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Child Psychology and Development For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Laura L. Smith , Charles H. Elliott
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Book Description

A complete and comprehensive guide to why kids behave and think the way they do-and how to bring out the best in them.

In the U.S., more than 10% of children are diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, while countless others remain undiagnosed. Defining what is "normal" and what is not is of great concern to anyone who works with, guides, nurtures, teaches, or parents children.

With new discoveries in mental disorders that affect children, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides an informational guide to cognitive development at every stage of a child's life, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and overcome the cognitive 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 self esteem, and have good relationships

An essential guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides a detailed overview of an average child's cognitive development, how to detect abnormalities, and what to do next.



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Grasp a child's cognitivedevelopment, detectabnormalities, and learnwhat to do next

An essential guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers, Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides an informational guide to cognitive development at every stage of a child's life, as well as expert tips and guidance on how to diagnose, treat, and overcome the cognitive barriers that impede learning and development.

  • The nuts and bolts — delve into the soup of kids' development, including biology, psychology, learning, environment, and culture

  • What makes kids tick? — discover how heredity, environment, experience, and culture interact to determine a child's physical and emotional development

  • Watch them grow — get an understanding of what a "normal" childhood should look like from conception through adolescence, and the types of behaviors to anticipate throughout

  • Learn to spot trouble — find out what can go wrong during a child's development, from physical problems like chronic illness to psychological problems like autism

  • Ask for help — get expert guidance on the therapies and interventions that work, and how you can collaborate with professionals for an even better outcome

Open the book and find:

  • Physical, mental, and social development from conception through adolescence

  • Treatments and interventions that work

  • Physical and psychological problems that interfere with normal development

  • Common behavior disorders

  • The aftermath of abuse, trauma, and neglect

  • What to expect from therapy and medication

  • How to help kids cope at school

Learn to:

  • Understand the difference between "bad behavior" and behavior disorders

  • Know whether a child is ready for school

  • Help a child control impulses, develop self-esteem, and have good relationships

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.


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  • File Size: 2347 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NSW9CC
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource; covers many parental concerns April 19, 2011
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I'm a mother to a two-year old boy and like many others, I often worry about whether or not my child is developing normally. This is the reason I chose to get this book and it fulfilled my expectations marvelously.

I like the layout of the book. The authors know parents are busy and few will actually read the entire book cover to cover. They highlight critical points and indicate things that are good to know but not necessary. (They call these "Technical Stuff" which I actually found fascinating) The table of contents is very detailed so you can jump right to the section you're interested in. In the back is a chapter on tens that I thought was informative yet brief ( e.g. Ten ways to calm kids down, ten signs that a kid needs help and ten signs of a gifted kid.) I also liked that they're research based. For example, they state that kids in daycare tend to be more impulsive. That's probably not a popular thing to say but that's the research. They also mention how many parents are so careful to build up a child's self-esteem that an emerging problem among the young is narcissism.

I found myself flipping through this book for hours; there were many topics that I felt applied to me and the advice rang true. I felt the authors knew what they were talking about and were experts. Definitely recommended for parents with kids. The book addresses all ages (up to 18 years) but I think parents with kids younger than high school would benefit most since many of the issues discussed are things discovered in early childhood such as autism, learning disorders, educational choices and facing physical problems.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you deal with kids in a semi-professional setting September 22, 2011
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I was hoping for something more academic on the subject, but this is a Dummies book, so that was an incorrect expectation on my part, as someone who works with abused children and has studied psychology through them, as well as independently. If you are a parent, however, and are interested in learning the checkpoints and milestones along the way, the book is a decent, though basic and general, choice. Every child is different, and seeking "normal" boxes in which to place your children is not a good idea. That said, again, it can be helpful in basic ways.

Chapters stretch from Pregnancy, Delivery and the First Year to Toddler to Middle Childhood to Teen. There are chapters on creating functional families and spotting "troubled development" (premies, syndromes and disorders, genetics). The problem with a book like this is that no one subject can be explored in great detail. For instance, while there is a 12 page chapter on autism, it still only serves as an informational outline; you will have to look elsewhere for more information.

Helpful for parents-to-be, teacher's aides, shelter workers, ZumbAtomic instructors, and anyone who has contact with children in semi-professional settings.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Developmental Psychology Guide May 8, 2011
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This is a great developmental psychology guide that can be used by parents and educators alike. It is written by two PhDs, and it coves everything you need to know about children psychology from pregnancy until the teen years. The book includes a very useful appendix (developmental milestones), and the usual and useful icons of this dummies series: remember, tip, warning, and technical stuff. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well organized resource. March 29, 2011
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I have always liked having references. I guess it's the educator in me. When my children were young, I always had the latest edition of the PDR and many child development books. When I developed thyroid problems, I bought books explaining what I was dealing with. Child Psychology & Development for Dummies fills that need in me for reference material. I now have 4 grandchildren (one born just 15 hours ago!) and two more on the way. The oldest is 3 years 9 months. I decided I needed to up-date the books I have in my personal library. I have been impressed with the other Dummies books I have read/purchased.
I like this book. I like the way it is organized. There is a Contents at a Glance followed by the Table of Contents, which is way more detailed. There is an appendix which has the developmental milestones, broken down into Learning (language and thinking), Moving, and Interacting (socially and emotionally). This is a quick way to see if your child is where they should be. This appendix is followed by a 14 page index. All of this will make it very easy to look up any specific thing you are interested in knowing more about. This book is not designed to be read cover to cover, although you certainly can. The authors want to give you the big picture of what makes kids tick, but they also take a look at what can go wrong and how to face it. There are icons designed to grab your attention scattered throughout the book in the margins. They are to point out things the authors think are important, actions you can take, warnings about potential problems, and technical stuff.

This book is going to have a place of prominence in my library. I will refer to it whenever there is a question or concern about a child in my life. I will also use it to check and see if everything is going the way it should. If there are concerns, it won't be the only resource I turn to, but it will be one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Child Psychology; A Good Starting Point. March 31, 2011
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As an educator and a parent of a special needs child, I already know much of the information contained within this book. However, for someone with young children, who would like to explore the various topics that pertain to child psychology, or a new educator, this book covers everything from mastering basic skills to emotional disorders to high stakes testing.

As with most of the Dummies' books, explanations are kept brief. The authors make an effort to keep the professional jargon at a distance while still being able to supply information that is informative, current, and germane; the various sections of the book are good jumping points which would require further investigation of other books, or information, that are more in depth and comprehensive. Such as, if you believe that your child may have autism. Chapter 13 called "Addressing Autism and Spectrum Disorders" offers beneficial and accurate information. Yet for a parent raising a child with autism it's simply too basic and would only be helpful initially.

A vast majority of a child's time is spent at school being educated. The authors devote quite a bit of the book to schooling and learning. The area of learning disabilities is covered and how a parent can work with their child's school to ensure that the child's educational needs are met. An even-handed discussion is provided when comparing public, private, and home, schooling.

Overall, I would recommend this book to the child psychology newcomer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I ve ever enjoyed
It wasn't that easy so don't be fooled by the title for dummies, NO you must really be smart to get the detialsinthat book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Saleh
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous Help with terms and concepts
I am a senior in college, currently studying child and adolescent development. This book has been a great help in explaining terms and concepts in ways that are difficult to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
It sure is a key to guid individuals who are passion about children and want to success their child's development thank you
Published 11 months ago by halima
2.0 out of 5 stars E Book
I'm not a huge fan of E Books as I prefer the real things.
However, this contains some great information for a beginner like myself.
Published 19 months ago by Kathryn
3.0 out of 5 stars very good
It cover the areas which would help beginners with the title as indicated, and gives an insight to children development.
Published 21 months ago by T.D. M
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it.
I am pediatric dentist so this book was a good help in understanding some aspects about child pshychology. The book is easy to understand and its samples are really illustrative.
Published on January 17, 2013 by Juliana R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
This book is a helpful book for beginners who are trying to understand basic child psychology and development. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for parents and professionals who work with children
In less than 500 pages the authors have managed to include a wide range of childhood topics, from normal to noteworthy to worrisome developments. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by Susan Zorn, PhD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great parenting handbook
I didn't think what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. For parents who are actively involved in their childs upbringing, this book is a great source of... Read more
Published on July 21, 2011 by bmkd
3.0 out of 5 stars Good overall guide
This is a good starting place, but does not dive into any topic very deeply. Simple to read, but would have preferred something organized a little differently.
Published on July 21, 2011 by M. L. Martin
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