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Anxiety Relief for Kids
Available as an eBook/audiobook
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Flynn Bridget Walker & Michael A Tompkins
New Harbinger Publications, Inc. (2017)
Written by a psychologist and expert in childhood anxiety, this book offers proven effective cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure skills you can use at home, in social settings, or anywhere anxiety takes hold.
Call#: BF 723 .A5 W35 2017
Attached at the Heart: 8 Proven Parenting Principles for Raising Connected and Compassionate Children
This book, by the founders of Attached Parenting International, is a comprehensive look at attachment parenting, from an overview of attachment theory and child development research to strategies for everyday situations.
Call#: WS 105.5 .C3 N624 2009
Bye-Bye Time = Momento de la despedida
This bilingual English-Spanish book for children teaches transition rituals and self-soothing techniques to help children manage separation anxiety.
Call#: BB 7 .V548bbt 2017
Everyday Goodbyes: Starting School and Early Care: A Guide to the Separation Process
In this book, Balaban helps parents and teachers understand why children can take time to adjust to separation and what they can do to ease transitions.
Call#: LB 1132 .B171e 2006
How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler
This book demystifies the difficult behaviors of anxious toddlers, offering tried-and-tested practical solutions to common parenting dilemmas. Each chapter provides a real life example and new and effective parenting approaches to help parents tackle everyday difficulties and build up their child’s resilience, independence, and coping mechanisms.
Call#: BF 723 .A5 D36 2016
I Go to Child Care
This children’s book helps young children be better prepared for child care.
Call#: PZ 7 .R5142 2015
This children’s book tells the story of Esteban and how he manages his separation anxiety while at school, knowing that his mother always comes back.
Call#: PZ 7 .H8624mg 2014
The Attachment Connection: Parenting a Secure and Confident Child Using the Science of Attachment Theory
This book shows how paying attention to the emotional needs of your child, particularly during the first five years of development, can help him or her grow up happy, secure, and confident.
Call#: BF 723 .A75 N565 2008
The Birth to Five Book: Confident Childrearing Right from the Start
This all-purpose book provides parents with advice on how to encourage healthy development in many areas, including attachment and separation.
Call#: WS 105.5 .C3 .N736 2009
The Simple Guide to Attachment Difficulties in Children
Much more than just a simple introduction to the subject of attachment, this book is also full of advice and practical ideas you can try.
Touchpoints Birth to Three: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development
This text offers parents advice on numerous topics related to emotional and behavioral development in infants and toddlers.
Call#: WS 105 .B827bir 2006
“Don’t Get So Upset!:” Help Young Children Manage Their Feelings by Understanding Your Own: A Guide for Caregivers.
This book shows caregivers how to get in touch with their own emotions so they can better help children with theirs. Information includes emotional development, early childhood behavior management strategies, and self-reflection.
Call#: WS 105.5 .E5 J17d 2008
Videos and Media
A Place of Our Own: Early Childhood Solutions: Behavior and Emotions
This series explores how parents and caregivers can better support the social and emotional development of young children and addresses separation anxiety.
Call#: WS 113 .P697 2008
Attachment Relationships: Nurturing Healthy Bonds
Follow the journey of a baby’s phases of attachment from birth to age two … See examples of how parents and caregivers can foster healthy attachment relationships. Attentive, responsive, and loving care given by a baby’s primary caregiver sets the foundation for a child’s capacity to form these relationships throughout life.
Call#: WS 105.5 .F2 .A883
Preschoolers: Social & Emotional Development
This program shows how preschoolers learn to play cooperatively, make friends and express emotions.
Call#: WS 105 .P928s 2008
To Be a Father
This video, part of the I am Your Child Video Series with host Ray Romano, provides information on how fathering begins even before birth, how dads can connect with their children right from the start, what fathers can do to foster a close relationships with their children even when they live miles apart and how fathers can overcome the challenges of parenting under special circumstances, like separation and divorce.
Call#: HQ 756 .T627d 2005
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Development: Ages & Stages—Helping Children Manage Fears
This article presents ways that parents can help children at different ages and stages to manage their fears, including separation.
Easing the Separation Process for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
his article provides an overview of attachment theory and how it relates to separation anxiety, bonding, and development.
Peekaboo Power: To Ease Separation and Build Secure Relationships
This article describes how peekaboo games can be used with toddlers and in play-group settings to support development and autonomy.
Healthy Children (2021)
This article from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides facts on separation anxiety and tips to improve transitions for young children.
Illinois Early Learning Project (2016)
It is often hard for a parent or other loved one to leave a young child who cries and clings. The child is experiencing separation anxiety. Children may not understand when loved ones will be back.
Mayo Clinic (2021)
The Mayo Clinic Web site provides a summary of the causes of separation anxiety and what parents can do to ease this feeling in children.