Home Visitor's Guidebook: Promoting Optimal Parent and Child Development / Edition 3

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Pioneering expert Carol Klass was first to develop a home visiting primer readers could trust—and now she's updated her bestselling Home Visitor's Guidebook for the next generation of practitioners. The ultimate professional development resource for early interventionists, social workers, therapists, and other home visitors, this research-based guidebook is enhanced throughout with up-to-date references and new material on today's hot topics.

Readers will learn the basics of effective home visiting: building trust with families, communicating effectively, maintaining boundaries, working with families experiencing risk factors, and integrating professional beliefs with families' cultural beliefs. Then, with the in-depth child development information and practical guidelines, home visitors will help parents

  • encourage children's healthy social and emotional development
  • provide developmentally appropriate guidance and discipline
  • enhance children's communication and language skills
  • use play to promote learning and development
  • strengthen family connections thorough everyday rituals and celebrations
  • foster positive sibling relationships

Throughout the book, veteran home visitors model skillful and positive interactions with families, reflect candidly on their successes and challenges, and give readers invaluable advice on creating a support network and learning new strategies through professional development.

New to this edition is information on today's hot topics including assessment and evaluation; the role of grandparents; childhood illness, including dental disease, nutritional deficiencies, obesity, asthma and allergies, and lead poisoning; achievement motivation; moral identity; and the secure child.

With this must-have guidebook from the voice of experience on effective home visiting, professionals will get parents engaged and actively involved in their child's development-and approach their important work with renewed passion and creativity.

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Editorial Reviews

Sarah Landy

"Whether readers are new or experienced in the role of home visitor, this book provides essential information . . . an invaluable resource that can continually be referred to."
Washington Hospital Teen Outreach program, Pennsylvania - Karen McFedries
"I am amazed by the inspiration that I got from Dr. Klass. It is clear that she has an abundance of expertise on the topic of home visits."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557669032
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 586,438
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

In her long career, Dr. Klass has taught college, worked as an early intervention specialist and mental health consultant, and served as a field-based mentor of early educators. She has designed and directed two early intervention programs for high-needs young children, and three professional development programs for early childhood educators.

Dr. Klass has used ethnographic action research to improve her own practice and the practice of the early educators with whom she has worked.

Her books include The Autonomous Child: Day Care and the Transmission of Values (Falmer Press, 1986) and The Child Care Provider: Promoting Young Children’s Development (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1999).

Her works in progress include a book of oral narratives of early childhood educators and a book for parents. Dr. Klass provides training seminars and keynotes and teaches as an adjunct professor. She is a sunrise walker, gardener, and mother of two grown sons, and she always knows the phase of the moon.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Jeree H. Pawl
Preface to the Second Edition

Overview of Topics

I. Home Visiting: The Basics

1. The Parent–Home Visitor Relationship Cultural Sensitivity and Recognition
Bilingual Families
Forming the Parent–Home Visitor Relationship
Progression of the Parent–Home Visitor Relationship
Establishing Reciprocal, Positive Feelings Between Parents and Home Visitors: A Personal Relationship
Shared Delight in the Child
Working with Pregnant Mothers and Their Families
Home Visitors' Relationship with Teen Parents
Mothers and Childbearing Daughters
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 2. The Home Visitor's Approach Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 3. The Home Visitor's Professional Development Education
Peer Mentoring: A Program Example
Assessment and Evaluation
Difficulties and Dilemmas

II. Promoting Healthy Parent and Child Development

4. Developing a Sense of Self: The Foundation of Social and Emotional Development Neurophysiology
Developing the Body Self: Birth to 6 Months
The Autonomous Self: 7–18 Months
The Social Self: 19 Months to 3 Years
The Narrative Self: 3–5 Years
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 5. Guidance and Discipline Guidance and Discipline
A Developmental Approach
Early Infancy: Birth to 8 Months
Late Infancy: 8–17 Months
Toddlerhood: 18 Months to 3 Years
Later Toddlerhood: 3–5 Years
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 6. Communication and Language Communication and Language
Prespeech: Birth to 10 Months
Emergence of First Words and Jargon: 10–15 Months
Word Combinations: 16 Months to 2 Years
Telling Stories: 2–5 Years
Emerging Literacy
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 7. Play, Learning, and Development Birth to 12 Months
12–30 Months
30 Months to 5 Years
Electronic Play
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 8. Everyday Rituals and Celebrations Patterns of Mutuality
Family Celebrations and Traditions
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 9. Children's Illnesses Caregiving as a Social Experience
Illnesses and Medical Conditions
Developmental Importance of Illness
Serious Illness
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 10. Siblings New Children
Parent Expectations and Comparisons
Valuing Different Children
Sibling Relationships
Large Families
Only Children
Balancing the Home Visitor's Interactions
Difficulties and Dilemmas
Conclusion 11. The Psychologically Vulnerable Family Marital/Partnership Discord and Divorce
Mental Illness
Substance Abuse
Domestic and Community Violence
The Resilient Child
ConclusionIII. Person and Profession

12. Personal History—Professional Competence

Childhood Pain to Professional Competence


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