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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470918853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470918852
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 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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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By reg TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 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 By D. Campbell VINE VOICE on 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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