1st Edition

Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child A Skills-Based Book

By Georgia A. DeGangi, Anne Kendall Copyright 2008
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child is a skills-based book for parents who need practical advice from experts, without all the jargon and generalizations. The book provides specific strategies and techniques for children who are intense, highly reactive, and unable to self-calm.

    It integrates various treatment approaches in a clear and accessible manner, and offers the "best kept secrets" from the fields of mental health and occupational therapy. The book emphasizes key concepts and everyday activities that will help children take charge of their problems, and it is an invaluable resource for any parent faced with the challenge of a hard-to-manage child.

    How to Use This Book. The Intense, Irritable Child. Coping with Different Kinds of Anxiety. Mealtime Battles, Picky Eaters and Kids Who Just Won’t Eat. Problems of Falling and Staying Asleep. The Mysteries of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He Won’t Listen and Can’t Finish a Thing! How to Help Your Child with ADHD. The Oppositional Child - You Are Not the Boss of Me! Children with Sensory Overload. The Curious, Clueless, and Disorganized Child. Depression: Trying to Halt a Downward Slide. Embattled Parents: Focusing on Yourself and Your Child. Appendix A: Sensorimotor History Questionnaire. Appendix B: Glossary. Appendix C: Bibliography. Appendix D: Tool Sheets.


    Georgia DeGangi, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is a clinical psychologist and an occupational therapist in private practice at ITS (Integrated Therapy Services) for Children and Families, Inc., in Kensington, MD. She is the author of Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior has over 25 years of experience working with infants, children, and their families.

    Anne Kendall, PhD, MAT, is a school psychologist who also has taught in junior high school, high school, and at the university level. She is currently in private practice in The Wake Kendall Group, a group practice of psychologists and educational diagnosticians.

    "This is a very valuable book for parents who feel out of control with a difficult child.  There are valuable insights into the child’s built-in reasons for being difficult.  And the suggestions for helping the child learn to manage his or her own self-regulation will certainly lead to your goal as a parent—self-control and self-esteem!" - T. Berry Brazelton, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, USA

    "Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child is a wonderful resource for parents struggling to understand their children’s emotional and behavioral issues.  Every chapter first explains common problems, and second provides strategies to assist in management of children’s difficulties." - Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, founder and executive director, SPD Foundation, USA

    "[Effective Parenting for the Hard-to-Manage Child] offer[s] advice for parents culled from decades of clinical practice....useful for parents who are stymied by difficult behavior that occurs habitually or sporadically." - Sandra G. Boodman in Washington Post