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Nurturing the Shy Child

Practical Help for Raising Confident and Socially Skilled Kids and Teens

Barbara G. Markway, Ph.D., and Gregory P. Markway, Ph.D.

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 0312329784
ISBN13: 9780312329785

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240 Pages



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Nurturing the Shy Child provides parents, teachers, guidance counselors and other concerned adults with the latest information and practical tools that they need to help shy and socially anxious kids. This book covers the entire shy spectrum—from shyness in only certain situations to social anxiety disorder—and provides proven methods adults can use to ease the child's discomfort, tailored to specific ages and levels of anxiety.

Unlike other books on shyness, Nurturing the Shy Child also offers much needed information on problems that can go along with shyness and social anxiety, including depression, school anxiety, separation anxiety, excessive worry, selective mutism, and more.

Written by psychologists Barbara and Gregory Markway, respected experts in the field, this book's sensible and reassuring tone goes a long way toward preventing needless suffering in children and offers their parents some long—overdue hope.


Praise for Nurturing the Shy Child

"I have been waiting for a book like this to be written. The special needs of shy children have been ignored for too long. The Markways share their tremendous understanding of childhood social anxiety, and have given us a gem of a book that every parent, teacher, pediatrician, and family friend of a shy child should read."—Murray B. Stein MD, MPH, co-author of Triumph over Shyness: Overcoming Shyness & Social Anxiety

"The Markways understand that some children are just shy while many others experience the impairment of social anxiety, selective mutism and/or school refusal. They've created a practical guide for parents to help all such children to 'be all they can be.'"—Christine Stanley, Executive Director, Selective Mutism Group—Childhood Anxiety Network

"This book should be required reading for all who work with shy children. Teachers will gain sensitivity toward the children and many techniques on how to better work with and support the children and their families. I wish this book had been available when I directed an early childhood program."—Kathy R Thornburg Ph.D, Director of the Center for Family Policy & Research, University of Missouri

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Nurturing the Shy Child

How Shy Is Too Shy?
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About the author

Barbara G. Markway, Ph.D., and Gregory P. Markway, Ph.D.

Barbara G. Markway, Ph.D. and Gregory P. Markway, Ph.D. are psychologists and coauthors of Painfully Shy and Nurturing the Shy Child. Both nationally-recognized experts, they appeared in the award-winning documentary Afraid of People.

Barbara has appeared on Good Morning America and been featured in The New York Times, Prevention, and Shape, among others. She directs The Anxiety & Stress Management Center of Mid-Missouri.

Gregory has been featured in national magazines such as Health, Men's Health, and Bottom Line Personal. He practices in Jefferson City and was previously an adjunct faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine.

Barbara Markway

Gregory Markway