"This book has been an invaluable resource in my clinical practice, and I welcome the publication of the revised edition. Incorporating the most current theories and techniques in the field, Dr. Bloomquist has shifted the focus away from pathology and toward appreciating the developmental pathways of each child. But the basic foundation remains the same: parents are in the best position to help their children and should be afforded the best strategies and opportunities to do so. This straightforward, easy-to-read, jargon-free volume is a practical and valuable resource for parents and professionals alike. The user-friendly framework, planning strategies, reproducible charts, and effective ways of measuring change help make this one of the most often used books on my desk."--Sam Goldstein, PhD, Neurology, Learning, and Behavior Center and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
"I like the way Dr. Bloomquist looks at children as 'struggling' rather than putting them into a box or labeling them because of a set of symptoms. So many times I have had to have my child tested, evaluated, and categorized, when all I wanted was to find solutions to problems. Dr. Bloomquist's very concise, step-by-step Success Plans help parents do just that. Many procedures in books sound easy to implement, but the ones in this book really are written with an understanding of parents' predicaments. Dr. Bloomquist suggests practical ideas that parents can readily execute and advises them to seek extra help when needed. I think this approach empowers parents."--Lois L., mother
"This is an eminently usable book for professionals and parents, with straightforward directions for determining what help children may need and how to intervene effectively. Dr. Bloomquist clarifies the central role of parents in teaching children the skills they need, as well as the supports that parents need as they assume this responsibility. Professionals will appreciate the specific guidance provided to them in how to use the exercises, charts, and checklists as parts of clinical protocols. The skills Dr. Bloomquist details are fundamental to social, emotional and educational competence. That makes this a book of great hope: the struggling child can become a competent, successful child. And families, too often blamed as the source of their children's difficulties, can be supported in doing the patient, thoughtful work needed to achieve this success."--Glenace Edwall, PsyD, PhD, Minnesota Department of Human Service, Saint Paul, Minnesota
"Dr. Bloomquist has provided a thorough and comprehensive structure for parents to address skills development for children with behavior problems. Particularly noteworthy are the emphasis on developmental issues related to children's presenting concerns, the positive orientation, and the case illustrations that bring to life the essential points of the guidebook. This is an invaluable resource for practitioners who consult with parents or run parenting support groups or workshops. It certainly is an added bonus that the charts in each chapter are readily accessible to parents and practitioners."--Sandra L. Christenson, PhD, School Psychology Program, University of Minnesota
About the Author
Michael L. Bloomquist, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. He has extensive applied and research experience in prevention and treatment activities with children exhibiting behavior problems. Dr. Bloomquist is a coinvestigator on several longitudinal studies examining the development of children with aggression, as well as evaluating the effects of comprehensive prevention programs. He is the coauthor of [i]Helping Children with Aggression and Conduct Problems[/i], and has coauthored articles in peer-reviewed journals.