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Reactive Attachment Disorder: Resources: Stanley Greenspan



Course of Life: Infancy, by Stanley I. Greenspan (Editor), George H. Pollock (Editor).
Edited by two respected psychoanalysts, this is the first volume of a comprehensive series exploring human growth. Originally published in 1980 in three volumes, it has been updated or revised chapter by chapter in 1989. Volume 1 still includes papers by classic theorists like Anna Freud and Erik Erikson and scholarly tracts by more modern researchers. But it also offers new contributions, such as Stanley I. Greenspan's "Development of the Ego," John Bowlby's "Role of Attachment in Personality Development," and W. Ernest Freud's "Prenatal Attachment." Because of the series' high price tag, many public libraries won't be able to justify the expenditure--especially since the three forthcoming volumes will only take readers through adolescence. For strong psychology/psychiatry collections. 696 pages.



The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish, by T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan.
Parents can sometimes feel like ships being tossed in the storm - trying to keep their households afloat amidst escalating child-care and health-care costs, declining funding for public schools, and workplaces that do not favor working families. "The Irreducible Needs of Children" reads like a social compass, or better yet, a family's true north. T. Berry Brazelton, one of the world's most respected pediatricians, joins with one of the most respected child psychiatrists, Stanley Greenspan, to offer parents, as well as caregivers, teachers, policymakers, and even custody-hearing judges clear-cut guidelines for rearing healthy, well-nurtured children. Each chapter speaks to the fundamental priorities, such as "The Need for Ongoing, Nurturing Relationships" or "The Need for Limit Setting, Structure, and Expectations." In every chapter the two doctors offer a lively dialog as they boldly assert their child-rearing opinions based on solid research and their collective years of wisdom. They then lead into a list of joint recommendations. No topic is too controversial or specific for these hard-core child advocates, including how many hours a baby or toddler should be in child care per week (ideally less than 30), the importance of one-on-one time, setting up child-oriented custody arrangements, and how much homework or television a child should have each day. Although you may not agree with every recommendation, this makes an excellent navigational tool for parents and anyone else who controls the course of children's destinies. 176 pages.



Building Healthy Minds: The Six Experiences That Create Intelligence and Emotional Growth in Babies and Young Children, by Stanley Greenspan and Nancy Breslau Lewis.
Dr. Greenspan identifies six crucial developmental stages and the healthy interactions babies need in each with their caretakers. He also shows how to adapt the principles to infants with different temperaments. Dr. Greenspan demonstrates not only first class science but also deep intuition and love of children. Many of his findings seem intuitively obvious in hindsight, yet not something that most authors speak of. Lucky are the babies whose parents will follow this exceptional guide. As adults they will be able to reach their full potential. 416 pages.



The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth, by Stanley I. Greenspan, Serena Wieder, and Robin Simons.
Nature or nurture. One of the most intense debates in understanding the development of the human mind is whether cognitive ability is based in genetics or developed through learning experiences. While biology clearly plays a part, recent neuroscience research shows that the interactions experienced during infancy and childhood can actually change the physical structure and wiring of the brain. Does this mean many children with developmental and learning disorders - such as autism, PDD, language and speech problems, ADD, Down syndrome and others - can make greater progress than previously thought? The pioneering work of Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder strongly supports this prospect. 496 pages.



Playground Politics: Understanding the Emotional Life of the School-Age Child, by Stanley I. Greenspan.
A Partial Table of Contents:

  • The Grade School Years
    • The world is my oyster
    • The world is other kids
    • The world inside me
    • Early milestones revisited: emotional foundations for the gradeschool years
    • Supporting emotional development: the five principles
  • Aggression, Competition, and Rivalry
    • Early aggression
    • Harnessing aggression
    • Joey's story
  • Self Esteem & Peer Relations
    • Nurturing self esteem
    • The roots of friendship
    • Melanie's story
  • The Real ABC's
    • Foundations of learning
    • The real ABC's at school
    • Early and late bloomers
    • Tracking: help or hindrance?
    • How schools can help
    • How parents can help
    • Jerald's story

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The Secure Child: Helping Children Feel Safe and Confident in a Changing World, by Stanley I. Greenspan.
When faced with circumstances utterly beyond our control, it's hard enough for adults to remain grounded; children can have an even more difficult time of it when their parents are feeling this way. The Secure Child doesn't promise to make everything all right, but it does provide some basic guidelines that can help pull families in crisis more tightly together. The first chapter introduces four basic principals: spending time together, expressing feelings, reassurance, and helping others. Whether your child is 2 or 17, these fundamentals vary only in the presentation, and specific details are addressed to each age group in later chapters. Author Stanley Greenspan discusses the characteristics that secure children show, and how those traits are expressed at every age. Also incorporated are simple ways - through play, daily chats, and volunteer activities - that allow parents to easily interact with their kids to relieve tension and supply real nurturing. Elementary parenting techniques are used, with reminders about choosing your battles, maintaining empathy, and setting limits attached to age-appropriate actions. 160 pages.



The Challenging Child: Understanding, Raising, and Enjoying the Five "Difficult" Types of Children, by Stanley I. Greenspan and Jacqueline Salmon.
Most children fall into five basic personality types that stem from inborn physical characteristics: the sensitive child, the self-absorbed child, the defiant child, the inattentive child, and the active/aggressive child. Stanley Greenspan, M.D., is the first to show parents how to match their parenting to the challenges of their particular child. He identifies and vividly describes these five universal temperaments and then, with great empathy, shows parents how each of these children actually experiences the world and how to use daily childrearing to enhance an individual child's strengths and talents. 318 pages.



The Growth of the Mind: And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence, by Stanley I. Greenspan and Beryl Lieff Benderly.
The study of children's minds got off track, Greenspan thinks, when investigators started watching youngsters putting pegs in holes rather than taking part in interpersonal actions. Greenspan's major thesis is that emotional relatedness is a substantial element in the child's mental development. He demonstrates the importance of emotions not only in the child's relations with family members but also in education, socializing, conflict resolution, and the prevention of violence both between individuals and in groups. Emotions, Greenspan argues, play roles in the organization of experience and behavior and even in the conceiving of abstractions; indeed, emotions affect the entire structure of personality (the fundamental limitation of artificial intelligence is that a computer can't experience emotion). Until educators learn how to foster the individual child's emotional growth, he maintains, they will continue to shortchange the future of our country. 364 pages.



The First Idea: How Symbols, Language, and Intelligence Evolved from our Primate Ancestors to Modern Humans, by Stanley I. Greenspan and Stuart G. Shanker.
When and how did humans acquire the faculty of symbolic thinking? In this study of the origin of human intelligence, the nature-versus-nurture conundrum is no closer to resolution. However, the nurture side of the debate does get a boost here. Greenspan and Shanker, a child psychiatrist and a philosopher, respectively, explicate their 16-level "functional/emotional" framework to support the evidence about human intelligence that they have gathered from the fields of child development, animal (especially chimpanzee) communication, paleoanthropology, sociology, and the history of philosophy. Apart from building their construct, Greenspan and Shanker challenge the nature champions, such as neuroscientists Joseph LeDoux (The Emotional Brain, 1996) and Steven Pinker (The Blank Slate, 2002). Public-library interest is apt to be spotty yet definite for this rather formidable read (main ideas are expressed in polysyllabic phrases such as "co-regulated reciprocal emotional interactions"), especially with research-oriented readers willing to discern, as the authors do, millions of years of social (rather than genetic) evolution in a toddler's amazing mental growth. 504 pages.



The Four-Thirds Solution: Solving the Childcare Crisis in America Today, by Stanley I. Greenspan and Jacqueline Salmon.
Enabling parents to provide "daily doses" of quality time with their kids often proves as tough as getting kids to eat their daily requirements of fruits and vegetables. But try we must, insists infant and child development expert Stanley Greenspan, MD, author of The Four-Thirds Solution. Drawing from enlightening research (including his own extensive studies) on the emotional and intellectual development of the very young, Greenspan shows the significance of consistent, loving interaction between child and caregiver-- levels rarely achieved in the majority of American daycare facilities. With passion and urgency, Greenspan shows that America's increased dependence on out- of-home childcare (what he calls "our social experiment") poses serious threats to our youth's long-term development, and ultimately, to our society. Simply put, his "four-thirds solution" serves as a metaphor for rearranging work schedules, allowing parents more time at home. Six real-life scenarios show how different families (including a divorced couple) interpreted the solution, struggled with the changes, and eventually reaped the rewards. Along the way, the Ittleson Prize-winning doctor nimbly debates skeptics and challenges corporations and government to rebalance their priorities. Guilt-inducing? Perhaps, but if Four-Thirds compels parents to spend even one- third more time with their child, it's guilt well invested. 256 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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