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The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically I

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Welcome to the third edition of The Explosive Child. Much has happened since the first edition was published in 1998. To begin with, the approach described in these pages now has a name: Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). And to make it easier for people to understand and implement, there have also been a variety of updates to the model, and these changes are presented in this edition. And there’s now a nonprofit organization—the Collaborative Problem Solving Institute—that has been established to help us reach out to more parents, teachers, and others who work with and care about explosive kids. And the Boston Red Sox won the World Series.

This revised edition is still about the same kids: the ones who often exhibit extreme behaviors—intense temper outbursts, noncompliance, verbal and physical aggression—that make life extraordinarily challenging and frustrating for them, their parents, siblings, teachers, and others who interact with them. They have, of course, been described in many ways: difficult, challenging, willful, manipulative, attention-seeking, contrary, intransigent, unmotivated. They may carry any or many of various psychiatric diagnoses, such as oppositionaldefiant disorder (ODD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intermittent explosive disorder, Tourette’s disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, nonverbal learning disability, Asperger’s disorder, and obsessivecompulsive disorder (OCD). But their behavior has typically been very poorly understood.

For a long time the prevailing view of such behavior has been that it is the by-product of inept parenting practices. But research of the past two decades suggests that the difficulties of explosive children are a lot more complex than previously thought and may emanate from a variety of different factors. We’ve learned a lot about children’s brains in the last twenty years; it’s time for what we do to help them to be a reflection of what we now know about them. By the way, while the title of this book suggests that the content is relevant only to children who explode, the CPS model is applicable equally to children who withdraw, cry, or “implode.”

In writing this and the first two editions of The Explosive Child, my goal has been to provide an enlightened understanding of the children and, flowing from this understanding, to describe a practical, comprehensive approach aimed at decreasing adversarial interactions between explosive children and their adult caretakers at home and in school.

The kids haven’t changed all that much since I worked with my first explosive child a long time ago, but my approach to helping them and their parents and teachers is a lot different. And it works a lot better.

As always, the only prerequisite is an open mind.

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Contents of this book The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically I

  • Epigraph iii
  • Acknowledgments vii
  • Preface of Download The Explosive Child PDF xi
  • 1 The Waffle Episode 1
  • 2 Children Do Well If They Can 11
  • 3 Pathways and Triggers 23
  • 4 Pathways and Triggers Brought to Life 49
  • 5 The Truth About Consequences 73
  • 6 Plan B 85
  • 7 Learning Curves 131
  • 8 Teach Your Children Well 177
  • 9 Family Matters 205
  • 10 Better Living Through Chemicals 231
  • 11 The Plan B Classroom 243
  • 12 Now Is the Time 271
  • Additional Resources and Support 277
  • About the Author
  • Credits

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