When Your Child Needs Help: A Parent's Guide to Therapy for Children

Norma Doft, Author, Barbara Aria, With
Norma Doft, Author, Barbara Aria, With Harmony $18 (0p) ISBN 978-0-517-58046-2
Reviewed on: 02/03/1992
Release date: 02/01/1992
Paperback - 244 pages - 978-0-517-88169-9
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Children face many challenges on the path from infancy to adulthood, and sometimes these prove to be more than they can cope with. When this happens, a parent may have to make the difficult decision to seek professional help. Collaborating with New York freelancer Aria, Doft, a child psychologist, provides valuable guidelines for parents to use in determining whether a child is feeling unduly harsh growing pains, and when professional intervention is needed. She suggests how to choose the therapist best suited to the needs of a young patient. And she mentions many examples from her own experience to illustrate not only what a child is likely to experience in therapy, but what a parent's role should be. Doft devotes a lot of attention to the contributions of parents to successful therapy: where they should bolster the work being done, and how they can cope with concomitant problems of their own. Finally, she discusses progress, regression and terminating therapy. Recognizing that a child needs emotional help may be a wrenching step to take, but Doft's book will reassure parents who must take it. (Feb.)
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