Child Psychology and Development For Dummies

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A complete and comprehensive guide to why kids behave and think theway they do-and how to bring out the best in them.

In the U.S., more than 10% of children are diagnosed withpsychiatric disorders, while countless others remain undiagnosed.Defining what is "normal" and what is not is of great concern toanyone who works with, guides, nurtures, teaches, or parentschildren.

With new discoveries in mental disorders that affect children,Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides aninformational guide to cognitive development at every stage of achild's life, as well as how to diagnose, treat, and overcome thecognitive barriers that impede learning and development.

  • How to identify and treat mental disorders
  • Covers behavior disorders, autism, attention deficit disorder,reading disabilities, bipolar disorder, and more
  • Guidance on helping a child control impulses, develop selfesteem, and have good relationships

An essential guide for parents, teachers, and caregivers,Child Psychology & Development For Dummies provides adetailed overview of an average child's cognitive development, howto detect abnormalities, and what to do next.

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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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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Feb 9, 2011
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781118032213
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / General
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
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Unfortunately, such naïve armchair psychology rarely worksfor someone suffering from the very real plight of depression. Allit does is seek to trivialize depression and characterize depressedpeople as "whiners" who have nothing better to do than to "complainabout their lives." But the truth is, depression is a very realproblem. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that, onany given day, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression.And depression rates continue to increase – forexample, kids exhibit depression at nearly ten times the rate ofprevious generations. Theories abound as to why depression ratesare increasing, but regardless of the cause, this scourge continuesto rob its victims of happiness, joy, and the capacity to give andreceive love.

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