Soothing the Anxious Child: Helping Our Children Cope in the Aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy

This is the second in a series of three posts we hope will provide useful resources for teachers and parents in helping kids cope with the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. Our hearts are with all of the affected families in Newtown, Connecticut.

The following excerpt is from the book Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children, by John S. Dacey and Lisa B. Fiore. The book goes into greater detail about the authors’ nationally acclaimed COPE program for helping kids deal with anxiety. We thought this particular technique would be especially relevant for kids experiencing acute fear and anxiety in the wake of Newtown.

Soothing the Anxious Child (excerpt from Your Anxious Child) by Jossey-Bass Education

Your Anxious Child: How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children (2002) — 9780787960407







John S. Dacey, Ph.D., recently retired as in the Developmental and Education Psychology Program at Boston College.  An expert in child development, he is also the author of many books and articles on parenting, creativity, adolescent psychology, and human development.
Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D., teaches courses in developmental and educational psychology at Lesley University. Her background as an early childhood educator has fostered her research in Head Start centers and her work in counseling parents of young children.
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