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Reducing Anxiety in Very Young Children: A Controlled Study

We want to help you learn to be an “expert coach” who can help your child cope with anxiety. To become this kind of coach, the first step is to make sure you know the game really well—to go over a basic model of anxiety and of coping with anxiety. It is also important to learn to become a good observer of your child’s anxiety, and of your own and other family members’ responses to it. The next step is to learn “coaching methods:” ways to help your child reduce anxiety and become more adventurous. The third step will be to give your child opportunities to practice facing and coping with feared situations or worries.