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2015 TAGT Legacy Book Award Recipient

The fear of being judged by others in social activities is a universal human experience, especially during childhood. But when the fear becomes all-consuming, it can disrupt daily functioning and the development of social competency. Raising the Shy Child takes a fresh look at social anxiety disorder, coupling the latest in research trends with evidence-based strategies and real-world stories to untangle the complexities of this disorder. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses a combination of real-world examples and stories from adults and children with social anxiety disorder to show parents and educators how to help children find a path through their fear and into social competence.




"Addressing the parents of children with social anxiety disorder (SAD), Fonseca (Quiet Kids) provides a well-organized, powerful collection of strategies drawn from the current literature and her experience as a school psychologist. Parents who have seen educators minimize their child's struggles as normal shyness, felt herded into one-size-fits-all solutions, or struggled to comprehend apparently nonsensical behavior from bright children will find this comprehensive resource grounding and practical." -

Starred Review,
Publisher's Weekly

"Created for parents and educators as well as those suffering from any form of social anxiety disorder, or SAD, school psychologist Christine Fonseca’s Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety is a comprehensive, interactive handbook designed to provide a bridge between research, clinical practice, and application.”

5 star review,
Foreword Reviews

"Impressively well written, organized and presented, “Raising The Shy Child” is thoroughly ‘parent friendly,' informed and informative, making it an exceptional and highly recommended addition to community and academic library Parenting Studies reference collections."

Midwest Book Review