Take Control of OCD: The Ultimate Guide for Kids with OCD
Publisher: Prufrock Press
ISBN 10: 1593634293
ISBN 13: 978-1593634292
Take Control of OCD is a unique guide just for kids ages 814 with obsessive compulsive disorder to help them take control of their disorder and find success in school and in life. Using a cognitive-behavioral therapy method to stress gradual exposure to students' obsessive thinking patterns, the book takes kids step-by-step through a ladder-based process to conquer their fears and demolish their worries.
Focusing on helping kids change their obsessive thoughts, tolerate uncertainty, develop positive self-talk and stress management, advocate for their needs in school, find successful relaxation procedures, and face their fears, the book includes workbook-style pages for kids to complete. By interviewing kids with OCD from across the country, the author offers tons of advice, information, and ideas for students, by students just like them. This handy guidebook is sure to help children with OCD change their behaviors and conquer their worries, discovering a sense of accomplishment and achievement.
Following the model of Janet Price and Jennifer Engel Fisher’s Take Control of Asperger’s Syndrome (2010), Zucker—a psychologist experienced in treating anxiety disorders—addresses affected young readers directly and offers a structured set of self-help strategies for coping with diagnosed obsessive-compulsive behavior. Suggesting that the chapters be read in order for best results, she opens with a nontechnical explanation of the disorder’s genetic and neurological roots, then goes on to discuss creating written behavioral “ladders,” using relaxation techniques effectively, building self-awareness, handling uncertainty, and managing stress. The author systematically recaps her main facts and points in each chapter with bulleted lists and closing summaries, and she adds brief quotes and case studies from her own practice, claiming that the widely embraced “Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy” she outlines here is a proven blueprint for success in controlling OCD. Includes lists of organizations and multimedia resources. Grades 6-9. --John Peters
About the Author
Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in Washington, DC, where she has helped hundreds of children overcome OCD and anxiety in private practice at Alvord, Baker, & Associates, and at the National Center for the Treatment of Phobias, Anxiety, and Depression. She was named one of Washingtonian Magazine's Top Therapists in the fields of OCD and phobias in 2009.