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Wendy L. Moss, PhD, ABPP, FAASP, has her doctorate in clinical psychology, is a licensed psychologist, and has a certification in school psychology. Dr. Moss has practiced in the field of psychology for over 30 years and has worked in hospital, residential, private practice, clinic, and school settings. She has the distinction of being recognized as a diplomate in school psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology for her advanced level of competence in the field of school psychology. Dr. Moss has been appointed as a fellow in the American Academy of School Psychology. In addition, she is the author of several books and articles including Being Me: A Kid's Guide to Boosting Confidence and Self-Esteem and Children Don't Come With an Instruction Manual: A Teacher's Guide to Problems That Affect Learners.


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association YA Award, Top Forty Non-Fiction

Gelett Burgess Children's Book Honor Winner

Mom's Choice Awards, Gold Medal

"A psychologist and 25-year veteran in her field, Moss encourages her young audience to concentrate on two areas: focusing on inner self-esteem and building social confidence. Through procedure and practice--for instance, writing out strengths and weaknesses, role-playing scenarios, writing dialogue for impending social situations, and including family members and friends for support--Moss reminds kids that real confidence doesn't come from being the smartest, prettiest, or the most popular one in the room but from the comfort one has with him- or herself."--Booklist

"This confidence-boosting read gives kids real-life lessons on how to get through the tough stuff of childhood."--Scholastic Parent & Child

"How we wish we had this wisdom when our crush Scottie told us we looked like a rutabaga."--Anxiety Free Child

"Dr. Moss's kid friendly book provides strategies aimed at learning to like who you are and how to deal with everyday 'growing-up' issues. Topics ranging from getting through "tough stuff" and meeting new kids, to asserting yourself to adults are presented in short attention-grabbing segments. Kids and parents alike can use this guide to help navigate the stormy waters of growing up."--Jane McNally, Springfield Township Middle School

"Dr. Moss has written a wonderful as well as pragmatic book about discovering one's self. Often childhood and adolescence is a difficult road to navigate. Being Me is a great roadmap in which one can build confidence, self esteem, as well as increase essential coping mechanisms needed to manage these tumultuous years. Dr. Moss has filled the book with stories from kids, letting the reader connect their feelings with those in the book, allowing their experiences to be validated. In the 'feature box, ' children and teens have a wealth of practical tools to add to their repertoire to be taken out and used when they need it the most. I wish I had a book like this when I was a 'tween.'"--Robin Deluca-Acconi, LCSW, Social Worker

"Teachers, as an essential part of the educational process, ask students to expand their comfort zones. The development of confidence plays a critical role in a student's willingness to take intellectual and social risks. In Being Me, Dr Wendy Moss demonstrates a unique ability to speak to children and parents in a nurturing conversational voice about developing self confidence. The simple strategies, practical advice and relevant examples provided in this book make it a valuable tool for parents, teachers and especially students. I will certainly keep a copy on my desk."--Terri Craco, Elementary Classroom Teacher"In her book, Being Me, Dr. Moss uses a clear, concise and straightforward approach in addressing the very complex issues of growing up. Dr. Moss has a positive and thoughtful way of speaking to the reader in this easy to follow self-help book that children, teachers and parents will find valuable both in the classroom and at home. Being Me is the type of book that will not gather dust on the shelf; it will be referred to time and time again when addressing the concerns of low self-esteem in children."--Penelope M. Kelley, Youth Services Librarian and mother of three

"Youngsters who read Being Me will be empowered because they are learning ways to take responsibility for their emotions in an age-appropriate manner. Questions are used to prompt youngsters to think about resources and possible solutions. A wide array of children's issues is covered and many practical strategies are provided. This book does not talk down to kids, and will be welcomed by those motivated to read a self-help book. Moreover, this book can serve multiple purposes in that it may also be a resource book for parents and school professionals who may be grappling with how to address particular concerns with a child."--Rosemary Flanagan, PhD, ABPP, Associate Professor, Touro College

"Being Me is an extremely valuable resource for children and young teens, since it offers specific tips and clear examples regarding how to build confidence and self-esteem. Teenagers, children, and even parents, can learn important strategies from this information-packed, kid-friendly book!"--Donald A. Moses, MD Psychiatrist

"Dr. Moss has created an engaging, matter-of-fact road map on how kids can deal with the social travails encountered in growing up. This book will serve as a valuable resource that can be used over and over again to coach children on how to proactively develop their confidence levels and social skills. I also recommend it as a valuable resource for teachers who negotiate these waters on a daily basis with their classes."--Judith A. Wilansky, EdD Superintendent of Schools Cold Spring Harbor Central School District

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