My son struggles with separation anxiety, so I was excited to read this book with him. From the very first pages, he found the book appealing.... Reading this book made him feel hopeful and empowered. We both recommend it.” —Tulsa Book Review “Lavallee and Schneider bring together their collective wisdom in this interactive self-help book for parents and their young children who have separation concerns and anxiety. Separation anxiety prevents many children from enjoying their friends, families, and school. Using the metaphor of flying in a hot air balloon and based on their lifelong clinical research, they provide specific exercises and strategies based on established cognitive-behavioral principles for helping children overcome excessive separation anxiety. It clearly explains—in an engaging story format—the steps parents and children can take to overcome such anxieties and to lead a worry-free life. This is a practical ‘what-to-do’ book that will benefit many parents and their children. It is a book that will be welcome not only by parents but by clinicians who are looking for such materials to provide families.” —Thomas H. Ollendick, PhD, Director Child Study Center, Virginia Tech “What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart offers a nonjudgmental approach to getting a handle on kids’ separation anxiety with the ultimate goal of leading a richer life.” —Midwest Book Review
Imagine you are a hot air balloon pilot flying high in the sky. Where would you want to go? What do you think the view would be like from up high? Hot air balloon pilots have wonderful adventures, where they get to see things they have never seen before and learn all about the world outside. Flying a hot air balloon sounds like a lot of fun to some kids. But for other kids, the idea of flying off on their own, away from their parents or homes, doesn’t sound like fun at all.What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart guides children and their parents through the emotions underlying separation anxiety using strategies and techniques based on cognitive-behavioral principles. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to overcome separation anxiety—so they can become the confident pilots of their very own hot air balloons! Includes an Introduction to Parents and Caregivers. This book is part of the Magination Press What-to-Do Guides for Kids® series and includes an “Introduction to Parents and Caregivers.” What-to-Guides for Kids® are interactive self-help books designed to guide 6–12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of various psychological concerns. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, these books educate, motivate, and empower children to work towards change.
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