This book addresses separation anxiety and introduces children and parents to cognitive-behavioral therapy-based strategies that can help them understand and cope with any type of separation anxiety.
Flying a hot air balloon sounds like a lot of fun to some children. But for other children, the idea of flying off on their own, away from their parents or homes, doesn’t sound like fun at all.
This book includes activities designed to change a child’s perspectives on being separated and includes an introduction for parents and caregivers about how to most successfully use the book.
“Lavallee and Schneider bring together their collective wisdom in this interactive self-help book for parents and their young children who have separation concerns and anxiety. Separation anxiety prevents many children from enjoying their friends, families, and school. Using the metaphor of flying in a hot air balloon and based on their lifelong clinical research, they provide specific exercises and strategies based on established cognitive-behavioral principles for helping children overcome excessive separation anxiety. It clearly explains—in an engaging story format—the steps parents and children can take to overcome such anxieties and to lead a worry-free life. This is a practical ‘what-to-do’ book that will benefit many parents and their children. It is a book that will be welcome not only by parents but by clinicians who are looking for such materials to provide families.”
—Thomas H. Ollendick, PhD, Director Child Study Center, Virginia Tech