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Overcoming School Anxiety Reviews & Articles:
On-site reviews
Why is My Tween Afraid to Leave Home? Understanding Chronic Anxiety on Tweenparent.com by Diane Peters Mayer
Overcoming School Anxiety Book Review from Robyn's Online World
Parenting 101: Help calm your kid's nerves before the first day of school by Jennifer Davies, Union-Tribune Staff Writer, 8-29-09
What not to do on the first day of school: Think you're supremely unprepared for the fall grind? Think again. . . from GreatSchools.net
How to Prepare Kids for the First Day of School from Mighty Mommy - Quick and Dirty Tips for Practical Parenting, hosted by Cherylyn Feierabend.
Calming the back-to-school jitters by Jennifer Dean at MOMARAMA on PE.com
Separation Anxiety 101 and School Newbies: A Preschool Parent's Guide by Alisa Stoudt at Education.com
Book Review from LaLaGirl Likes.
Overcoming Homework Anxiety - Review by Education.com
OMG! School’s Almost In! by Michele Zipp, WorkingMother.com
Overcoming School Anxiety Book Excerpts & Interviews:
PARENTING 101 Interview: Watch for signs of bullying, and know how to react by Jennifer Davies, San Diego Union-Tribune Staff Writer,
Diane on BlogTalkRadio - Talking Anxiety with Diane Peters Mayer (Internet Radio Show & Podcast) with Lisa Stroyan & Amy Makice.
Anxiety - Interview with Diane Peters Mayer on Children with Anxiety
Read Diane's Interview with Elisha Goldstein (Mentalhelp.net and DrsGoldstein.com). on his integration of psychotherapy and mindfulness practice.
School anxiety from WHYY’s Behavioral Health desk, Maiken Scott reports.
Voices In The Family | Radio | WHYY - School Anxiety Interview
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Overcoming School Anxiety

Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal With Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries
by Diane Peters Mayer, M.S.W., L.S.W.

Purchase Overcoming School Anxiety at Amazon.com

Every year, more than 68 million students of every age find themselves worrying excessively about their first day of school, even before it begins. Their hearts race, their stomachs turn, and their palms sweat just thinking about getting on the school bus for the first time, that first pop quiz, or that notoriously strict teacher. For parents of these children, nothing can be more upsetting than dropping their kids off on the first day of school, wondering how they will cope. Now, they can stop worrying and start helping. As a seasoned psychotherapist, Diane Peters Mayer has successfully treated hundreds of elementary school students suffering from this common disorder. In Overcoming School Anxiety, she shows parents how to deal with a wide variety of problems, from test and homework anxiety, to bullying, and fear of speaking up in class. Mayer also offers easy-to-learn techniques for children including breathing and relaxation exercises, focusing techniques, and tips on proper diet and exercise that help relieve stress. Filled with real-life examples as well as proven advice for working with teachers, principals, and counselors, this is the only comprehensive guide that will enable every parent to help a child cope, build confidence, and succeed in school.


"If you’ve ever witnessed your child having a panic attack or heard him wail in horror as you put him on the school bus, you’re no stranger to school anxiety. For most children going to school presents no real problem. But for children who suffer from anxiety disorders, school is a source of fear and agony.

Knowing the truth about school anxiety can prevent many morning family battles. Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal With Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries explains what school anxiety is, who it happens to, and why it happens. It also explains some traditional and nontraditional ways of treating the problem. Perhaps even more important, the book explains why your child might very well be telling the truth when he complains of a headache or dizziness right before school..." Parentsdigest.com

"The first day of school is often one filled with anxiety for students of every age. Parents often worry how they will cope at school. Overcoming School Anxiety by Diane Peters Mayer ($16.00, Amacom softcover) addresses a whole range of problems. Its author, a psychotherapist who has worked with school-anxious children and their parents, has a good track record. Filled with real-life examples, this book will prove very helpful for any parent whose child is unable to stop worrying, has panic attacks, has problems taking tests, or low esteem among the many problems common to youth." Review by Alan Caruba, Bookviews.com

"Overcoming School Anxiety is empowering for both parent and child." Betty Ann Castaneda, parent, California

"I see this book as an invaluable tool that will stay by my bedside throughout my daughter’s school career." Lisa Nero, parent, California

"I would strongly recommend it to any teacher or parent as a practical guidebook to better understanding and aiding our youth." Waldemar Plichta, ME, foreign language teacher, Cedar Crest High School, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

"Not only does it outline easy-to-understand principles, guidelines, and applied techniques tailored to specific problems, it does so in empowering ways that curtail guilt and defeat. I am already implementing these concepts into my practice, and because the book cuts across professional and nonprofessional boundaries, I can recommend it not only to colleagues and clients but to family and friends as well." Karen Carter Katz, LCSW, BCD, Clinical Social Worker, private practice, Doylestown, Pennsylvania

"A clear, concise, systematic guide for parents to approach a difficult and often insurmountable problem. An excellent resource for schools. A must for staff and parents." Missy Leinbach, parent/elementary Spanish teacher, Ambler, Pennsylvania