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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470918853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470918852
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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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I would recommend this to all parents.
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This book has been a great help in explaining terms and concepts in ways that are difficult to understand from the textbook.
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The authors know parents are busy and few will actually read the entire book cover to cover.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mindy VINE VOICE on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin VINE VOICE on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bette VINE VOICE on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TC on June 24, 2012
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This book is a helpful book for beginners who are trying to understand basic child psychology and development. it is great for laypeople, parents, and even beginning psychology students. The information is presented in a way that most people will understand and will give them a better understanding of how children work. If you do not have a psychology background and are a parent or parent to be, I strongly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Wilson VINE VOICE on April 2, 2011
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There is a lot of helpful information in this book, for kids of all ages. What I really like is the way it is divided up, so you don't have to read from front to back. You can flip straight to the age of your child, and also look up by certain issues. It really cuts right to the problem. This isn't a do all tell all book, of course, just a point of reference. You aren't going to diagnose your kid if you suspect him of a mental disorder, but it will help you with certain signs and point you in the right direction. It will guide you through pregnancy and birth and infancy, through toodler and childhood and teenage years and puberty; creating functional families, optimizing education, and spotting troubled development. There are a lot of great references here for parents as well as what I love at the back, Tens. Ten ways to calm kids down, Ten signs of gifted kids, and Ten signs that a kid needs help. This really is a book that every parent and caretaker has to have on hand, sometimes google just isn't enough. Its a great, quick reference guide that has helped me out in a hurry on more than one occasion!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Kohutek VINE VOICE on March 31, 2011
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The writings of Drs. Smith and Elliott are well organized, concise and a great starting book for those involved, or plan to become involved, in the care of children. Child psychology and development are one of the most difficult areas to grasp because the nature of the topic is ever changing. To address this moving target, chapters include a description of the developmental stages (starting with pregnancy), families, education, addressing some of the more common issues which might arise across time, as well as suggestions for seeking professional assistance if that time ever arises. While keeping the chapters manageable in both the amount of information as well as the explanation of concepts in lay person terms, this volume offers suggestions which can be applied immediately.

As a parent, a classroom teacher, as well as a psychologist having worked with children, adolescents and their families in a wide variety of settings, I believe there is something in this book for any adult working in these areas.

While not a cookbook to make all readers master chefs, this is a great reference to keep on the bookshelf as well as share with others who might benefit from these insights.
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