The Taming Sneaky Fears Program: How to Climb Bravery Ladders and How to Manage Excessive Worries

  • Suneeta MongaEmail author
  • Diane Benoit


This chapter describes how the Taming Sneaky Fears program explains to four- to seven-year-old children and their parents the abstract concept of progressive desensitization or gradual exposure (i.e., How to Climb Bravery Ladders to overcome fears). The concept is discussed with parents in one parent session (P-Session 3) and reviewed extensively in subsequent parent sessions while it is described to the children in two child sessions (C-Sessions 6 and 7). The chapter proposes specific adaptations for selective mutism and social anxiety disorder and emphasizes the usefulness of Bravery Ladders when working with young children with these disorders. The chapter also reviews the approach presented to parents (P-Session 3) on the management of excessive worries in young children.


Teaching preschoolers to challenge fears Managing fears in preschoolers Bravery ladders How to climb bravery ladders progressive desensitization gradual exposure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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