Richard Bromfield, PhD, Harvard Medical School, author Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Embracing Asperger’s
The peaceful cover well expresses Levine and Chedd's gentle and effective approach to resolving anxiety and phobias in children with developmental difficulties. By showing how to break child's fears down into more tolerably-sized "chunks," they provide a means of keeping the child engaged in the therapeutic work, preventing the frequent dropouts of behavioral treatment. While they designed a method for children with special needs, it will enhance the treatment of any child or teen with anxiety or phobias. Clear and direct enough to instruct a beginning clinician, it is rich and innovative enough to teach experienced therapists.
Carolyn Holleyman, Grandmother of three toddler boys
This is a lovely book, which has many ideas applicable to neurotypical children as well. Brilliant for toddlers tantruming (I have toddler grandsons aged one and two, and am already having conversations with the hand-dryer in the church lavatory - wonderful!)
Ruth Glynne-Owen, Founder and Chief Executive, Speur-Ghlan Early Intervention Service, Scotland
Too often children with autism are viewed through the lens of the condition, with their challenges seen purely as 'behaviour'. However, anxiety is such a key issue for so many individuals on the autism spectrum that it becomes essential to treat it as an individual and individualised 'thing' rather than largely disregarded simply as part of the diagnosis. This book is a welcome and much needed addition to a field of literature on treating the core symptoms of autism in an emotionally-centred and child-friendly way. Levine and Chedd have made a largely misunderstood, but essential part of autism treatment accessible to professionals and parents alike. They offer a practical, effective way to approach and treat anxiety in autism. Most importantly children and the professionals that treat them will also have great fun attacking anxiety together!
Aureen P. Wagner, Ph.D., Director, The Anxiety Wellness Center, author of Worried No More and What to Do when your Child has OCD
A highly creative approach, combining classic exposure with symbolic play for children often considered very difficult to treat. Professionals and parents will find the depth of expertise and clinical pearls shared by the authors very accessible and feasible. Especially helpful are the many detailed examples and many ideas for implementing the treatment for a broad range of fears. A valuable resource that I will use often!
Mel ThomsettSensory Smart
This book really is easy to access for parents and professionals, and a great tool for all parties to work together... Reading the book through was enough to give me some new ways of approaching anxiety/OCD strategies straight away. Really useful!