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Helping Children Conquer the OCD "Worry Hill"

A Child-Friendly Approach to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Aureen Pinto Wagner • 5/14/2019

By Aureen Pinto Wagner - While CBT is widely considered the treatment of choice for children with OCD, effectiveness is contingent on overcoming a formidable obstacle: children's reluctance to engage in exposure therapy because they think that facing their fears without performing rituals will be too scary and impossible. Here's a fun yet effective approach that tackles this problem.

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Customizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the OCD Child

Helping Children Acclimate to Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

Aureen Pinto Wagner • 5/19/2015


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The Worry Hill - A Child-friendly Approach to OCD

Aureen Pinto Wagner • 5/1/2008

Therapists helping children confront OCD face a formidable obstacle: helping their young clients get beyond their immediate terror in the hope of reaping long-term benefits.

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Helping Children Conquer the OCD "Worry Hill"

A Child-Friendly Approach to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Aureen Pinto Wagner • 5/14/2019

By Aureen Pinto Wagner - While CBT is widely considered the treatment of choice for children with OCD, effectiveness is contingent on overcoming a formidable obstacle: children's reluctance to engage in exposure therapy because they think that facing their fears without performing rituals will be too scary and impossible. Here's a fun yet effective approach that tackles this problem.

Daily Blog

Customizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the OCD Child

Helping Children Acclimate to Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy

Aureen Pinto Wagner • 5/19/2015


Daily Blog
Page 1 of 1 (2 Items)

Case Studies

The Worry Hill - A Child-friendly Approach to OCD

Aureen Pinto Wagner • 5/1/2008

Therapists helping children confront OCD face a formidable obstacle: helping their young clients get beyond their immediate terror in the hope of reaping long-term benefits.

Magazine Article
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Aureen Pinto Wagner, Ph.D., is clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She specializes in CBT for anxiety in children and adolescents. She's the author of several books and professional resources, including the children's book Up and Down the Worry Hill; Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children; and Treatment of OCD in Children and Adolescents: Professional's Kit. She provides in-depth CBT training workshops for professionals.