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The Panicosaurus : Managing Anxiety in Children Including Those with Asperger Syndrome
Al-Ghani, K.I. | Illustrated by Haitham Al-Ghani
Jessica Kingsley / Hardcover / 2012-12-01 / 1849053561
Children's Books / Autism Spectrum
price: $22.95
56 pages
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Have you ever felt a sense of dread and worry creeping over you?

That might be the Panicosaurus coming out to play…

Sometimes the Panicosaurus tricks Mabel's brain into panicking about certain challenges, such as walking past a big dog on the street or when her favourite teacher is not at school. With the help of Smartosaurus, who lets her know there is really nothing to be afraid of, Mabel discovers different ways to manage Panicosaurus, and defeat the challenges he creates for her.

This fun, easy-to-read and fully illustrated storybook will inspire children who experience anxiety, and encourage them to banish their own Panicosauruses with help from Mabel's strategies. Parents and carers will like the helpful introduction, explaining anxiety in children, and the list of techniques for lessening anxiety at the end of the book.

Reviews and Endorsements:

“The Panicosaurus is a delightful book which cleverly explains to children how the brain works to produce anxiety and ways they can manage and take control of their own level of anxiety. The illustrations are great and the storyline and simple analogies used to explain the parts of the brain vying for control of the body are wonderfully suited to the level of young children with Asperger's syndrome. I read this with my six-year-old once and she is already far less afraid of the dark based on her newfound understanding of how the Panicosaurus in her brain works to make her anxious and how she can fight back.”
-Hunter Manasco, Assistant Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Misericordia University, Pennsylvania and author of An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch: Teaching Social and Physical Boundaries to Kids

“This book is masterful in its simplicity. It approached the experience of anxiety and its eventual undoing in such a heartfelt, practical and concrete manner that parents and their children will read it and find a cast of characters they will consider their new best friends. Truly wonderful.”
- Brian R. King, clinical social worker, consultant on the autism spectrum and author of Strategies for Building Successful Relationships with People on the Autism Spectrum: Let's Relate


About the Author:

K. I. Al-Ghani is a special educational needs teacher who has worked for more than 35 years in the field of education. She is currently a specialist teacher for inclusion support and is involved with training professionals, students and parents in aspects of ASD. As an author and a mother of a son with ASD, she has spent the last 25 years researching the enigma that is autism.

The Illustrator:

Haitham Al-Ghani is 23 years of age. He earned a triple distinction in multimedia studies and was the 2007 winner of the Vincent Lines Award for creative excellence at Hastings College of Arts and Technology. He is an author and illustrator and lives in Hastings, England.


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