The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth

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Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 1998-01-06
Publisher(s): Da Capo Lifelong Books
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Stanley Greenspan, internationally known for his work with infants, young children, and their families, and his colleague, nationally recognized child psychologist Serena Wieder, have for the first time integrated their award-winning research and clinical experience into a definitive guide to raising children with special needs. In this essential work they lay out a complete, step-by-step approach for parents, educators, and others who work with developmental problems. Covering all kinds of disabilitiesincluding autism, PPD, language and speech problems, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and ADDthe authors offer a new understanding of the nature of these challenges and also specific ways of helping children extend their intellectual and emotional potential.The authors first show how to move beyond labels to observe the unique profilestrengths and problemsof the individual child. Next, they demonstrate the techniques necessary to help the child not only reach key milestones but also develop new emotional and intellectual capacities. Greenspan's well-known "floortime" approach enables parents, as well as clinicians, to use seemingly playful interactions that help children actually move up the development ladder and often master creative and abstract thinking formerly thought beyond their reach. Including vivid case histories, the book also offers deep and compassionate understanding of the stresses and rewards involved in raising a child with special needs.whose amazing work with autistic and other special needs children is nationally known, and his colleague, child psychologist Serena Wieder, have integrated a lifetime of research and clinical practice into a single, comprehensive guide for parents. Covering all kinds of disabilitiesincluding cerebral palsy, autism, retardation, ADD, PDD, and language problemsthe book offers specific ways of helping all children reach their full intellectual and emotional potential.First the authors show how to move beyond the label and observe the strengths and problems of the particular child and the key milestones that must be reached. Next, they move step by step through the techniques necessary to help the child reach these milestones and show how to tailor these to each child. Finally, with a deep and compassionate understanding they outline the marital, educational, and social stresses and rewards in raising a special needs child.

Author Biography

Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Science, and Pediatrics at the George Washington University Medical School; a practicing child psychiatrist; and supervising child psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Discovering Each Child's Unique Strengths, Developmental Capacities, and Challengesp. 17
Moving beyond the Labelp. 19
Biological Challengesp. 34
Observing Each Child: Biological Challenges and Strengthsp. 56
The Six Milestonesp. 70
Observing Each Child: The Six Milestonesp. 91
Observing Yourselvesp. 98
Emotion and Interaction: Keys to the Development of Intelligence, Sense of Self, and Social Capacitiesp. 106
Encouraging Emotional and Intellectual Growthp. 119
The Floor-Time Approachp. 121
Floor Time I: Attention, Engagement, and Intimacy Helping a Child Become Interested in the World and Connect with Peoplep. 132
Floor Time II: Two-Way Communication Helping a Child Communicate with Gestures and Expressionsp. 160
Floor Time III: Feelings and Ideas Helping a Child Develop and Express Feelings and Ideasp. 190
Floor Time IV: Logical Thinking Helping a Child Connect Ideas and Develop a Logical Understanding of the Worldp. 231
Strengthening Biologically Based Processing Abilitiesp. 293
Going to Sleep, Toilet Training, and Other Difficult Challengesp. 302
Special-Needs Syndromesp. 339
Family, Therapy, and Schoolp. 351
Marital Challengesp. 353
Family Challengesp. 361
An Integrated Approach to Therapyp. 377
School and Other Childrenp. 403
What Can We Expect?p. 433
Floor-Time Strategies: A Quick Referencep. 439
Food Sensitivities and Chemical Exposuresp. 444
Developmental Patterns and Outcomes in Infants and Children with Disorders of Relating and Communicating: A Chart Review of 200 Cases of Children with Autistic Spectrum Diagnosesp. 449
Indexp. 485
About the Authorsp. 495
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