Attention Training for Child Anxiety and Its Disorders: Moving from Research to Clinical Implementation

Marissa M. Falcone, Yair Bar-Haim, Eli R. Lebowitz, Wendy K. Silverman, Jeremy W. Pettit*

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Abstract

Attention training is an evidence-based, computerized treatment for anxiety and its disorders rooted in cognitive neuroscience. Though experimental research and clinical trials data on attention training in children span two decades, the literature has focused on attention training’s anxiety reduction effects, with little guidance on its implementation in clinical practice. Guidance on implementation is needed given recent efforts to increase accessibility of attention training in clinical practice settings. In this article, we move from research to clinical implementation, providing guidelines with pragmatic clinical steps. We include guidance on psychoeducation, setting and delivery of sessions, potential challenges, and frequently asked questions regarding implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-560
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Child and Family Psychology Review
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2024

Keywords

  • Attention bias modification
  • Attention training
  • Child anxiety
  • Clinical practice

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