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Skills Training for Children with Behavior Problems, Revised Edition: A Parent and Practitioner Guidebook [Paperback]

Michael L. Bloomquist PhD


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Oct. 20 2005 159385143X 978-1593851439 Revised Edition, (Lay-Flat Paperback)
Grounded in the latest developmental knowledge and best practices, the revised edition of this popular guide addresses a broader array of behavior and adjustment difficulties and has been rewritten to be even more user-friendly. A wealth of practical tools are provided to build self-control in struggling children and teens; get social, emotional, and academic development back on track; and reduce family stress. Including over 25 reproducibles in a large-size format with layflat binding, the book is ideal for practitioners collaborating with families in clinic, school, or community settings, and also can be used by parents on their own.

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"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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource! Aug. 14 2009
By J. Green - Published on Amazon.com
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As a parent of a defiant child who tests everything, this book has been very helpful for our family. Dr. Bloomquist's book is well organized and straightforward, offering useful tools for teaching appropriate behavior. Most children pick up on social and emotional development cues from those around them, but for children who do not learn these skills as easily, this book is a great help in showing how to teach social/emotional skills.

Bloomquist begins with an explanation of various adjustment and behavior problems in children. Next, there is a section that includes a questionnaire to aide in determining your child's needed area(s) of focus for skills training (self-control, social development, emotional development, academic development, and parent personal well-being), which I found very useful in determining which areas of focus should be of highest priority for my child.

The following sections cover each of the above focus areas in detail. Sections are broken down into step by step actions to take in order to help your child develop skills in the area (ex: teach a child to perform positive social behavior by determining the target behavior, explain it in children's terminology, demonstrate the behavior, and role play the behavior with your child until s/he fully understands the target behavior).

Having a child with behavior problems can be exhausting and I especially appreciated Bloomquist's section called, "Improving Parent Well-Being." He offers specific steps to help parents realize how even unhelpful thoughts can impede their child's success and shows us how to counter these thoughts by rethinking them in a more helpful manner.

There are helpful charts included in each section, but they are not elaborate and time consuming for parents to use. I have found that they help my child to be more reflective of her actions and how they affect her and others.

I highly recommend this book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpfull July 13 2008
By A. Koç - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Just in two words. "Really Helpfull"... As a therapist I recommend it for anyone who is working with children. Helpfull for parents, helpfull for professionals...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Resource! Nov. 7 2009
By Erik J. Fostino - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I recieved the book a couple of days ago and are already implementing the techniques with my clients and their parents. I work with children who have academic and behavior problems in school and I find this a valuable resource in not only finding ways to help the child, but ways to help the parents as well. I can't wait to use more of this resource!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review of book for child behavioral problems Feb. 18 2007
By Katherine S. Tomlinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book has been a godsend to my family. My daughter (14) has had learning disabilities along with ADD. She had lost her confidence in herself because schoolwork and homework seemed so hard. She began to just plain old not do it. The methods and practical methods in this booke have given her the insentive and self-disciplin to work again. Her grades are gradually improveing. So glad we tried it. It was recommended by a social worker at my daughter's school.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Using this book in Practice Dec 12 2007
By GBlakemore - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has helped in my practice especially during the times when my clients are at camp and other activities and I won't see them for a while.

This book gives parents "homework" to use with the child as well as track the child's behavior to report at our next appointment.

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