SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL: Links & Resources

Self Regulation / Mutual Regulation

Resources for Parents:

Brazelton, T.B. (1992) Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development, Development, Birth to 3—The Essential Reference for the Early Years. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books

Fraiberg, S. H. (1959, 1996) The Magic Years: Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood. New York: Fireside Books.

Lerner, C. et al. (2000) Learning & Growing Together: Understanding Your Child’s Development. Washington, D.C.: ZERO TO THREE Press.

Lieberman, A.F. (1993) The Emotional Life of the Toddler. New York: The Free Press, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Parkian, R. and Seibel, N. L. (2002) Building Strong Foundations: Practical Guidance for Promoting the Social/Emotional Development of Infants and Toddlers. Washington, D.C.: ZERO TO THREE Press.
ZREO TO THREE is a rich and informative website with valuable materials, articles, and books for parents and professionals on all aspects of early development; includes online bookstore with many wonderful resources.

Resources for Children:

Bang, M. (2004) When Sophie Gets Angry — Really, Really Angry… New York: Scholastic, Inc.

Curtis, J. L. (2002) I’m Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem. New York: Harper Collins.

Curtis, J. L. (1998) Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day. New York: Harper Collins.

Viorst, J. (1987) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. New York: Aladdin.

Behavior / Discipline

The Preventive Ounce’s information on understanding temperament in children
Zero to Three’s information on temperament and behavior
University of Missouri primer on guidance
Talaris video resources on guidance and discipline
Ohio State University’s fact sheet on teaching children to resolve conflict

Resources for Professionals:
The New York University Child Study Center (CSC) information on guidance and discipline
University of Minnesota’s Center for Early Education and Development Project information on Social and Emotional Development and Mental Health

Attachment & Relationships

Brazelton, T.B. (1992) Touchpoints: Your Child’s Emotional and Behavioral Development. Boston: Addison-Wesley. (A wonderful, general reference book that covers many topics related to your child’s social and emotional development.)

Lerner, C. and Dombro, A.L. (2000) Learning & Growing Together: Understanding Your Child’s Development. Washington, D.C.: ZERO TO THREE. (A short, easy-to-read book that talks about the first three years and the impact of the parent-child relationship on all areas of a child’s development.)

Lieberman, Alicia (1993) The Emotional Life of the Toddler. New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc. (A must-read for parents of toddlers, or soon to be toddlers filled with wonderful stories and valuable information.)

Social & Emotional

These websites provide information about various therapy approaches:

The Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders (ICDL)
The ICDL website provides information about the Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based (DIR®/Floortime™) Model. This is a framework that helps clinicians, parents, and educators conduct a comprehensive assessment and develop an intervention program tailored to the unique challenges and strengths of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental challenges.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is a treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior.

SAMHSA Health Information Network
The Infant Parent Program (IPP) is a specialty mental health program serving infants, toddlers and their families through San Francisco General Hospital. Relationships between parents and children are the focus of treatment. IPP provides infant-parent services to families in distress through weekly in-home visits. IPP’s approach includes concrete assistance, emotional support, developmental guidance, and psychotherapy.

Association for Play Therapy
Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach to therapy that builds on the normal communicative and learning processes of children. The Association for Play Therapy (APT) is a national professional society with headquarters in Clovis, California.

These books about therapy are for children ages 4–8:

Nemiroff, M. and Annuziata, J. (1990) A Child’s First Book About Play Therapy. Washington, DC: Magination Press, American Psychological Association (APA).

Rashkin, R. and Adamson, B. (2005) Feeling Better: A Kid’s Book About Therapy. Washington, DC: Magination Press, American Psychological Association (APA).

Galvin, M. (1988) Ignatius Finds Help: A Story About Psychotherapy for Children. Washington, DC: Magination Press, American Psychological Association (APA).

Parent Support
Benefits of Year Round Education
United Cerebral Palsy Association
NICHCY website with links to summer camps and programs for children with special needs
Website of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
Website for the Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute