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Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Young Children
Effective Interventions in the Preschool and Kindergarten Years

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ISBN 9781462529346
Published March 27, 2017 by Guilford Press
256 Pages

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Book Description

Presenting interventions that are practical, effective, and easy to implement in educational and clinical settings, this book addresses the most frequently encountered emotional and behavioral problems in 3- to 6-year-olds. Strategies for collaborating with parents are emphasized. Practitioners are taken step by step through assessing and treating conduct problems, anxiety and other internalizing problems, and everyday concerns involving toileting, eating, and sleep. In a convenient large size format, the book includes user-friendly features include 36 reproducible parent handouts, assessment forms, and other clinical tools. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition
*Reflects over a decade of research advances, plus new assessments and interventions.
*Updated for DSM-5.
*Chapter on intervention within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).
*Chapter on referral procedures for complex problems.
*Mindfulness techniques for both parents and children.
*Cutting-edge ways to use acceptance and commitment therapy principles and motivational interviewing with parents.
*23 new or revised reproducible tools.

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by Sandra M. Chafouleas.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Problems of Young Children
2. Assessment of Mental Health Issues
3. Treatment of Externalizing/Conduct Problems
4. Treatment of Internalizing Problems
5. Managing and Preventing Everyday Problems
6. Academic and Behavioral Interventions and Supports in the Classroom
7. Referral Issues and Conclusion

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Melissa L. Holland, PhD, is Assistant Professor of School Psychology at California State University, Sacramento, and has a private practice specializing in work with children, adolescents, and their families. She previously worked in mental health clinics; community, child, and family agencies; a major medical center; and a Head Start program providing assessment and intervention services to children and their families. Her publications focus on the emotional health of children. Dr. Holland also presents workshops at regional and national conferences on children’s mental health and consults in schools on social-emotional learning and the use of mindfulness and cognitive and behavioral strategies with students.

Jessica Hawks, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Hawks provides outpatient behavioral health services to children, adolescents, and families presenting with a wide spectrum of behavioral health disorders within the Pediatric Mental Health Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her research, clinical work, and publications focus on disruptive behavior disorders, parenting interventions, pediatric psychology (particularly chronic pain conditions and functional disorders), and program development pertaining to preventative and transdiagnostic approaches to pediatric behavioral health.

Gretchen Gimpel Peacock, PhD is Professor and Department Head of Psychology at Utah State University. She served as program director of the School Psychology Program from 1997 to 2009. Her research, publications, and professional presentations focus on child behavior problems and associated family issues, as well as professional issues in school psychology. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of several school psychology and related journals. Dr. Gimpel Peacock is coauthor of School Psychology for the Twenty-First Century, Second Edition, and Emotional and Behavioral Problems of Young Children, Second Edition, and coeditor of Practical Handbook of School Psychology, among other books.


"As a former parent educator and nursery school teacher, as well as a school psychologist and professor, I think this is an excellent 'go-to' book for clinicians or educators who work with young children. The chapter on evaluation provides a thorough review of most assessment tools used with young children, along with helpful information about observing children and interviewing teachers and parents. Chapters on specific mental health issues are illustrative of the authors' multifaceted approach, and are filled with intervention recommendations that have been proven effective. Throughout, the detailed discussions of how to work with parents are themselves worth the price of the book!"--Catherine Christo, PhD, College of Education (Emeritus), California State University, Sacramento

"This 'must-read' second edition provides clear, data-driven suggestions for a wide audience of child practitioners, ranging from preprofessional trainees to seasoned clinicians. If you are looking for a comprehensive, up-to-date resource on how to intervene with young children who present with problem behavior in the school or home setting, then this book should be your choice. The content is in keeping with the current movement toward transdiagnostic approaches in child clinical and school psychology. The interventions are modular, context specific, and tailored appropriately for young children."--Kurt D. Michael, PhD, Department of Psychology, Appalachian State University

"A wonderful resource for both private practice and school settings. The authors clearly outline evidence-based assessment strategies and interventions for common emotional and behavioral problems in young children. They address the critical component of how to implement the methods within schoolwide systems such as MTSS. This is essential reading for practitioners who want to learn more about specific strategies to help families."--Kira Christensen, MS, LEP, school psychologist, San Juan Unified School District, California

"This important work will prove invaluable to seasoned practitioners as well as psychology graduate students. I appreciate the practical guidance it offers to a range of clinical concerns, and am certain that mental health professionals will find it immediately useful in their work with young children and their parents."--Stephen E. Brock, PhD, NCSP, Professor and School Psychology Program Coordinator, Department of Graduate and Professional Studies in Education, California State University, Sacramento
-The intervention methods...are easy to implement for clinicians working with young children in educational and non-educational settings. (on the first edition)--Metapsychology Online Reviews, 1/1/2004ƒƒWhen asked to work with preschool and kindergarten-age 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....Its concise but evidence-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. (on the first edition)--NASP Communiqué, 1/1/2004ƒƒThe 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 to academicians teaching behavioral interventions with young children and their parents. (on the first edition)--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 1/1/2004