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Product Details

  • Series: Merloyd Lawrence Book
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738203564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738203560
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A wake-up call about the emotional origins of intellectual development." -- Science Books and Films

"An exciting aspect of Greenspan's new work is its synthesis of developmental psychology with new insights derived from genetics and brain physiology." -- Psychiatric News

"Delight with, and dedication to, families shines through on every page." -- Contemporary Psychology

"Greenspan generously shares his insights....which are brilliant and exciting.... a clear guide to the early stages of emotional development." -- T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

"Groundbreaking work by a leading researcher, theoretician, and clinical psychoanalyst." -- Otto Kernberg, M.D.

"Optimistic and reassuring." -- Los Angeles Times

"Takes its place among recent writing such as Gardner's Frames of Mind, Damasio's Descartes' Error.... A wealth of examples from clinical practice...absorbing reading." -- Washington Post Book World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., author of the widely used and praised books The Challenging Child and (with Serena Wieder, Ph.D.) Engaging Autism, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Whilst I agree with the underlying concepts, the book is repetitive and arduous.
CM Geissler
If parents learn how to make the most out of every interaction with their child, they will be giving them the chance to have the healthiest mind possible.
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Dr. Greenspan identifies six crucial developmental stages and the healthy interactions babies need in each with their caretakers.
Dr.Z.T.Hornoch

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142 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Z.T.Hornoch on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I will become a grandfather soon and the young parents-to-be (both physicians) asked for a really outstanding book on parenting. I am very familiar with the classic literature on the subject, but I searched the Internet anyway. I found over 20 thousand books. I picked the most promising titles of the last few years. I scanned nearly one hundred books in libraries and bookstores and I actually read two dozens of them. I found Dr. Greenspan's book by far the best. He discusses the results of his own research but presents them in a practical way understandable to all parents. Dr. Greenspan identifies six crucial developmental stages and the healthy interactions babies need in each with their caretakers. He also shows how to adapt the principles to infants with different temperaments. Dr. Greenspan demonstrates not only first class science but also deep intuition and love of children. Many of his findings seem intuitively obvious in hindsight, yet, as far as I know, nobody talked about them before. Lucky are the babies whose parents will follow this exceptional guide. As adults they will be able to reach their full potential.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Kary P. Heuston, MD, PhD on July 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a parent, then a psychologist, and now as a psychiatrist in training, I have read hundreds of books which discuss parenting and child development. What a delight it was to open this book and discover the finest book on infant and toddler development and practical guide for their parents that I have read--ever. This book discusses in detail how children develop from birth on, and explains ways that everyday interactions with their caregiver shape their mind, their sense of themself and their view of their world. It also has numerous examples of children with very different personalities, detailing in particular how a given sensory or cognitive under- or over-sensitivity can be a hurdle in the development of the child and of their relationship with their parents. The real gift of this book lies in the down to earth examples of ways that sensitive parents may intervene to help their child over the hurdle and continue along thier joyful developmental trajectory. I have never read anything else that comes even close to describing the child-eye view of the world that is so eloquently yet simply described here. Next time I need a shower gift for an expectant parent, some reading for a parent who is particularly curious about what is going on inside her babies mind, a resource for a friend who is puzzled or distressed by her child, or a primary resource for anyone who is working in the field of child development, this is the first book I am reaching for.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By FUBAR on January 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this as a borrowed book and I agree with the majority of the previous reviewers as to its incredible value to parents. I completely disagree with the reviewer who recommended "The Continuum Project". That book describes a nice general theme but doesn't get into specifics. Greenspan's book is just the opposite...raising a caring child is truly more complex than just holding them 24/7.

My problem is that, as a teacher, while I am held solely responsible (see "No Child Left Behind") for a child's academic struggles...reality suggests we can only deal with that which families and/or society delivers to us...in short, we are not miracle workers or human laundry mats where children enter school one way and somehow come out "clean" on the other end. It's so much easier to attack education than it is to solve issues dealing with the family isn't it? As one researcher pointed out...we don't have a crisis in education...we have a crisis of the family...how true. In his books Greenspan clearly holds parenting responsible and, most importantly, recognizes (as most good teachers do) that a child with emotional deficits will hinder their academic gains...No Child Left Behind conveniently separates the logic from emotion as we have done for years...BUT, as Greenspan points out wonderfully...emotion always leads learning.

We each come at books, music, movies, and so on and define it by our own experiences. I come from the perspective of a parent and a teacher who sees the results of all types of home environments. From this experience I can honestly say that this book, along with many of Greenspan's other books, should be a must read for all parents and caregivers.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book offers what seems like sound advice, however, for me, it all seemed intuitive. All the suggestions on how to interact with your baby, I was already doing. So there wasn't a lot to disagree with, but there wasn't a lot of eye opening info either. This may be better for parents who are dealing with a colicky infant or an infant who has trouble engaging with the world due to sensitivities. I didn't have these problems with my daughter. I would check this book out of the library versus adding it to my personal library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Menkin on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Dr. Stanley Greenspan was a brilliant child psychiatrist. I recommend this book very highly. If you don't buy any other books on raising children, buy this book. It is a must have.
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