What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Separation Anxiety

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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. He loved that it was “interactive.” He asked if we could copy the exercise pages so he could use them more than once.

This workbook, for elementary school-aged children, progresses in a natural manner. First, kids identify their fears and how they manifest. Then, they replace unhelpful thoughts and actions with helpful ones. Finally, they create a plan for tackling fearful situations from easiest to hardest.

My son and I both liked the hot air balloon metaphor used throughout the book. He was excited about drawing himself as the pilot of the balloon and receiving a “pilot’s license” at the end.

I liked that there wasn’t an emphasis on external rewards, and the suggested “rewards” were activities like playing a game together or going to the zoo.

The illustrations are cute. The exercises are short and not overwhelming. The text is a little on the repetitive side, but my son didn’t mind it. Reading this book made him feel hopeful and empowered. We both recommend it.


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Author Kristen Lavallee • Silvia Schneider
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 88 pages
Publisher Magination Press
Publish Date 2017-Oct-09
ISBN 9781433827136
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Issue April 2018
Category Tweens
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