from similar-looking personality traits such as shyness, introversion, or fear of unfamiliar situations. She also examines how SAD interacts with factors like giftedness, depression, parental anxiety, autism, and social communication disorder. Diagnostic worksheets for parents require thoughtful consideration of topics such as parenting styles, household expectations, and children's mindsets and behaviors, supplemented with awareness tasks like behavioral journaling. Worksheets for kids help them participate in documenting and understanding their own difficulties. These tools, together with carefully chosen case studies, will help parents understand their child's concerns, find the right home supports, and decide when to seek more formal help from schools or professionals. Fonseca assumes a high level of intelligence on the part of readers, never speaking down to parents or children. Parents who have seen educators minimize their child's struggles as normal shyness, felt herded into one-size-fits-all solutions, or struggled to comprehend apparently nonsensical behavior from bright children will find this comprehensive resource grounding and practical.

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