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David Decides About Thumbsucking: A Story for Children, a Guide for Parents Paperback – May 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0961478025 ISBN-10: 0961478020 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Reading Matters; 3 edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961478020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961478025
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have a 3 year old son and I read this book to him 2 weeks ago.
Ms. Kathy
Great story- My son and I read this book together before bed one night and because of the book, it was his idea to try to stop.
Diane
I made her a sticker chart which when filled led up to getting to pick a toy out at Target, this kept her excited and proud.
M. Hosler

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1999
Bright colorful pictures of David and his brother and sister invite kids to join David as he decides if and how to end his thumbsucking habit. Great story. Remarkable impact on my son, who read the story and decided to follow David's example. Also, the best compilation of information for parents on thumb and finger sucking that I've seen. Covers all the research. Explains how sucking habits help young children, but then gradually become detrimental as kids get older.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rob on September 26, 2008
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I have been a clinical orthodontist/dentist since 1988. Influencing a patient with thumb/finger sucking habits (blanket and pacifiers as well) is quite challenging. My job is to try to help the patient stop their habit in a non-invasive manner, when possible. Using this book, along with some personal counseling, over 95% of my patients have stopped their habit within 3 months. I follow these patients for a year, and the cessation is complete. This is a remarkable success rate when compared to the rates listed in the literature. The patient's parents are out no money (they borrow a copy of the book from me), and thousands of dollars in orthodontic treatment due to flared upper front teeth ("buck teeth") can be avoided. Aren't braces needed to bring the upper front teeth back into alignment? Most of the time, no. The backward resting pressure of the upper lip alone tends to bring the incisors back into a good archform. Technical note: If the child has a "Class II" bite, then orthodontic treatment may be needed in the future. Incidentally, the flaring of the front teeth caused by a sucking habit increases the risk of fracture of these teeth during a sporting accident or fall. This is another reason to stop the habit. Do yourself a big favor and buy this book if your child has this type of oral habit.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Diane on June 22, 2000
Great story- My son and I read this book together before bed one night and because of the book, it was his idea to try to stop. We are into the sixth night now with no thumbs! This book was written from a childs view and talks to the child directly and hits on the subject in a very positive way. I highly recommend this before trying the 'nailpolish', or any other old-fashioned techniques. Very positive!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Seveen Jaja on September 5, 2002
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My son and I read this book and tried the techniques. Socks were off hands by morning. Bandaids didn't make it past my closing the bedroom door. I think the information in the book is good advice especially if tried when the child is younger but my six year old is still sucking. I hope he stops by his wedding day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Happy MOM on June 3, 2013
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My son is 6 years old, he's just coming to the end of kindergarten. He has been sucking his pointer and middle finger since he was a baby. I'd tried all different tactics over the past 2 years 1)Verbal reminders 2)nasty flavoring 3)Duck-tape 4)not mentioning it to him 5)sock on hand at night 6)therapy and more. A month before we got this book was when kids started saying things to him. Not mean stuff they would just ask him why he did it and he'd say it was a bad habit. I think kids have been taught to be so accepting these days that none of them would ever make him feel bad about doing it.

He finally started expressing to me that he was annoyed that everyone kept asking him about it. So I jumped on Amazon and checked book reviews. I found this book. We are now on day four of no finger sucking.

We've been cutting band-aids in half and placing them on the top portion of his fingers to remind him not to suck them. This way his fingers can still bend.

It was good that we ordered the book because I told him we were getting it and what it was about. He anxiously waited for it to come. Reading it was key. I think the way David talks about his feelings about sucking was very relate-able to my child. He starts with a question like: did you ever want to stop doing something that you really like to do? As soon as my son heard that he was hooked. He also came up with his own reasons for why he does it and his own reason for quitting. We also looked at David's before and after pictures a bunch. First page he looks sad/confused last page he looks happy/content.

My son had told me that he was nervous that if he stopped sucking fingers that his personality might change. I think David showed him that he could do it and that he would be the same sweet kid after.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia S. Bany on April 5, 2013
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This book was a work of genius, making the child the center of finding a solution to a habit that the time has come to stop. Looking over new offerings, I still think it is the best. Only surprise? There do not seem to be any guides in which a girl takes center stage!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nana on February 16, 2013
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The kids dentist recommended to help get the kids to stop sucking fingers and thumb. Nothing new in book that we hadn't already tried. Way to expensive for this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Lopez on March 30, 2007
A great book to help parents and kids. We have used this at the dentist office for many years.
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