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Building a Village of Support With New Children's Book

Teaching Empathy by Helping Kids With Anxiety (May 03, 2012)

MILTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 05/03/12 --

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Diagnosed with social anxiety disorder at a young age, Darlene Wierski-Devoe's daughter thrived in supportive environments yet was crippled otherwise. This scenario mimicked Wierski-Devoe's own childhood. In an effort to help engage awareness of this debilitating disorder "Just Like You" was born.

What does anxiety feel like? "Every day is spent in fight-or-flight moments. But while others see this as insular behavior, inside all an anxious child wants is to play with other kids and to be included," says Wierski-Devoe.

In 2008, Wierski-Devoe started blogging at, and using social media to connect with other parents of socially anxious children - as far away as China and Brazil!

Writing Just Like You is part of a project to help children with what Wierski-Devoe calls "invisible needs" by educating their classmates to surround them with a village of support. Just Like You (illustrated by Sharon Pickering and released May 7 to coincide with Mental Health Week), is told from the perspective of a young girl struggling with "the anxiety monster".

Wierski-Devoe says, "The purpose of the book is to teach children and adults alike not to give up on these kids; to keep asking them to play, or to join in, or to be a friend."

Author Darlene Wierski-Devoe is available for interviews at: Telephone: (905) 875-4316 Email: She discusses her experiences with social anxiety disorder at the following: Blog: The Raising Socially Anxious Children Blog Facebook group: Parents Raising Children With Social Anxiety Disorder Twitter: @socialanxiety Website:

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