A complete and comprehensive guide to why kids behave and think theway they do-and how to bring out the best in them.
In the U.S., more than 10% of children are diagnosed withpsychiatric disorders, while countless others remain undiagnosed.Defining what is "normal" and what is not is of great concern toanyone who works with, guides, nurtures, teaches, or parentschildren.
With new discoveries in mental disorders that affect children,Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides aninformational guide to cognitive development at every stage of achild's life, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and overcome thecognitive barriers that impede learning and development.
- How to identify and treat mental disorders
- Covers behavior disorders, autism, attention deficit disorder,reading disabilities, bipolar disorder, and more
- Guidance on helping a child control impulses, develop selfesteem, and have good relationships
An essential guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers,Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides adetailed overview of an average child's cognitive development, howto detect abnormalities, and what to do next.
About the Author
Laura L. Smith, PhD, is a clinical and school psychologist. Charles H. Elliott, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Together they have written several books, including Borderline Personality Disorder For Dummies and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Understanding Children: The Big Picture.
Chapter 1: Exploring Child Psychology.
Chapter 2: What Makes Kids Tick?
Chapter 3: Goals of Growing Up.
Part II: Watching Kids Grow.
Chapter 4: Pregnancy, Delivery, and the First Year.
Chapter 5: Tackling the Toddler Years (Ages 1–4).
Chapter 6: The Middle Childhood Years (Ages 5 – 12).
Chapter 7: Traversing the Teen Years (Ages 13–18).
Part III: Growing Great Kids.
Chapter 8: Creating Functional Families.
Chapter 9: Optimizing Education.
Chapter 10: Building the Right Village for Kids.
Part IV: Spotting Troubled Development.
Chapter 11: Facing Physical Problems.
Chapter 12: Understanding Problems That Interfere withLearning.
Chapter 13: Addressing Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Chapter 14: Emotional Disorders.
Chapter 15: Exploring Behavior Disorders.
Chapter 16: Looking at Trauma and Abuse.
Part V: Getting the Right Therapies.
Chapter 17: Types of Therapy That Work.
Chapter 18: Enhancing Educators’ Efforts.
Chapter 19: Knowing What Parents Can Do.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Calm Kids Down.
Chapter 21: Ten Signs of Gifted Kids.
Chapter 22: Ten Signs That a Kid Needs Help.
Appendix: Developmental Milestones.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once again Drs. Smith and Elliott have pulled together a vast and often contradictory literature into an enjoyable and easy-to-follow read! Child Psychology and Development for Dummies distills over a century of theory and research down to four core developmental tasks: relationship formation, emotional control, formation of a healthy self-view, and the achievement of one's potential. With these tasks as the organizing principle, readers will find it easy to make sense of the child psychology science and use it to best help the children in their lives. As a Clinical Psychologist, I appreciate Dr. Smith and Dr. Elliott's carefully attention to the science. As a parent and future grandparent, I appreciate their obvious empathy for the trials and joys of parenthood.