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Pathways to Competence

This new edition of a guide to social and emotional development of young children gives readers everything they need to understand social and emotional development and how to support it.Healthy social and emotional development in young children, an area in which interest is always growing, is a crucial part of ensuring positive developmental outcomes later in life. In this resource, professionals, para-professionals, home visitors, and students fully address this aspect of child development, discovering not only how to interact positively with children and their families, but also how to improve parents' interactions with their children. Readers explore 9 social and emotional domains of children from birth to 6 years: a sense of body self; attachment to caregivers; play and imagination; language and communication; self-esteem; morality and conscience; emotion regulation; concentration and problem solving; and, empathy and prosocial behavior.
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Sarah Landy is Head of the Infant and Preschool Program, Hincks Centre for Children's Mental Health, and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto.


"An outstanding book . . . unique in its multifaceted presentation of children's developmental, biological and temperament theories, research on brain development, as well as environmental models of social learning and family relationships."--Carolyn Webster-Stratton, Ph.D."Professor and Director, Parenting Clinic, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle" (12/15/2008) ."..a fine presentation highly recommended for any collection catering to early learning professionals."--Diane C. Donovan"California Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review" (06/29/2009) "Thorough, clear, judicious, and thoughtful examination of research and clinical evidence regarding early child development." --Alice Sterling Honig, Ph.D. "I'm extremely impressed . . . Dr. Landy presents an extensive body of foundational background, detailed developmental information, and a menu of practical suggestions for encouraging healthy social and emotional competence." --Jane Squires, Ph.D.

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