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What Babies Say Before They Can Talk : The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings - Paul Holinger

What Babies Say Before They Can Talk

The Nine Signals Infants Use to Express Their Feelings

By: Paul Holinger, Kalia Doner (As told to)
eBook Published: 1st September 2009
ISBN: 9781439123812
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How many times have you held your fussing or crying baby and thought, "Come on, please tell me what's going on with you!"

Well, your infant does tell you.

In What Babies Say Before They Can Talk, Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been studying children and their emotions for more than twenty-five years, explains how infants communicate with us, and we with them.

Dr. Holinger decodes the nine easily identifiable signals -- interest, enjoyment, surprise, distress, anger, fear, shame, disgust (a reaction to bad tastes), and dissmell (a reaction to bad smells) -- that all babies use to express their needs and wants. These insights will aid parents in discerning what their baby is feeling. This book can help all parents become more confident and self-aware in their interactions with their children, create positive communication, and put the joy back into parenting.

This is a unique work. It provides a foundation for understanding feelings and behavior. Based on emerging research, What Babies Say Before They Can Talk offers parents a new perspective on their babies' sense of the world and the people around them. The goal of this book is to help parents enhance their infants' potential, prevent problems, and raise happy, healthy, responsible children.

About the Author

Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H., is a psychiatrist and child/adult psychoanalyst. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago. He is also Faculty, Training/Supervising Analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

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Pamela C. Cantor, Ph.D. Harvard Medical School author of Understanding Children and Youth If I could own only one book on parenting and children, What Babies Say Before They Can Talk would be it!


INTRODUCTION: My Journey: On the Road to Raising Happy, Capable, Responsible Children

PART ONE: Understanding Your Infant...and Yourself

ONE: Welcome to Baby's World

TWO: The Foundation of Feelings: The Nine Basic Signals

THREE: Responding to Your Infant's Signals: The Five Keys

FOUR: Responding to Signals As Your Child Grows: Watching the Vocabulary Become
More Complex

FIVE: Cultivating Compatibility: How Understanding the Signals Helps You and Your Child Get Along

SIX: Encouraging Playfulness

SEVEN: "I Want to Be Like You, Mom and Dad!": How and Why Children Identify with Their Parents

EIGHT: Building Your Child's Self-Esteem

NINE: Turning Off Your Parenting Autopilot...: Identifying and Dealing with Your Assumptions About Being a Mom or a Dad

TEN: ...And Becoming a Clued-In Parent: Getting to Know Your Child

PART TWO: The Signals

Signals of Fun:

ELEVEN: Interest

TWELVE: Enjoyment

THIRTEEN: Surprise Signals for Help:

FOURTEEN: Distress




EIGHTEEN: Disgust and Dissmell

NINETEEN: Beyond Signals: When Language Emerges and the Signals Transform into Words

TWENTY: Reflections on Discipline and Limits

EPILOGUE: As Your Child Gets Older...


A Guide to Further Insights




ISBN: 9781439123812
ISBN-10: 1439123810
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 2009
Publisher: Touchstone