Our expert says:
Such conditions usually respond very well indeed, and rather rapidly, to CBT ( formerly one would have advised Behaviour Therapy, but now CBT contains those benefits and adds the cognitive - thinking - component ). Now, neither CBT nor any other form of therapy has been shown to be effective in children as young as 4, but a skilled chils psychologist should be able to devise a similar method that is age-appropriate, helping her to learn to relax and feel calm, and to get used to feeling calm while viewing toy dogs and cats, talking about them, and so on.
SHe should be sen by a child shrink for a full assessment, and a disussion of treatment options
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