AIMS OF THE BOOK

Dealing with difficult behavior in children and teenagers can be part of the everyday challenge of parenting. While temper tantrums, defiant behaviour and emotional difficulties can all form part of a child's normal development, if such problems persist, they can damage family life and threaten the appropriate development of young people.

Successful Parenting - The Four Step Approach is a friendly and informative guide of 185 pages packed with practical advice and strategies to help you tackle these and many other problems. The book also offers a good understanding of the key skills needed to become a confident and effective parent.

With over 25 years experience as a clinical child psychologist, Dr Thorley offers a unique step-by-step approach on how to deal with a variety of behavioural and emotional problems as well as explaining the theory and practice of good parenting. Using real life case studies and a simple effective approach, The Four Step Approach is an invaluable guide to help parents and carers through the long and adventurous journey of parenting.

WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN WITH MORE SERIOUS PROBLEMS?

The book will be helpful to parents with young people who have mental health and developmental problems such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Depression and Emotional Disorder. These and other disorders tend to make young people more vulnerable to further emotional and behavioural problems. These 'secondary' problems can often be worse than the core problems and so parents of children with such problems will find the book an invaluable source of help.

HOW IS THIS BOOK DIFFERENT?

Parents are constantly bombarded with advice on television, in magazines and books on how they should deal with problems in children and teenagers. This advice is often about using various techniques such as rewards, punishment or improving communications. The trouble is, that however sensible the advice, all children are not the same and neither, for that matter, are all parents. This 'one size fits all' approach is not effective because, it ignores the importance, for example, of a child's personality, social factors, parenting style, parental attitudes and parental values.

WILL I REALLY BE ABLE TO CHANGE MY CHILD'S BEHAVIOUR?

The most important feature of the book is its aim of helping parents to develop skills to change problem behaviours and attitudes. Dr Thorley teaches scientifically proven methods which will enable parents to bring about change as well as ensuring that new problems don't emerge in the future. You don't have to be psychologist to learn these techniques! The book is not just about theory - Dr Thorley gives practical step by step advice on what to do about common problems.

WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS WILL THE BOOK HELP WITH?

Most young people present with difficulties from time to time and if persistent, will need solutions if they are not to interfere with healthy development. The book will be helpful for:
Most young people present with difficulties from time to time and if persistent, will need solutions if they are not to interfere with healthy development. The book will be helpful for:

  • Temper tantrums
  • Oppositional & defiant behaviour
  • Aggressiveness
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Negative attitude
  • Emotional problems
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