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What Your Explosive Child Is Trying to Tell You: Discovering the Pathway from Symptoms to Solutions

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From the author of the groundbreaking The Defiant Child comes the first book to connect explosive behavior—when kids go from Jekyll to Hyde and back in the blink of an eye—with its underlying causes

Does your hitting, kicking, screaming child explode with so little provocation that you can't help but wonder if he’s possessed? Are his extreme tantrums becoming the stuff of
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 02, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it
I liked how this book looks beyond how to handle explosive tantrums themselves, looking at what might be causing them, and how to address the different underlying causes. It covers a LOT of possibilities(transitions, food allergies, defiance (and how defiant and explosive are separate things, although sometimes they overlap in kids), ADHD, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, immaturity, and sleep problems), and the ways of dealing with each one is specific to ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Kami rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! It was amazing to read because it so PERFECTLY described our six year old. She's always been temperamental, but lately it has been overwhelming. And she snaps between happy to RAGING in a blink of an eye. Anyway, I checked out several books, including: The Challenging Child, and The Everything Parent's Guide to the Defiant Child, and this one. The Challenging Child's chapter on the defiant child was useful, but really didn't exactly fit my daughter. And the Everything Parent ...more
Oct 30, 2010 Nmyers rated it it was amazing
One of the best books for discipline of hard to manage children. my favorite part of this book is the discussion of road maps and how they pertain to a child's acting out behavior. I use this in my home and teach it in my graduate level education classes.
Feb 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I may never get around to finishing this book, but I have learned a lot! We have four kids, and the middle two are sooo...explosive! This has really opened my eyes to the WHY, and how I can help them better.
Practical advice especially for Autism-spectrum and disturbed children--and adults. Also useful ideas that can be applied to geriatric patients. Caveate for strategy on p 140-143: screen for sexual abuse before applying this strategy successfully.
Feb 18, 2014 Joanna rated it really liked it
I found this book really helpful in giving useful strategies for parenting an explosive child.
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Jan 19, 2014 Jennifer Bonner rated it it was amazing
I started using the techniques in this book right away with my adopted explosive child and saw immediate results.
Jul 11, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-improvement
Helpful in dealing with my 2 year old all though the book is geared to 3-10 year olds. I like the way he breaks down the chapters, offers examples and ways to address the situtation.
Mar 20, 2013 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, school-books
Very interesting book. It explains may different reasons why a child may be explosive, what to do and examples. Excellent read for parents and teachers of children that are defiant/argumentative and challenging.
Aug 08, 2012 Mo rated it really liked it
I read specific chapters of this book (as recommended by my lovely wife) and found them all to be very enlightening and useful when trying to manage our own little explosive child.
Dec 30, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
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Very instructive. I will think twice before labeling the screaming kid in the grocery store as a "brat", ,now that I know there could be multiple reasons for his explosiveness.
Feb 28, 2015 Betty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
This was not very helpful because it dealt with the younger child.
Apr 30, 2013 Jase rated it really liked it
Closer to 4 and 1/2 stars/
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