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Infants, Toddlers, and Families : A Framework for Support and Intervention - Martha Farrell Erickson

Infants, Toddlers, and Families

A Framework for Support and Intervention

Paperback Published: 6th March 2002
ISBN: 9781572307780
Number Of Pages: 204

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The first three years of life play a crucial role in setting the stage for later adjustment and success. For children with disabilities, children at risk, and even for healthy infants and toddlers born into well-functioning families, support and early intervention can foster optimal growth and development. This concise and readable guide presents a developmentally sound framework for strengths-based intervention with parents and young children. The volume is filled with practical suggestions for building positive family relationships, cultivating parental knowledge and understanding of child development, and enhancing family support systems. Also featured is an extensive annotated bibliography that describes a wealth of additional resources for professionals and parents. Grounded in research and informed by wisdom from the field, this book provides essential knowledge and skills for professionals and students across a range of health care, social service, and educational disciplines.

"This book is a remarkable achievement and a splendid gift to anyone concerned with strengthening the development of infants, toddlers, and families. The authors fearlessly embrace the complexity of development in the first three years and confront the challenges of sharing the parenting journey with vulnerable families. Straightforward, succinct, and honest, this volume provides a sturdy framework to support the growing knowledge of the student or beginning practitioner, as well as a reliable touchstone for the experienced clinician, supervisor, or instructor. The authors' integrative review of three decades of theory, research, and clinical findings, and their advice on reading the intervention literature with a critical eye, are especially useful. So, too, are the clear descriptions of specific strategies for engaging and supporting families." --Emily Fenichel, MSW, Associate Director, Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Editor Zero to Three

"All too often, books directed at improving the lives of our youngest and most vulnerable children preach, scare, bore, and/or judge. This volume offers welcome relief. The authors' warm, erudite voice is as robust and vital as their subject, exquisitely balancing our attentions between child and parent, context and relationship. They provide a theoretically sound text that is appropriate for any advanced undergraduate or graduate course on early childhood education and intervention. Whether they are enthusiastic newcomers to the field or threatening-to-burn-out veterans, readers are challenged to cross over outmoded categories and curricular restraints. The field is in desperate need of the passion and wisdom contained in this book." --Kyle D. Pruett, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center; President of Zero to Three, National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families

"A comprehensive resource that embraces all infants, toddlers and their families, this book combines a rich blend of theory and research with guidance for frontline practitioners. It will be a wonderful introduction for persons entering the field of infancy and a source of renewal and validation for experienced providers. The resource bibliography alone could serve as the basis for an Infant Studies library! This integrative overview of birth-to-three work is a real 'find' for all early childhood professionals." --Linda Gilkerson, PhD, Professor and Director, Irving B. Harris Infant Studies Program, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL

Early Intervention: Where We've Been and Where We're Goingp. 1
Where We've Beenp. 2
Basic Theory and Research in Child Developmentp. 3
Early Intervention and Disadvantaged Childrenp. 9
Early Intervention and Children with Disabilitiesp. 12
Early Intervention and "Normal" Infants and Toddlersp. 17
Where We're Goingp. 18
Keeping the "Early" in Early Interventionp. 18
Evolving beyond Focusing Only on Cognitive Stimulationp. 19
Becoming Noncategorical and Individualizedp. 20
Moving into a Context Focusp. 20
Focusing on Strengths More Than Deficitsp. 21
Balancing the Needs of the Child with Desires of the Familyp. 21
Employing Collaboration and the Sharing of Resourcesp. 22
Referencesp. 23
A Solid Foundation: Knowledge Bases to Inform Practicep. 27
Intervention Effectiveness Research: How Can We Use It?p. 29
What Were the Measurable Outcomes and How Were They Measured?p. 29
Better Outcomes Compared to What?p. 32
What Actually Happened?p. 34
Intervention Research: What Has It Told Us?p. 35
General Conclusionsp. 35
Recommendations for Practice and Researchp. 36
Clinical Evidence of Effectiveness of Interventionp. 38
Basic Developmental Research: Implications for Interventionp. 39
Summaryp. 46
Referencesp. 47
Identifying and Building on Parenting Strengthsp. 53
A Firm Foundation: Infant-Caregiver Attachmentp. 54
How Attachments Developp. 55
Assessing Quality of Attachmentp. 57
Attachment in Special Populationsp. 61
The Path to Security and Competence: Parental Sensitivityp. 62
Indications of Parental Insensitivityp. 65
Using Videotaping and Guided Viewing to Enhance Sensitivityp. 67
Why Videotape?p. 67
Setting It Upp. 69
Watching and Learning Togetherp. 70
Recognizing Parent Strengthsp. 72
Beyond Attachment: Critical Parenting Behaviors for Optimal Learning and Developmentp. 73
Baby Talk: Facilitating Language Development, Building Memoriesp. 74
Story Time for Babyp. 77
Moving Out into the World: Exploration, Mastery, and Autonomyp. 79
Limit Setting and Behavior Guidancep. 80
Summaryp. 83
Referencesp. 83
Enhancing Parental Knowledge and Understandingp. 89
Knowledge of Early Behavior and Developmentp. 90
Knowledge of Developmental Sequencesp. 92
Encouraging Parents to Sustain Their Own Learningp. 94
Understanding the Developmental Meaning of Child Behaviorp. 95
Practicing Perspective Takingp. 96
Encountering Parental Resistance to New Learningp. 100
Factors That Mitigate Day-to-Day Application of Parental Knowledgep. 101
When the Child Has a Disabilityp. 103
Exploring the Past, Looking to the Futurep. 105
Professional Boundaries and Self-Revelation in Interventionp. 107
Summaryp. 108
Referencesp. 109
Strengthening Family Support Networksp. 113
Basic Principles of Family Supportp. 115
Power: Old Myths and New Insightsp. 117
Service Collaboration for Better Family Supportp. 119
A Resource-Based Approach to Working with Familiesp. 120
Assessing Family Support Resourcesp. 121
Effective Resource-Based Helping Skillsp. 123
Barriers to Using Resources and Strategies to Address These Barriersp. 125
Lack of Information about Resourcesp. 126
Lack of Skill or Confidence to Access Resourcesp. 126
Old Messages That Get in the Wayp. 127
Lack of Problem-Solving Skillsp. 127
Resistance to Advicep. 127
Uncertainty about Goalsp. 128
Lack of Conflict Resolution Skillsp. 128
Lack of Communication Skillsp. 129
Home Visiting as a Family Support Strategyp. 130
Parent Support Groupsp. 131
Building Cultural Competencep. 134
In Ourselvesp. 134
In Our Practicep. 136
Making Our Programs and Agencies User Friendlyp. 138
The Role of the Dominant Culturep. 142
Summaryp. 143
Conclusionp. 144
Referencesp. 145
Resource Bibliographyp. 149
Books and Curriculum/Training Resourcesp. 149
Resource Guidesp. 186
Organizations/Journalsp. 188
Videosp. 195
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9781572307780
ISBN-10: 1572307781
Series: Framework for Support and Intervention
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 6th March 2002
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.3