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1. Introduction to Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Problems of Young Children Overview of Disorders Externalizing Problems Internalizing Problems Other Problems Abuse and Neglect Pervasive Developmental Disorders Summary of Problems Prevalence and Definition Issues Stability of Behavior Problems Predictors of Problems Predictors of Externalizing Problems Predictors of Internalizing Problems Chapter Summary/Purpose of Book 2. Assessment of Mental Health Issues in Preschool and Kindergarten Children Interviews with Parents and Teachers Parent/Caregiver Interviews Teacher/Daycare Worker Interviews Interviews with Young Children Rapport Building/Initial Information Gathering Context of the Interview Mental Status Examination Rating Scales Child Behavior Checklist and Teacher?s Report Form Behavior Assessment System for Children Conners? Rating Scales Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory Social Skills Rating System Attention Deficit Disorder Evaluation Scale ADHD-Symptoms Rating Scale ADHD Rating Scale?IV Limitations of Rating Scales Direct Observation Defining Observable Behaviors Structured Observations Formal Observations Chapter Summary 3. Treatment of Externalizing/Acting-Out Problems Parent Training as an Intervention for Externalizing Problems Overview Initial Considerations Conducting Parent Training Group Parent Training Preschool and Kindergarten-Based Behavioral Intervention Programs Social Skills Interventions Prevention / Early Intervention Programs Chapter Summary 4. Treatment of Internalizing Problems Overview of Common Fears, Phobias, and Anxieties Treatment of Anxiety Problems in Young Children Specific Phobia Separation Anxiety, Including Early School or Daycare Refusal Selective Mutism Overview of Depressive Symptoms Prevention of Childhood Depression Treatment of Depressive Symptoms Chapter Summary 5. Managing and Preventing Everyday Problems Toileting Toilet Training Enuresis Encopresis Feeding / Eating Problems and Interventions Treatment of Typical Feeding Problems Pica Rumination Sleep Problems Problems Initiating Sleep Arousal Disorders Chapter Summary 6. Working with Young Children Who Have Been Abused Overview of Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse and Neglect Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Neglect Psychological Abuse Effects of Child Abuse Physical Effects Psychological Effects Interventions for Abused Young Children Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment of PTSD in Young Children Prevention Methods for Parents and Teachers Chapter Summary References Index


"Grounded in research and chock full of practical advice, this concise and well-organized volume is an absolute 'must' for any professional whose work touches on the mental health of preschool and kindergarten children. Undergraduate and graduate students, too, will appreciate the step-by-step manner in which the authors provide guidance, even to the level of ready-to-use instruction sheets for parents, behavioral coding sheets for clinicians, and sample wording for delicate situations. I simply can't imagine any reader who wouldn't breathe a sigh of relief at having found such a complete and useable resource."--Linda Acredolo, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of California-Davis "This book is unique in that it provides, in one volume, empirically based knowledge and useful forms and handouts for professionals working with young children. Covered are a wide range of prevention and intervention strategies for diverse emotional and behavioral problems that young children may exhibit. The clinical materials provided will help the reader readily apply this information to actual practice. This is an ideal text for graduate-level courses and practica in psychology, social work, counseling, and other fields related to early childhood problems and treatment."--Mark D. Shriver, PhD, Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center "This book is a practical guide to the understanding and treatment of many common problems of early childhood. As a school counselor at the elementary level, I see this book as a valuable desk reference for school counselors and psychologists. Easy-to-access charts, tables, and forms at the end of each chapter add to the practical nature of this book and increase its usefulness to the busy professional."--Janice Miller, MEd, elementary school counselor, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania "The intervention methods...are easy to implement for clinicians working with young children in educational and non-educational settings....provides parents who are concerned about the emotional or behavioral development of their children with practical, effective and applicable information....helpful, practical resource for anybody who works with children in the preschool and kindergarten years."--"Metapsychology" "When asked to work with preschool and kindergarten-aged students at risk for emotional and behavior problems, many psychologists often feel poorly prepared due to a lack of training and/or experience. This concise book helps fill this void by providing psychologists with a reference that addresses both assessment and intervention design for this population....Gimpel and Holland provide the practitioner with a user-friendly, practical guide for working with young children at risk for emotional and behavioral problems. Its concise but evidenced-based format provides a valuable resource for psychologists, as well as highlighting the need for early intervention. The inclusion of handouts, formats and forms to assist the practitioner in assessment and/or intervention design is a welcome addition that most will find conducive to practice."--"Communique" "The up-to-date knowledge about the emotional and behavioral problems of young children is presented here in a clear and systematic way....hands-on advice is given for parent training and child behavioral training. Teacher training and advice on teacher-parent communication are also part of the didactic goal of the book....I recommend this book to clinicians and educators experienced in dealing with young children and toacademicians teaching behavioral interventions with young children and their parents."--"Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic"

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