This is a podcast for parents for who have an anxious child. Practical suggestions are given to help with a wide range of situations in which anxiety can interfere with a child's life
Crushing OCD: Workbook for Kids: Author interview with Natasha Daniels
29:03It was a pleasure to have Natasha Daniels as a return guest on this podcast to talk about her new book Crushing OCD: Workbook Kids. This book is going to be an excellent resource for families and therapists trying to help children with OCD. One of strengths of this book is that it lays out in very digestible units the sequence of steps needed in order to "crush OCD". It is also no small feat the language in this book is very child friendly but always respectful. https://hillchildcounseling.com/ https://atparentingsurvivalschool.com/p/difficult-behaviors
Parents as anxiety exposure coaches: Expert Interview with Stephen Whiteside, PhD
48:12Stephen P. H. Whiteside, PhD is a clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and Director of the Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Prgram at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. His new book will be out in April in which he outlines parent-coached exposure therapy. Unlike other therapy experiences, where children meet alone with a therapist, Dr Whiteside focuses on teaching parents how to help children work on their anxiety or OCD at home. In this interview we talk about his approach to treating anxiety disorders and some of the challenges in treating all anxiety disorders.
Selective Mutism: Interview with Aimee Kotrba, Ph.D
43:23I had the opportunity to talk with Aimee Kotrba, PhD on the occasion of the release of the second edition of Selective Mutism: An Assessment and Intervention Guide for Therapists, Educators and Parents co-authored with Katelyn Reed, M.S. She is an international expert on the topic of selective mutism and I have used her material frequently with children struggling with selective mutism. Listen to this informative and fun talk with Aimee Kotrba, PhD. Dr Aimee Kotrba, is the owner of Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Clinic in Michigan and directs a camp for children with selective mutism Confident Kids Camp For more information about Dr Kotrba and to access her webnairs and other material https://www.thrivingmindsbehavioralhealth.com/
Autonomy-Supportive Parenting. Interview with Emily Edlynn, PhD
50:06Emily Edlynn, PhD is a clinical psychologist who has just published Autonomy-Supportive Parenting: Reduce Parental Burnout & Raise Competent, Confident Children. As Emily Edlynn explains "This book gives parents a roadmap to move away from hovering and over-helping (burning us out and undermining our kids competence and confidence) to raising self-sufficent children ready for the world. We can all shift from "full service" to "self-service" in our homes by focusing on three fundamental human needs: autonomy, relatedness and competence." In this interview, Emily illustrates how we can move away from more fear based parenting which tends to be very controlling and contributes to anxiety in children to parenting that fosters competence and a sense of agency. https://www.emilyedlynnphd.com/ She is also co-host on the podcast Psychologist off the clock and check out her interview with Jennifer Wallace author of Never Enough: When Achievemnt Culture Becomes Toxic-And What we Can do About it. This book nicely compliments Autonomy-Supportive Parenting https://offtheclockpsych.com/toxic-achievement-culture-with-jennifer-wallace/
Hair pulling and skin picking. Interview with Suzanne Mouton-Odum and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb
55:22In this episode, I talk with Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb about their recent book with Charles S Mansueto. These authors have done some of most important work in developing effective treatment for BFRBs. We discuss the key elements ComB model for the treatment of hair pulling and skin picking. Since sensory issues are often very important in the treatment of BFRB, we also talk about Suzanne Mouton-Odum and Ruth Golomb other books on sensory dysregulation. Helping Your Child with Sensory Regulation: Skill to Manage the Emotional and Behavioral Components of Your Child's Sensory Processing Challenges by Suzanne Mouton-Odum and Ruth Goldfinger Golomb Psychological Interventions for Children with Sensory Dysregulation by Ruth Goldfinger Golomb and Suzanne Mouton-Odum Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC can be found at http://www.behaviortherapycenter.com/new-page-2 Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD can be found at https://psychologyhoustonpc.com/.
Mommy Brain: Discover the amazing power of the maternal brain-Interview with Jodi Pawluski, Ph.D
51:06The brain changes that happen as a result of pregnancy is a fascinating topic. Dr Pawluski is one of the leading authorities on this topic. We talk about her book Mommy Brain in which she discusses how the brain changes as a result of pregnancy and how the transition to parenthood does not get the recognition that it deserves. She also sets the record straight about what actually happens to a mother's memory during pregnancy. Most importantly she highlights the amazing ways the brain adapts to the task of having a child. Jodi Pawluski, PhD is a neuroscientist who specializes in the neuroscience of motherhood and perinatal mental illness. She has a podcast Mommy Brain Revisited in which she talks to leading scientists and others about the latest thinking and research on the changes in the maternal brain as a result of pregnancy. https://www.jodipawluski.com/mommybrainrevisited/episode/3735c11f/43-attachment-and-neural-synchrony Her website where you can also information about Dr Pawluski's webinars for parents https://www.jodipawluski.com/about And her book which is available in English and French
Autism and Anxiety. Interview with Donna Henderson, PsyD author of Is This Autism: A Guide for Clinicans and Everyone Else
53:48https://www.drdonnahenderson.com/ In this interview I talk with Donna Henderson about autism and anxiety. Dr Henderson and Sarah Wayland with Jamell White have written two books about autism: Is This Autism: A Guide for Clinicans and Everyone Else and Is This Autism: A Companion Guide for Diagnosing. Dr Henderson talks about how understanding some of the nonobvious ways in which autism can present itself and the unique features of anxiety in this population.
Treating Childhood Anxiety with Mega-Dose of Independence: Interview with Camilo Ortiz
40:28Camilo Ortiz is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the director of clinical training at Long Island University-Post as well as maintaining a private practice. Dr Ortiz is developing a novel approach to treating childhood anxiety by providing children with opportunties to practice being independent. Everyday acts of doing things independent of adults essentially exercise the same psychological muscles that a child need to deal with anxiety. His approach has the potential to be a promising addition and at times an alternative to traditional exposure based therapy for anxiety. This approach has an accessible simplicity and leverages children natural wish to be independent and competent. His Website is http://drcamiloortiz.com https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/04/opinion/anxiety-depression-teens.html https://profectusmag.com/treating-childhood-anxiety-with-a-mega-dose-of-independence/ https://letgrow.org/program/the-let-grow-project/
How Neuroscience is Rewriting the Story of Parenthood: Interview with Chelsea Conaboy
54:27Chelsea Conaboy is a journalist specializing in personal and public health. Her recent book, Mother Brain, is now available in paperback. Her book is a thoughtful and well researched discussion of the emerging neuroscience about the brain changes that occur as a result of becoming a parent. In addition, she offers an incise critique about the concept of "Maternal Instinct" and how it is fundamentally flawed and inaccurate.https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/26/opinion/sunday/maternal-instinct-myth.html This is a major developmental period and transition which is actually similar in magnitude to the changes that occur in adolescence. However, this sensitive developmental transition has not received the attention and recognition that truly deserves. Chelsea Conaboy has corrected this imbalance with her highly readable and thoughtful book
Why do we like to watch scary movies? Interview with Mathias Clasen and Marc Malmdorf Andersen
53:16https://cc.au.dk/en/recreational-fear-lab The question of why we would be drawn to movies and other material such as haunted houses is what Mathias Clasen and Marc Andersen investigate at the Recreational Fear Lab at Aarhus University. The negative effects of children watching movies that are inappropriate for their age has received substantial attention. However, Clasen and Andersen note how all ages are drawn in different ways to scary material, and in their work they demonstrate some of benefits of this exposure. Among other things it can help us learn how to manage our fears and bring us closer together. In this interview we talk about "the threat simulation theory of horror movies" and importantly how horror movies represent one end of a continuum in which we seek to explore fear and other emotions. They point that even in nursery or preschools books, such as We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury explore what it is like to be afraid. These safe explorations are one way in which we learn to manages anxious feelings.