Anxiety disorders are best treated using play therapy interventions provided by licensed mental health professionals. This guidebook helps novice and experienced child therapists understand the therapeutic power of play-based treatment strategies for children ages 3-12 with specific fears, phobias and anxiety.
The book is divided into three parts. Part I addresses common fears and anxiety of normal children. If left untreated, these fears often persist and may lead to psychopathology in adolescence and adulthood. Parents, teachers, and other caretakers can learn to use therapeutic play activities to reduce or solve mild to moderate disturbances. Part II focuses on the treatment of more severe anxiety disorders of childhood. Part III covers posttraumatic stress reactions.