Your Child: Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Development from Birth through Preadolescence

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What does a typical three-year-old feel and think about? What can you anticipate from your six-year-old as he begins school, or if there is a death in the family? How will your ten-year-old respond to the news that her parents are divorcing? What does it mean that your eight-year-old seems to lie regularly?

By describing the developmental milestones of childhood, discussing specific questions and concerns and examining more troublesome problems, this invaluable book is designed ...

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Overview

What does a typical three-year-old feel and think about? What can you anticipate from your six-year-old as he begins school, or if there is a death in the family? How will your ten-year-old respond to the news that her parents are divorcing? What does it mean that your eight-year-old seems to lie regularly?

By describing the developmental milestones of childhood, discussing specific questions and concerns and examining more troublesome problems, this invaluable book is designed to provide guidance for your day-to-day interactions with your child. It covers a range of practical issues, from choosing your baby's doctor to dealing with sleep problems, from bolstering a child's self-esteem to helping a child manage school difficulties, from selecting age-appropriate toys to helping your child cope with divorce, death, or other circumstances disrupting family life.

Your Child also moves beyond the day-to-day quandaries and concerns to those that represent more serious obstacles to a child's development and family life. The latter sections of the book provide extensive discussion of the developmental problems that usually require professional intervention, including emotional disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, persistent sleep difficulties, and psychotic disorders. The information provided in these sections will help you to recognize and understand these serious disorders and offers practical advice and useful information to guide you through the who, where, when, and why of getting help for your child.

Written by members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the leading national association of physicians dedicated to the healthy mental development of children and adolescents, Your Child is the only reference to offer comprehensive and accessible information for parents on the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive development of children from infancy through the preadolescent years. No other book offers such thorough information on:

  • Understanding your child's developmental achievements in the day-to-day challenges of growing up
  • Determining when your child's behavior is normal and when it's a signal for professional help
  • Getting help for your child—including practical and reassuring advice on the many aspects of mental health treatment and the professions involved

"...comprehensive information, from choosing your baby's doctor to dealing with sleep problems, from helping a child develop self-esteem to discerning when certain behaviors call for professional help--and how to find it."

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Editorial Reviews

Parenting
A straightforward and trustworthy guide.
Fred Rogers
Your Child is a remarkable effort of members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry who have worked together to bring their enormous experience and caring reassurance to parents as they deal with the joys and challenges that living with young children offers. Bravo for this splendid book!
Rosalynn Carter
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's book is an important tool for parents and all those with child care responsibilities.
Parenting Magazine
A straightforward and trustworthy guide to recognizing trouble and seeking help.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Produced by members of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, this tome offers a clear and straightforward examination of issues of development behavior and psychological growth, for instance, separation anxiety, self-esteem and school readiness. Age by age, developmentally appropriate milestones are discussed, providing a chronology of physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive, social and moral concerns that parents will face as they raise their children. Part I addresses such general pediatric concerns as allergies and when to introduce solid foods. Part II takes up a more tightly aimed discussion of day-to-day problem behaviors, such as tantrums, lying and aggression. Suggesting that in most cases such behavior problems are a part of normal developmental phases, the editors urge parents to follow their instincts and offer practical tips ("If possible, hold your child firmly during a tantrum"). Parts III and IV address problems that call for professional help (e.g., mental retardation, depressive disorders, learning disabilities), offering descriptions of disorders and abnormalities, with guidelines for when and where to seek help. Appendices include a glossary of psychiatric terms, a descriptive list of psychiatric medications, and an explanation of medial, psychological, educational and developmental tests. Pruitt, a psychiatry professor at the Univ. of Tennessee, Memphis, has compiled a comprehensive behavioral guidebook. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This title clearly aims to be a sort of "Doctor Spock" for parents of adolescents, helping parents to understand what behaviors are normal, how to help teens avoid problems, and how to handle those that do arise. In addition to discussing the milestones of normal development, common family, behavioral, physical, and emotional disorders are described and treatment options are discussed. The recommendations tend to be standard and general (Just how do you make a reluctant teen study? How do you respect your child's privacy and still monitor for signs of drug and alcohol abuse?), and troubled parents will need more in-depth information. Despite these quibbles, this is the most encyclopedic general treatment of the topic to be issued in years and will be a useful starting point for many parents. Recommended for all public libraries.--Mary Ann Hughes, Neill P.L., Pullman, WA
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Meet the Author

David Pruitt, M.D., editor-in-chief, is past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with over 6,600 members, is the leading national association of physicians dedicated to the healthy mental development of children and adolescents.

David Pruitt, M.D., editor-in-chief, is past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with over 6,600 members, is the leading national association of physicians dedicated to the healthy mental development of children and adolescents.

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Read an Excerpt

From Willful to Willing

A wonderful woman who lived in a shoe

Had so many children,

And she knew exactly what to do.

She held them,

She rocked them,

She tucked them in bed,

"I love you, I love you"

Is what she said.

 

Have you ever thought, I have tried everything possible to get my child to get dressed (or do his homework, or clean his room) and then sadly said to yourself, I give up"? Have you ever punished your child and later felt guilty for having behaved in a way that you swore you never would? Have you ever promised yourself to exercise regularly, eat better, or spend more time with loved ones, but found that the promises you made to yourself are difficult to keep? Have you then given up, or felt guilty?

I wrote this book to help you permanently change your own behavior, because only by learning to discipline yourself will you be able to successfully guide your children's behavior. I will show why achieving self-control and self-discipline allows you to know exactly what to do in order to discipline your children.

If I asked you to teach a class in nuclear physics, could you do it? Probably not. Could you teach your child how to pole-vault? Again, probably not. You cannot teach what you do not know.

Yet we often demand that children acquire skills that we ourselves lack. We ask children to do as we say, not as we do. Parents yell, "Go to your room until you are in control of yourself." A mother grabs a toy that two preschoolers; are tussling over and says, "You know betterthan to grab toys from your friends. It's mine now!" Husbands and wives battle with each other, using attack skills such as name-calling and withdrawal. Then they demand that their children resolve conflicts calmly, by discussing them. Our own emotional intelligence is primitive at best, and whether we admit it or not, we pass our emotional clumsiness on to our children.

For most of us, being consistently in control of ourselves represents a major change. So this book is about change: It's about learning to change your own behavior, and your children's behavior, so that you can grow closer, embrace and resolve conflict, and enjoy life. Once you model self-control for your children, they will show better self-control than you have ever imagined they could achieve. Delightful surprises await you.

Once you model self-control for your children, they will show better self-control than you have ever imagined they could achieve.

 

Imagine telling your child one time to take a shower—and him actually marching off to do it! Imagine promising yourself to either conquer your clutter, or to relax about it—and then keeping your promise.

 

A NOTE ON MY USE of pronouns: I did not want to refer to your child as "he" throughout this book, but using "he or she" and "him or her" felt awkward. Instead, I alternate the use of masculine and feminine pronouns chapter by chapter. In chapter 11 use "he" and "him," in chapter 2, "she" and "her," and so on.

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Table of Contents

The Contributors
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction
How to Use this Book
Pt. I The Life of a Child
1 Infancy: The First Year of Life 3
2 Toddlerhood: The Child at Ages One and Two 43
3 The Preschool Years: Ages Three, Four, and Five 82
4 The Elementary School Years: Ages Six Through Eleven 120
Pt. II Day-To-Day Problem Behaviors
5 Challenges at Home 163
6 The Family Redefined 197
7 School-Related Concerns 222
8 The Child and the Community 247
9 The Child with Chronic Illness 274
Pt. III Serious Problems and Abnormalities
10 Emotional Disorders 307
11 Disruptive Behavior Disorders 335
12 Developmental Disorders 354
13 Psychotic Disorders 372
14 Sleep Disorders 379
Pt. IV Seeking Help
15 How and When to Seek Help 387
16 What Are the Treatment Options? 402
App. A Psychiatric Medications 425
App. B Medical, Psychological, Educational, and Developmental Tests 439
App. C Glossary 445
Index 453
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