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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Renee Mehlinger, MEd, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a book about development from infancy to middle childhood. It is arranged into two basic sections: the contexts of development and the course of child development. There is a reference section and an index.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a foundation for practitioners who work with children by describing child development and how it can be applied to practice with children. The author meets the objectives through the presentation of theories of child development, assessment techniques, case examples, and interview strategies.
Audience: Written for practitioners who work with children, this book is a practical and theoretical guide that would benefit students and professionals in education, social work, and the mental health field. The integration of theoretical and real life applications make it a useful tool for teaching child development to pediatric and child psychiatry residents.
Features: A clear, concise, and well developed table of contents, a current reference section, and thorough index provide a well organized and thoughtful method for learning, integrating, and understanding the material. The organization also aids in the use of the book as a quick reference guide. The use of real children as case examples to illustrate developmental concepts enhances the overall quality that reinforces the learning process and consolidates theoretical information.
Assessment: This guide presents a useful, cogent, practical approach to understanding the complexities of development from infancy through childhood. The integration of theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge provides a framework through which the interplay of family, environment, and the resiliency of the individual child can be understood.