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The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  259 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Stanley Greenspan, internationally known for his work with infants, young children, and their families, and his colleague, nationally recognized child psychologist Serena Wieder, have for the first time integrated their award-winning research and clinical experience into a definitive guide to raising children with special needs. In this essential work they lay out a comple ...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published January 6th 1998 by Da Capo Lifelong Books (first published January 5th 1998)
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Aug 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is so packed full of information that I have been reading it for 3 months now. I can only read 5-10 pages at a time, implement what he talks about in those pages and them read a little more. I love the floor-time approach this book teaches. To draw the child into your world and learn to enjoy interaction.
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Mar 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Learn about floortime and how you can do so much to work with a child with special needs. Can we clone Dr. Greenspan?
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of good advice for parents of special needs kids in this book. My minor criticisms are that while the book claims to be for all special needs kids, it feels like it’s really aimed at kids on the autism spectrum, with other special needs as an afterthought. And the case studies if parents following the advice of the book and seeing huge progress with their kids, while meant to be inspiring, eventually feels like it takes on an undertone of blaming the parents of kids who don’t make huge prog ...more
This had nothing new for me. I would love to see an update, because I think there is much that can be added to make this a really useful book for parents. This may be useful as one of the first books after a diagnosis. It mostly focuses on IDD, but there are some other issues discussed as well. This was published early in the days of SPD and calls it SID. I could have given it more stars...it wasn't bad, just not what I was looking for. ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book would have been more beneficial if my child was younger....geared for younger children.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Thick, dense read. I've started and stopped a dozen times. Takes time to digest. I'm considering adding it to my collection of reference books (high praise - I'm picky about what I buy) mainly because I'll need to refer to parts of this work for years...as my children continue to develop.

Revelation: All communication comes from emotional experiences. Emotions are the basis of learning; feelings underlie cognitive learning.

What I like:
charts for observing your child,
Quick reference for floor tim
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found this book very informative and very helpful. It broke down developmental milestones for intellectual and emotional growth that made it a lot easier for me to get a picture of where my son is and where he needs to go. It also has a lot of helpful suggestions for different disorders and challenges that arise when dealing with children with special needs. I would recommend this book to anyone who has contact with children with special needs.
Nicole Martin
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People working with special needs children.
Recommended to Nicole by: A family I used to work with gave me a copy.
Greenspan has developed a really awesome approach to working with children with special needs. I have only used this model when working with children on the Autism spectrum, but it can be used for children with all kinds of challenges.
Jan 30, 2008 is currently reading it
A must-read for anyone who lives or works with a child dealing with developmental or processing disorders. So... probably not many of you. :)
Carol Muleta
This is an excellent resource for parents as they try to sort out their child's needs and devise a strategy for meeting them where they are. ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Brings back memories of child development classes in college. Written with clear milestones, steps and concepts using simple-to-complex strategies.
Jan 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
His floor time approach is interesting and if you have the time a good approach.
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lot of great ideas in here.
Mar 21, 2008 marked it as to-read-nf
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