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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Books for Parents & Professionals



Understanding Child Development: For Adults Who Work With Young Children, by Rosalind Charlesworth
Designed for students in early childhood education teacher preparation programs, Understanding Child Development gives a practical understanding of the young child from the prenatal period through age eight. It introduces the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children and demonstrates how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their developmental level and social and cultural environment. Related to the child's development are current issues such as developmentally appropriate practice, development of early stages of reading, the role of technology in children's lives, the importance of brain development, and the factors relevant to children with special needs. These topics connect the text's content directly to problems adults will face when working with young children. Each section of the book contains critical social and cultural factors related to young children's development, with much new information added in these areas, including socio-cultural aspects of family, school, and community, and material on learning theories and diverse cultures. Up-to-date critical developmental research and theory support the text. It includes helpful review questions, further reading, examples, observation checklists, and references to aid in the student's learning. 690 pages.



The Organization of Attachment Relationships : Maturation, Culture, and Context, by Patricia McKinsey Crittenden (Editor), Angelika Hartl Claussen (Editor).
This volume presents a new theory on attachment that broadens its range to ages beyond infancy, to many cultures and to endangered populations. The intent is to provide new theory and methods to better understand human variation in interpersonal and cultural self-protective strategies. Quality of attachment has been a key variable in developmental research during the last two decades. Even though attachment is relevant to all cultures and humans of all ages, the majority of research has focused on middle class infants in Anglicized cultures. The expansion of the attachment classificatory system beyond its roots in infancy and to a broad range of cultures differentiates this volume from other work on attachment. 444 pages.



Assessing Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Preschool Children : Understanding Small Voices (Interpersonal Violence: The Practice Series), by Sandra K. Hewitt
Written to give the front line practitioner help in assessing and managing allegations of sexual abuse cases with children from the ages of 18 months to six years old, Small Voices provides concrete and easily understood information about basic child development, interview procedures, and case management theory. Case examples throughout this book combine a hands-on approach with child development theory and research. Extensive experience is integrated with research findings in a detailed and practical manner to provide:

  • An overview of child development information as it applies to interviewing young children
  • A protocol for assessment of preverbal children that is grounded in theory and research
  • A format for assessment of children from three to five years old
  • A review of the strengths and weaknesses of some current interview formats
  • A technique for structured interviewing that surveys a range of touching
  • A procedure for structured reunification of a child and alleged abuser after unproven allegations

320 pages.



Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children: Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD, by Steven E. Gutstein, Rachelle K. Sheely
Friendship, even for the most able, requires hard work, and the odds are heavily stacked against those with autism spectrum disorders. Designed for younger children, typically between the ages of two and eight, this comprehensive set of activities emphasizes foundation skills such as social referencing, regulating behavior, conversational reciprocity and synchronized actions. The authors include over 300 objectives to plan and evaluate a child's progress, each one related to a specific exercise. Suitable for parental use, the manual is also designed for easy implementation in schools and in therapeutic settings. A comprehensive website acts as companion to the book, free to purchasers. 256 pages. Personal Note: Not specific for reactive attachment disorder, but may be helpful for related disorders.



Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle, by Steven E., Phd Gutstein
A Groundbreaking Developmental Program that Opens the Door to Lifelong Social & Emotional Growth for Persons with Autism, Aspergers Syndrome & PDD. Steve Gutstein, psychologist and autism specialist, sought to discover why children with autism lack the social skills that come so easily to the rest of us. The result of his efforts is an innovative program - Relationship Development Intervention - that take social skills teaching to the next level. You'll learn about the social development pathway of the nondisabled child and the life-changing detour taken by children on the autism spectrum. However, instead of leaving you there, Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle describes ways to steer children with autism onto a bright new path of self discovery and social awareness, one that will ultimately bring them home to meaningful friendships, shared emotions and heartfelt connection with the people in their lives. It's an important new book in the autism field. 200 pages.



Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home: A Parent's Guide, by Pamela Tanguay, Byron P. Rourke
Do you know a child who is bright, charming and articulate, but has no friends? A child who showed early signs of intelligence, but is now floundering, academically and emotionally? Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) are an enigma. They're children with extraordinary gifts and heartbreaking challenges that go far beyond the classroom. Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home explores the variety of daily life problems children with NLD may face, and provides practical strategies for parents to help them cope and grow, from preschool age through their challenging adolescent years. The author, herself the parent of a child with NLD, provides solutions to the everyday challenges of the disorder, from early warning signs and self-care issues to social skills and personal safety. User-friendly and highly practical, this book is an essential guide for parents in understanding and living with NLD, and professionals working with these very special children. 267 pages.



Helping a Child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome: A Parent's Guide, by Kathryn Stewart.
This compassionate guide will help you acquire the essential skills you need to help your child cope with the often debilitating symptoms of NLD or Asperger's Syndrome and lead a full and satisfying life. Kathryn Stewart, the founder of the first college preparatory high school for kids with NLD or Asperger's Syndrome, shares the fruits of her experience from her work with these children. She offers strategies to help you assess your child's disorder, understand its symptoms, discover techniques you can use at home, and access all the resources available at school and in the community. 200 pages.




The Defiant Child : A Parent's Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder, by Douglas Riley.
The title of the book will immediately grab the attention of parents who hunger for information about children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (O.D.D). There is little information available for the general public about this disorder even though it is rapidly becoming a diagnosis of choice by many doctors. The Defiant Child is well written and easy to read. It attempts to give a tough no-nonsense approach for parents to remain in control when the child is displaying negative, angry and hostile behavior towards adults. It implies that many teenagers display O.D.D. behavior. It is most effective when it outlines the rules O.D.D. children live by and provides intervention strategies for parents to curb O.D.D. behavior. The impact of The Defiant Child is negated because it does not know its audience. It is written like a behavioral specialist plan for parents, but could prove most useful for clinicians who could interpret these plans for the parents. It is structured like a psychotherapeutic treatment plan that provides a behavioral definition of the disorder, goals and objectives, and therapeutic interventions. The treatment approach is the restructuring of the family system. The family structure approach generally relies on problem solving and the focus on future movement of the family from dysfunctional dynamics. It is filled with stories of children seen. 224 pages.



The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, by Ross W. Greene.
Flexibility and tolerance are learned skills, as any parent knows if they've seen an irascible 2-year-old grow into a pleasant, thoughtful, and considerate older child. Unfortunately, for reasons that are poorly understood, a few children don't "get" this part of socialization. Years after toddler tantrums should have become an unpleasant memory, a few unlucky parents find themselves battling with sudden, inexplicable, disturbingly violent rages--along with crushing guilt about what they "did wrong." Medical experts haven't helped much: the flurry of acronyms and labels (Tourette's, ADHD, ADD, etc.) seems to proffer new discoveries about the causes of such explosions, when in fact the only new development is alternative vocabulary to describe the effects. Ross Greene, a pediatric psychologist who also teaches at Harvard Medical School, makes a bold and humane attempt in this book to cut through the blather and speak directly to the (usually desperate) parents of explosive children. His text is long and serious, and has the advantage of covering an enormous amount of ground with nuance, detail, and sympathy, but also perhaps the disadvantage that only those parents who are not chronically tired and time-deprived are likely to get through the entire book. Quoted dialogue from actual sessions with parents and children is interspersed with analysis that is always oriented toward understanding the origins of "meltdowns" and developing workable strategies for avoidance. Although pharmacological treatment is not the book's focus, there is a chapter on drug therapies. 336 pages.



Bonding and Attachment, by Yvonne Rose Bush.
What is bonding and attachment? How do I bond with my child? Is it too late? What will happen to my child if he/she does not attach? Paperback. 118 pages.



Attachment Handbook for Foster Care and Adoption, by Gillian Schofield and Mary Beek.
Provides an accessible account of core attachment concepts, tracing the pathways of secure and insecure patterns from birth to adulthood, exploring the impact of past experiences of abuse, neglect, and separation on the life of the child. Paperback. 450 pages.

Note: When available, and when money is an object, please consider purchasing a used book rather than a new one. While I don't earn nearly as much of a commission on the sale of used books, the difference in cost to you is worth considering. With the money you've saved, go out and buy yourself something. -- ken


Last Modified on: Saturday, August 08, 2009



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