Recommended Reading and Materials for Understanding and Management of Anxiety in Children and Young Adults


A “5” Could Make Me Lose Control! An Activity-Based Method for Evaluating and Supporting Highly Anxious Students, by Kari Dunn Buron

Hands-on activity (interactive cards) helps students who are highly anxious cope with their stress by classifying social and emotional information and analyzing how best to act


A 5 is Against the Law! Social Boundaries: Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults, by Kari Dunn Buron

Examines behaviors that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries/  How to cope with anxiety before it begins to escalate and lead to impulsive or unacceptable behavior


Asperger Syndrome and Anxiety: A Guide to Successful Stress Management, by Nick Dubin

First book on anxiety written specifically for adults with Asperger Syndrome/ Practical advice on how individuals with AS can manage their anxiety more effectively


Exploring Feelings: Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Manage Anxiety, by Tony Attwood

Recognizing connections between thinking and feeling and identifying the physiological effects of anxiety on the body (sweating, increased heart rate, crying, etc.)/Guide for caregivers and workbook section for children to identify situations that make them anxious and learn how to perceive the situation differently


Meet Thotso, Your Thought Maker, by Rachel Robb Avery, Ph.D. 

30-page board book with interactive devices on almost every page/ Introduces Thotso the Brain and Thotso’s thinking patterns that build a child’s resiliency and self-esteem through positive thinking skills


The Anxiety Cure for Kids: A Guide for Parents and Children, by Elizabeth DuPont Spencer, M.S.W., Robert L. DuPont, M.D., and Caroline M. DuPont, M.D.

Practical guide for helping your child deal with anxiety


The CAT-Kit: Cognitive Affective Training: New Program for Improving Communication!, by Dr. Tony Attwood, Dr. Kirsten Callesen and Dr. Annette Moller Nielson

Program of visual, interactive and customizable communication elements for children and young adults designed to help students become aware of how their thoughts, feeling and actions interact and share their insights with others


The Incredible 5-Point Scale/Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses, by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis

5-point scale helps students understand and control their emotional reactions to everyday events/ Teaches student how to break down a given behavior and, with the student’s active participation, develop a scale that identifies the problem and suggests alternative, positive behaviors at each level of the scale


When My Worries Get Too Big! A Relaxation Book for Children Who Live with Anxiety, by Kari Dunn Buron

Illustrated book that gives young children an opportunity to explore their own feelings with parents or teachers as they react to events in their daily lives and to participate in developing their own self-calming strategies