Your Anxious Child (general)










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Dr Sharon Saline is an expert on ADHD in children and adolescents. Her recent book What Your ADHD Child Wishes you Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids For Success in School and Life  is based on her interviews of children with ADHD. It is a book with  compelling stories and practical advice. Today she talked about the experience of anxiety with children who have ADHD. 

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Joan Lovett, MD has recently retired from active practice but graciously agreed to do this interview. She is a behavioral pediatrician who has written two books on using EMDR with children: Small Wonders: Healing Childhood Trauma with EMDR and Trauma-Attachment Tangle: Modifying EMDR to Help Children Resolve Trauma and Develop Loving Relationships.  Among other things she creatively uses story telling to help children resolve early traumas. Her books are useful for both parent and clinician. 


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Tom Bunn is a return guest to this podcast where in an early episode he talked about the fear of flying based on his earlier book SOAR: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fearing of Flying. He recently published Panic Free: The 10-Day Program to End Panic, Anxiety and Claustrophobia which is the topic of the current interview. His creative approach to panic utilizes the latest insights from neuroscience. His approach is especially useful for panic triggered by infrequent events such as flying, thunderstorms, trips to the dentist and getting shots.

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Amanda Stern recently published her memoir Little Panic: Dispatches From An Anxious Life, a compelling story of growing up as an anxious child. She is also the author of The Long Haul and eleven books for children written under the pseudonyms Fiona Rosenbloom and AJ Stern. In her memoir, she provides a very compelling description of what it is like to grow up struggling with anxiety. I found the way she describes how alone and different anxious children can feel very helpful and compelling

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Somatic Experiencing Therapy is a type of therapy developed by Peter Levine to deal with trauma, but which is extremely relevant  helping all sorts of anxiety conditions in children. When children become anxious they often "shut down" or "freeze up" and this type of therapy has an important contribution to helping children with this part of the fight/flight/freeze response.

Candy Smith is a licensed clinical professional counselor, somatic experiencing practitioner and registered play therapist as well as certified yoga instructor. She is a highly regarded therapist in translating somatic experiencing therapy into effective treatment for children.

More information about Candy Smith can be found on web site where she has a blog and a series of videos explaining Somatic Experiencing Therapy. The videos are short and to the point, just want the busy parent and professional need.

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In this interview we explore how some avoidant behavior may be a function of sensory dysregulation rather than what we typically think of an anxiety. Ruth Goldfinger Golomb and Suzanne Mouton-Odum have written Psychological Interventions for Children with Sensory Dysregulation  which discusses how children with sensory systems that either overregister or underregister sensory input can appear to be anxious. A child with a very sensitive auditory system may avoid fire alarms because of the intense sensory discomfort the sound creates rather than a fear of something bad happening. We explore this important topic in this interview.

More information about Ruth Goldfinger Golomb can be found at

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Carolyn Broudy, MD is a psychiatrist who specializes in expecting parents and families with children 0-5. She is the director of The Family Connections Center in Northampton, MA ( In this interview she discusses the anxiety that natural comes with having an infant and some of the problems that parents encounter. She is an expert both infant development and in the psychological challenges of parenting.

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The topic of anxiety in the preschool child is continued with an interview with Dr. Claudia Gold. She is a pediatrician and a writer and currently specializes in early childhood mental health. She is the author of The Silenced Child: From Labels, Medication and Quick-Fix Solutions to Listening, Growth and Lifelong Resilience, Keeping Your Child in Mind: Overcoming Defiance, Tantrum and other Everyday Behavior Problems by Seeing the World Through Your Child's Eyes and most recently The Developmental Science of Early Childhood: Clinical Applications of Infant Mental Concepts from Infancy Through Adolescence.

More information about Dr Gold can be found on her website:


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Elizabeth Haske is a teacher and parent living in Sophia, Bulgaria who has just written a book for anxious children When Worry Takes Hold. In this interview we talk about her  new book which highlights the importance of mindfulness and breathing. We also discuss the special considerations needed when dealing with an anxious preschool child.

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Beth Maloney is the author of Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD and Childhood Interrupted: The Complete Guide to PANDAS and PANS.    She has written two very important and helpful books describing and explaining how a strep infection can lead a child to develop OCD, tics and other difficult behaviors. More information can be found at

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Lesley Koplow, M.S., L.C.S.W. talks with me about what I consider to to be relatively neglected topic in discussions of anxiety which is the preschool child. She is the Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College in New York City. Her book Bears Bears Everywhere! Supporting Children's Emotional Health in the Classroom will be a focus of our conversation. She has also written Unsmiling Faces: How Preschools Can Heal and Creating Schools That Heal:Real-Life Solutions.

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Sharon Selby is a therapist who specialized in anxious children and she just written a book for parents and children, Surfing the Worry Imp's Wave. This is an important book for parents and children to read together in order to establish a common vocabulary and strategy for dealing with anxiety. Her book comes with supplemental activities and worksheets that are available on her website

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Dawn Huebner, PhD is a psychologist in Exeter, N.H. who has written several extremely popular workbooks for elementary school children dealing with anxiety, such as What To Do When Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kids's Guide to Overcoming OCD. In this podcast, she discusses her new book, Outsmarting Worry geared towards 9-13 year olds. This book will an important resource for children in this transitional age where they have outgrown material that might have worked in elementary school but are not ready for more adult oriented books. Dawn Huebner has a distinct talent in speaking to children at their developmental level. 

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Emily Hodos is a Neuromovement Consultant and Licensed Brain Gym Instructor. There are some anxious children who do not seem to make enough progress with psychotherapy. In this interview, Emily Hodos provides an additional consideration about your anxious child which is that there  may be some problem in their sensory and motor development which is playing a role. Interestingly, those children who have not integrated some of the reflexes they were born with, may have a more anxious disposition. In this interview, Emily Hodos explains this interesting perspective. More information about Emily Hodos can be found at Tendril Kinetics (tendril

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Denise Stack is the past president of the International OCD Foundation and has been a leader in bringing OCD into public awareness. She is talking today about how OCD may show up in the classroom and what teachers and parents can do in response.

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Sebern Fisher, MA is an internationally recognized expert on the use of neurofeedback in the treatment of developmental trauma. She is the author of Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma: Calming the Fear-Driven Brain. In this discussion she talks about when a parent should consider neurofeedback for their child. She also discusses how trauma of different types can create a "fear-driven brain". Neurofeedback is an important treatment modality that has something quite distinct to offer.

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Lynn Lyons, LICSW is a psychotherapist in Concord New Hampshire. She has co-authored with Reid Wilson, PhD two books Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children and Playing with Anxiety: Casey's Guide for Teen and Kids and more recently Using Hypnosis with Children: Creating and Delivering Effective Interventions.  She is is sought after speaker and consultant. Her website is where additional material, including DVDs can be found.

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In this podcast we will talk about perfectionism in childhood with two psychologist from the Department of Psychology at Smith College. Do you have child who rips up her homework because it wasn't done perfectly? This may be the podcast for you.

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Tracy Anglada is the parent of two children with bipolar illness and the author Intense Minds: Through the Eyes of Young People with Bipolar Disorder  and Brandon and the Bipolar Bear. She also has a website which contains many useful resources including a 4 part webnair for teachers on bipolar illness. Her book Intense Minds is an extremely useful and important book in conveying what it is like for children for struggle with bipolar illness. In this interview we have the chance to talk about anxiety in children with bipolar illness which may occur in as much as 2/3 of all children with this condition and has some distinctive features.

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Karen Levine, PhD is a Psychologist in private practice and Instructor in Psychology at the Harvard Medical Center. She and Naomi Chedd, LMHC have written several books including Replays: Using Play to Enhance Emotional and Behavioral Development for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and most recently Attacking Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Guide to an Engaging Approach to Treating Anxiety and Phobias in Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Dr Levine practices in Lexington, MA and she can be found on the internet at

In this podcast Dr Levine will talk about how to help children with developmental challenges overcome their fears and phobias. 

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Lawrence Cohen, PhD is the author of several books on the importance of play in parenting. His recent book the opposite of worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears  is the topic of this podcast. More information is available at

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Captain Tom Bunn, MSW, LCSW is a pilot who has flown for the Air Force and several commercial companies. He is also a licensed therapist. His book SOAR: The Breakthrough Treatment for Fear of Flying  has highly praised. You can learn more about his program at

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Alan Goldberg,EdD is a expert on performance anxiety and the author of two book, This is Your Brain on Sports with David Grand and Sports Slump Busting. His web site contains a ton of useful material including some informative videos. If you have an anxious child, it is quite likely you will run some performance anxiety whether it involves a sports event, a school play or perhaps dealing with a standardized test. You will get some useful ideas from this podcast.

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This podcast is a departure from the usual 5 minute podcasts. Today we begin an occasional series of interview with professional with have a distinct perspective on helping anxious children. Dr Ken Talan is a child psychiatrist who has written a well received book Help Your Child or Teen Get Back on Track   and he currently teaches a  workshop for parents entitled "Parents Resilency Training-A Path To More Peace of Mind". Further information about Dr.Talan can be found on his website

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In this episode I talked about the problem of what to do if your anxious child doesn't want any help. 

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This is a very difficult phobia which can really interfere with a child's life.

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An anxiety disorder in which the child can talk easily at home but does not in other situations.

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There are some situations where OCD and other symptoms can be the result of an infection. 

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A discussion of OCD

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Slowing down your breathing can really help with anxiety

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Anxiety has traditionally been thought of in terms of a fight or flight response involving the sympathetic nervous system. But there is increasing appreciation of a freeze or immobility response-and we can see this operating in our anxious children

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Just because a teacher does not see your child as anxious, does not mean your child doesn't have worrie. In this podcast, I talk about how children do not always show their anxious selves in all situations. 

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Children can come up with their own solutions to their worries, but you have to be looking in order to see it.

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The girls first ski jump

This compelling video can teach us a lot about dealing with performance pressure.

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The importance of focusing on effort rather than performance is discussed.

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The importance of establishing "islands of competence" is discussed. Anxiety can be very compelling, so it helpful to develop some alternatives that can really grab your child's interest

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A very simple technique for managing anxiety on the go that involves making a fist. One version of this technique appeared in Scardies Away by Stacy Fiorille and Barry McDonagh and another verison appeared in Beat Anxiety Now by Alistair Horscroft

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A continue discussion of the freeze or immobility response using the example of a child who just will not get out of the car

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Techniques for helping your child get out an intense worry focus. 

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Anxiety tends to create intense preoccupation and tunnel vision. In this podcast we will discuss how to help your child get out his head and focused away from his/her worries

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Nighttime is a favorite time for worries to bother your child. In this podcast, I will talk about a strategy for helping contain worries. The worry motel

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In this episode I will talk about a common feature of anxiety. It is allergic to humor and wants everything to be taken seriously. Find out how what we can learn from Harry Potter in dealing with worry. 

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Suggestions about how to help your child with nightmares

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Although Halloween can be a lot of fun, for some children, the costumes can be unsettling. I will talk what this tell us about age differences in the experience of anxiety. 

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In this podcast, I will talk about how it is helpful to think of anxious thoughts as junk mail. We all get "Junk Mail", but those with a more anxious brain have more difficulty disregarding it. 

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This podcast is dedicated towards helping the busy parent who has an anxious child. Each episode is five minutes in length and focuses on one aspect of parenting an anxious child. Obviously, in five minutes I can't be comprehensive, but hopefully I can provide with some tips and pointers and get you started in the right direction. In the podcasts that follow I will be talking specific strategies you can use with your child. You will about the "Worry Motel" and "Two part sentences" and other techniques. I will also discuss specific conditions such as Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Selective Mutism, and Aspergers and many other topics. And of course nighttime is a favorite time for anxiety to show up and so I will be talking about what you can with those fears.  

For those of you that have time to dig deeper into this topic here are my favorite books on the topics. I will explain in a future podcast what I like about each book.

Tamar Chanksy, Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child's Fears, Worries and Phobias

Dawn Huebner What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety.

Lawrence J. Cohen The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears. 

Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children

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In this episode I will talk about how using humor can be helpful in turning the tables on anxiety

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