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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Perspectives Pr; 1 edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944934110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944934111
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Vera I. Fahlberg, M.D. is a retired pediatrician and psychotherapist. A trainer and consultant with an international reputation, she has travelled around the world sharing her expertise in attachment therapy with families and mental health professionals. For many years she was medical director at Forest Heights Lodge in Evergreen, Colorado, a residential treatment facility for troubled young boys. She has two grown up children and has fostered several children. She lives in Bremerton, Washington. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is both interesting & informative, & I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in special needs children..
JHenzo
Dr. Fahlberg has provided the comprehensive guide for all who care about advocating children with all kinds of behavior and disorder issues.
jfilgo@gdats.com
Written at about a collge 200 level so it does not lose you with informaiton you be able to use but it does make you stop and think.
Have you ever wondered what the first place in a few days later this month of all the first place in

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By jfilgo@gdats.com on February 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book MUST be required reading for ALL adoptive families for insuring they have true insight on parenting their child responsivly. Being a mother desperately looking for the "why" my adopted child behaves as he does and "why" four years of traditional treatment hasn't mattered, I now have these answers and far greater insight as to what to do next. Dr. Fahlberg has provided the comprehensive guide for all who care about advocating children with all kinds of behavior and disorder issues. Dr. Fahlberg's "A Child's Journey Through Placement" is the Dr. Spock book for all adoptive parenting - outstanding material, information and very well written.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JHenzo on November 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for foster parents, adoptive parents, & professionals. Yes, some of it gets very tedious & dry, & the editing is horrendous; but...there is a lot of value here. Not only does the author give explanations, activities, & study based back-up, but she also walks you through her chapters with several case studies. This helps the reader to better apply the knowledge they are absorbing.
One reviewer mentioned their disgust for the author's mention of holding therapy. I have to agree with that reviewer, but keep in mind that this book was written in 1996...BEFORE holding therapy had gotten much attention & caused a public outcry.
This book is both interesting & informative, & I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in special needs children..
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Although this book is recommended by many as a standard work in the field, I personally found it unreliable and uneven.
Fahlberg focuses on attachment to the exclusion of all other special needs and developmental tasks, and recommends techniques (such as "holding therapy") which many experts on attachment have criticized as harmful and even abusive. I found her account of separation issues to be much less sensitive and thoughtful than that of Claudia Jewett ("Helping Children Cope with Separation and Loss"), for example.
There is almost no reference to organic mental or physical disabilities, except for outdated references to "schizophrenic children" dating from the 1960s.
There is useful advice in it, but it doesn't extend far beyond common sense and is undermined by inaccuracies and omissions.
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My husband and I are working towards fostering/adopting an older child and want to be as informed and educated as possible about child development, so that we can do the very best for the young man with whom we have fallen in love. I have read at least 15 books, so far, regarding both child development and the foster care system, and "A Child's Journey Through Placement" has by far has been the best organized, most comprehensive, and easiest to understand. It is realistic about the challenges that are faced when living with and loving children who have been placed into foster care, but it also teaches readers how to meet specific challenges to the best benefit of both the child and the family. I feel very blessed to have come across this resource, and I am sure that I will turn to it again and again as we continue our journey of creating a new family.
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My wife works with difficult children, many who are adopted and suffer from RAD (reactive attachment syndrome), she has read and reread this book many times and I see her refer to it constantly for herself and in helping other mothers. Very good book if you have or plan to adopt a child or work with troubled broken children.
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Format: Paperback
If you work with foster children, adoptive children, or children still in care and moving through the system, this is the book to read. It address key tools to use with children in foster care, and helps give the worker some insight into how the child might be feeling, and may have felt being in the system. Read it.
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