The Explosive Child

The Explosive Child

A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Book - 2014
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A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

What's an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration--crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication--but to no avail. They can't figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don't work for theirs; and they don't know what to do instead.



Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren't attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren't passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.



Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don't work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene's Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2014]
Edition: Fifth edition
ISBN: 9780062270450
Branch Call Number: 649.153 GRE
Characteristics: xvii, 280 pages ; 21 cm

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SUSHI
Feb 02, 2019

The intent of this book is to medicate children who are considered inflexible or difficult. If you examine chapter 9 the author recommends stimulants, antidepressantd and the most toxic drug Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug that will crush your child’s spirit and life. There is no evidence of brain dysfunction or disability. It is a smokescreen. If your child is out of control read Ritalin Is Not The Answer by David Stein. If you like collaboration methods, read How to Tslk to Your Kids So They Will Listen. This book includes expectations or consequences for bad behavior, in addition to respectful dialogue which all children need to learn.

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monicafrigon
Sep 22, 2018

There are too many anecdotal stories which take up about two thirds of the book. I found they were far too specific to be relevant to my child. I ended up skimming to nearly the end to get to the "meat" of the book. The solutions presented were quite vague. There were a few good points but the book could have been summarized in one chapter. I wish someone would make a Cole's Notes version of this.

frosty73 Jan 20, 2012

If you have an explosive child--- and you will know if you do--- these techniques can help calm the storms. Very clear, thorough explanations of why your child is misbehaving. Careful explanation of how to work with them to resolve their frustrations (and yours!)
A life-changing book.

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