When Your Child Needs Help: A Parent's Guide to Therapy for Children

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One of America's top child psychologists provides reassuring advice for parents whose children are experiencing emotional or developmental problems. Here is the essential guide for every parent who is struggling to distinguish typical growing pains from more serious problems.
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Overview

One of America's top child psychologists provides reassuring advice for parents whose children are experiencing emotional or developmental problems. Here is the essential guide for every parent who is struggling to distinguish typical growing pains from more serious problems.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Children face many challenges on the path from infancy to adulthood, and sometimes these prove to be more than they can cope with. When this happens, a parent may have to make the difficult decision to seek professional help. Collaborating with New York freelancer Aria, Doft, a child psychologist, provides valuable guidelines for parents to use in determining whether a child is feeling unduly harsh growing pains, and when professional intervention is needed. She suggests how to choose the therapist best suited to the needs of a young patient. And she mentions many examples from her own experience to illustrate not only what a child is likely to experience in therapy, but what a parent's role should be. Doft devotes a lot of attention to the contributions of parents to successful therapy: where they should bolster the work being done, and how they can cope with concomitant problems of their own. Finally, she discusses progress, regression and terminating therapy. Recognizing that a child needs emotional help may be a wrenching step to take, but Doft's book will reassure parents who must take it. Feb.
Library Journal
Doft, a child psychologist with a practice in New York, offers a comprehensive guide for those concerned about a child's emotional growth. The first two chapters deal with the difficult question of whether a child is having normal ``growing pains,'' or is in need of outside help. Doft describes the therapy process for both child and parent, and explains how to evaluate the child's treatment. Both the tone and language of the text are clear and professional. Doft strongly believes that a parent is key to a child's success in therapy and should be part of the treatment team. Many parents faced with the need to find help for their children lack experience with therapy, and Doft inspires confidence and understanding through her explanations and case examples. Highly recommended for parenting collections.-- Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780517881699
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/29/1994
  • Edition description: 1st paperback ed
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 1,120,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Does My Child Need Help? 1
The Dilemma
Understanding Child Development
Growing Pains--Normal
Snags in Development
A Cry For Help? Knowing the Signs
Typical Childhood Problems
Children to Watch
2 The Consultation: Finding a Good Fit 50
The First Parent Visit
The Child Visits
The Second Parent Visit
The One-Time Preventative Consultation
3 A Look Through the Window: Play Therapy 74
What Is Play Therapy?
Why Play?
How Children Use Play for Emotional Health
Play in Therapy
What Goes On in the Therapy Room?
How the Therapist Hopes to Help the Child
Developing Self-Esteem
4 Parent-Work 118
What Is Parent-Work?
What Forms Can Parent-Work Take?
How Can the Child Therapist Help Parents Deal With Troublesome Feelings?
How Parent-Work Helps You to Help Your Child
Making the Most of Parent Sessions
Parents' Rights and Responsibilities
5 Progress, Regress, and Good-Byes 159
The Phases of Treatment
Regression--Two Steps Forward, One Step Rack
Evaluating Your Child's Progress
Saying Good-Bye
6 Parents Speak 185
Appendix A: Shopping for Therapy 205
Appendix B: Other Forms of Therapy 211
Index 217
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