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Parenting an anxious child means facing constant challenges and questions: When should parents help children avoid anxiety-provoking situations, and when should they encourage them to face their fears? How can parents foster independence while still supporting their children? How can parents reduce the hold their child's anxiety has taken over the entire family?

Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents is the first and only book to provide a completely parent-based treatment program for child and adolescent anxiety. Parents will learn how to alleviate their children's anxiety by changing the way they themselves respond to their children's symptoms - importantly, parents are not required to impose changes on their children's behavior. Instead, parents are shown how to replace their own accommodating behaviors (which allow anxiety to flourish) with supportive responses that demonstrate both acceptance of children's difficulties and confidence in their ability to cope. From understanding child anxiety and OCD, to learning how to talk with an anxious child, to avoiding common traps and pitfalls (such as being overly protective or demanding), to identifying the ways in which parents have been enabling a child's anxious behaviors, this book is full of detailed guidance and practical suggestions. 

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Great support and easy listening

I read the book as I work with families who are vulnerable. I am always looking for strategies for the many unique and complex situations I find myself and my families enduring.
I loved this book as it tackles the subject confidently without assigning blame. I could also visualise how helpful this will be for my families and give them the language to increase their confidence. I would definitely recommend for anyone, my own children are in their mid twenties and it helped me to reflect on their childhood, some of my misgivings and supported me to break some of my own guilt in how I felt I should or shouldn't have handled different situations. Thus book will last a life time. Thank you.

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  • S. KHAN
  • 10-11-21

Worksheets

I found the worksheets on Oxford Clinical Psychology site. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the individual worksheets: https://www.oxfordclinicalpsych.com/view/10.1093/med-psych/9780190883522.001.0001/med-9780190883522-appendix-1

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  • Luvn Reading
  • 09-11-21

HELP ~ Worksheets . . .

Like another listener I am trying to locate the PDFs for this title that are referred to throughout the book. How can I access those PDFs having purchased the audible version of this title?

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  • cbrave
  • 02-08-22

Timely book that I’ve shared multiple times even before finishing

Great introduction to anxiety and why it traps our kids. I heard Eli present at a conference and he is knowledgeable, personable, and accessible I’m his writing. This book focuses on helping us connect with what our kids are going through while also doing our work to reduce accommodation and encourage our kids.

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  • Jonathan Cook
  • 05-07-22

Cloying narrator, presumptuous text

As an audiobook, this is very difficult to listen to because the narrator’s voice is so condescending. This combines with the author’s repetitive writing to create a tone that seems to presume that the listener cannot understand some very basic concepts.

The content of this audiobook also makes certain presumptions about what a family‘s experience in dealing with anxiety will be. In the case of my family, these presumptions do not apply, and I presume that there are other families out there for whom this will be the case.

Anxiety is a very common experience, and diverse. The way that this book is written, it feels as if the author came up with a program and route backwards to describe anxiety experiences in order to fit that. I am left with very little new understanding that applies in my family‘s case.

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  • Michael Hughes
  • 23-06-22

Exactly what I was looking for

Step by step instructions for how to help your child reduce anxiety! Extremely helpful and clear.

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  • anthony wilkins
  • 21-06-22

Great intro to OCD

If you are looking for a book that helps you understand ocd more in depth and provide excellent examples this is the book. This book can be used by therapist and parents.

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  • Christie-Anne
  • 08-11-21

Informative and actionable advice (and worksheets)

Great book with wonderful information and recommendations. Here is the link to the Worksheets on Oxford University Press' website: https://www.oxfordclinicalpsych.com/view/10.1093/med-psych/9780190883522.001.0001/med-9780190883522-appendix-1#med-9780190883522-appendix-1-mediaGroup-3