- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 18, 2001

Books

"The Shy Child: Helping Children Triumph Over Shyness," by Ward K. Swallow, Ph.D., Warner Books, 2000. This book walks parents through shyness at different stages of a child's life and suggests ways to cope with situations.
"Shyness: A Bold New Approach," by Bernardo J. Carducci, Ph.D., HarperCollins, 2000. In this book, a shyness researcher explains ways to help overcome shyness.
"Shy Children, Phobic Adults: Nature and Treatment of Social Phobias," by Deborah C. Beidel and Samuel M. Turner, American Psychological Association, 1997. The authors, now University of Maryland professors, explain the difference between shyness and the anxiety disorder known as social phobia.
"Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties," by Jonathan Berent, Fireside Books, 1993. In this book, a social worker helps children and adults cope.
"How Kids Make Friends: Secrets for Making Lots of Friends, No Matter How Shy You Are," by Lonnie Michelle, Freedom Publishing, 1997.

Associations

American Psychological Association, 750 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. Phone: 202/336-5500. Web site: www.apa.org. This professional association has psychological referrals as well as fact sheets and research on shyness.

On line

At www.Shykids.com, a Web site started by the mother of two shy children, parents can get tips on helping their children and teens connect with others with the same concerns.
Expert opinions and bulletin boards for the parents of shy children can be found at the following general parenting sites: Babycenter Inc. (www.babycenter.com), IVillage's Parentsplace (www.parentsplace.com) and IVillage's ParentSoup (www.parentsoup.com).


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