Challenging kids don’t behave badly on purpose—they are simply struggling to “catch up” in key areas of psychological and cognitive development. If your child or teen’s emotional or behavioral difficulties are getting in the way of success at home, at school, or in social situations, this is the book for you. Dr. Michael Bloomquist has spent decades helping parents to understand acting-out kids and support their healthy development. In these pages, he presents tried-and-true ways you can build your 5- to 17-year-old’s skills to:
Follow rules and behave honestly.
Curb angry outbursts.
Make and maintain friendships.
Express feelings productively.
Stay on task at school.
Resolve conflicts with siblings.
Loads of checklists, worksheets, and troubleshooting tips help you select and implement the strategies that meet your child’s specific needs. You’ll also build your own skills for parenting effectively when the going gets tough. Systematic, compassionate, and practical, the book is grounded in state-of-the-art research. The road to positive changes for your child and family starts here.
Mental health professionals, see also the related title Practitioner Guide to Skills Training for Struggling Kids.
"Dr. Bloomquist speaks frankly to parents and emphasizes ways to overcome barriers to change, such as a child's protests against following rules. He also helps you learn to cope with your own emotional reactions in difficult family situations." --John E. Lochman, PhD, ABPP, Director, Center for Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems, University of Alabama
"Bloomquist draws on a wealth of experience in both research and applied settings. Strengths of this parent guide include its focus on children's and teens' competencies across a broad age span; the inclusion of strategies to enhance parental well-being and family functioning; and the emphasis on skills building for both children and parents. Highly recommended!"--Robert J. McMahon, PhD, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, and Child and Family Research Institute, Canada
Michael Bloomquist, PhD Associate Professor Clinical Child Psychologist Education & Training -Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology - Illinois Institute of Technology -Clinical Child Psychology internship - Duke University Medical Center Clinical Interests Dr. Bloomquist provides psychological evaluations, therapy, and program consultation...Read More
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