Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Touchpoints" - Book Review

Touchpoints: The Essential Reference, by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. is a valuable reference for parents of young children, ages 0-3. 

What is a Touchpoint?  
-Dr. Brazelton defines a touchpoint as, "...those predictable times that occur just before a surge of rapid growth in any line of development-motor, cognitive, or emotional-when, for a short time, the child's behavior falls apart." (p. xvii)

Being able to ANTICIPATE these TOUCHPOINTS in development, helps parents PREPARE and RESPOND with greater CONFIDENCE and UNDERSTANDING.

Touchpoints is organized in 3 SECTIONS:

Section 1: TOUCHPOINTS of Development. 
This covers each critical touchpoint and provides parents with KNOWLEDGE on this phase in development as well as SKILLS to help parents respond in developmentally appropriate ways in order to meet their child's needs
Section 2: CHALLENGES to Development. 
This section covers common challenges parent's face with young children such as CRYING, ILLNESS, SEPARATION and DISCIPLINE. 

Section 3: ALLIES in Development. 
Section Three talks about the important roles of the people in your child's life who support their healthy development from parents to pediatricians.

More information can be found by visiting: www.touchpoints.org

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