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Your Successful Preschooler: Ten Skills Children Need to Become Confident and Socially Engaged

ISBN: 978-0-470-92587-4
288 pages
December 2010, Jossey-Bass
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The latest research shows that children can be taught--at very early ages--the tools they need to become successful and connected to others. This new book offers parents and teachers the information they need to teach children the most effective ways to engage peers and make social interactions easier and more meaningful.

Your Successful Preschooler:

  • Shows how facilitated play can become an opportunity to improve your child's emotional connections with peers
  • Teaches parents and educators how to foster growth in vocabulary and language during play, key ingredients to academic success
  • Presents dozens of anecdotes with dialogues parents can use to teach children how to better relate to their peers

Using the methods outlined in the book, parents and teachers can support activities that lead to a lifetime of social success and likeability that are crucial for every child's emotional stability.

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Table of Contents

Note to the reader ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Children Can Learn to Be Successful 11

2 Raising a Likable Child 33

3 Preparing an Achieving Child 59

4 Ensuring a Happy Child 81

5 Building Strong Moral Character 103

6 Th e Importance of Being Resilient 125

7 Encouraging Flexibility and the Art of Compromise 141

8 Getting Organized 157

9 Developing Leaders 173

10 Successfully Engaging Friends 189

11 Become Passionate About Learning 213

12 Successful Children Need Involved Parents 227

Notes 239

Additional Resources 249

About the Authors 255

About Harvard Medical School 257

Index 259

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Author Information

Ann Densmore, EdD, is a certified speech pathologist and audiologist with a doctorate in education from Clark University and a master's in human development and psychology from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. She has taught children language and social communication skills for more than thirty years.

Margaret Bauman, MD, is an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and the founding director of the Lurie Center LADDERS program, a division of the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital for Children.

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