From Publishers Weekly
According to Australian child-development expert Dunstan, every child falls into one of four sense-based categories for experiencing, interpreting and relating to the world: tactile; auditory; visual; and taste-and-smell. Simple-to-use checklists and evaluation tools help parents identify a child's primary sense orientation (and their own) so that they can better understand that child' s behavior, ranging from sleeping and feeding problems through stubbornness, temper tantrums, fear and hurt feelings. While a tactile two-year-old prefers to eat with her hands, a visual three-year old insists on lining up all his plastic dinosaurs just so, and a taste/smell five-year-old is naturally hypersensitive and emotional, each presents a different challenge to his or her parents. Dunstan's advice is to customize parenting to the unique needs of the child, with some practical solutions and communication strategies just to get through the day at first, and then the week, and eventually most early childhood milestones. The process appears to take time and involve everyone in the family with a lot of trial, error and dedicated effort, but it may be just right for frustrated parents who are struggling with calming and encouraging their infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Like astrology books, this will speak to believers, and since Dunstan appeared on Oprah!
and established her Los Angeles clinic, her readers will be numerous. (Nov.)
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About the Author
Priscilla J. Dunstan
is an internationally recognized parenting expert who has traveled around the world observing parents and children for her research. As the creator of a revolutionary infant-cry classification system, part of which is featured in the Dunstan Baby Language
DVDs, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show
show, and several other popular U.S. television programs. Her sound advice has also appeared in articles that have run in Parenting, Baby Talk
, and Women’s World
. A native Australian, Dunstan established her renowned parenting and family clinic, the Priscilla Dunstan Research Center, in Sydney. She has since relocated and now lives in Los Angeles, where she educates parents, health professionals, and academics from her new counseling center. She is the mother of a ten-year-old son.