New Edition
Encounters with Children,
Edition 4 Pediatric Behavior and Development
By Suzanne D. Dixon, MD, MPH and Martin T. Stein, MD

Publication Date: 18 Oct 2005
The only text of its kind, this Fourth Edition continues to provide a practical how-to guide to normal childhood development and behavior. In addition to exploring the normal stages of development, this informative text discusses the many familial and societal issues that can influence a child's behavior, such as terrorism and disasters, preschool choices, bullying, and divorce. Organized according to the child's age, it takes readers from the neonatal visit and newborn exam all the way through the late adolescent years. Additional topics include ADHD and learning disabilities, autism and other disorders of communication, and reactions to stress. Clinical examples illustrate development and behavior.

Key Features

  • Presents a user-friendly, comprehensive course in normal development.
  • Provides Observational, Interview, and Examination points for each age.
  • Arranges developmental concept chapters according to the child's age, with more attention given to younger children when much of their development occurs.
  • Offers many resources available to parents, including many found on the Internet.
  • Addresses the mandated training requirements and fulfills Residency Requirements on normal childhood development. .
  • Incorporates children's art throughout, for use in clinical practice.

New Features

  • Discusses the hottest topics, including gender differences throughout development * childhood depression * children's responses to terrorism and disasters * preschool choices * divorce * and the effects of violence in a context of care and anticipatory guidance.
  • Presents a "Heads Up" section in each chapter, alerting clinicians to certain behaviors that may be present.
  • Offers case vignettes throughout each chapter to allow readers to better recognize and manage similar cases encountered in practice.
  • Includes data gathering sections at the end of each chapter that demonstrate how to apply information in clinical settings by using age-appropriate interview techniques and activities.
  • Addresses a wide range of cultural issues in practice in a cross-cultural chapter.
About the author
By Suzanne D. Dixon, MD, MPH, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA; Clinical Faculty, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Great Falls Clinic, Great Falls, MT and Martin T. Stein, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
Table of Contents
1. Perspectives and Format: What, Why and How of This Book

2. Theories and Concepts in Child Development

3. Cultural Dimensions in the Care of the Child

4. Developmentally Based Office: Setting the Stage for Enhanced Practice

5. The Use of Children’s Drawing in Practice

6. The Prenatal Visit: Making a Relationship with the Family

7. The Newborn: Ready To Get Going

8. The NICU: Special Issues for the At-Risk Infant and Family

9. First Days At Home: Making A Place In the Family

10. One to Two Months: Getting On Track

11. Three to Four Months: Having Fun with the Picture Book Baby

12. Six Months: Reaching Out

13. Eight to Nine Months: Exploring and Clinging

14. One Year: One Giant Step Forward

15. 15 to18 Months: Declaring Independence and Pushing the Limits

16. Two Years: Language Leaps

17. Three Years: The Emergence of Magic

18. Four Years: A Clearer Sense of Self

19. Five Years: Opening the School Door

20. Six to Seven Years: Reading, Relationships and Playing By the Rules

21. Seven to Ten Years: The World of Middle Childhood

22. Ten to Twelve Years: The Age of Rapid Changes

23. Thirteen – Sixteen Years: The Heart of Adolescence

24. Seventeen to Twenty-one Years: Transition To Adulthood

25. Special Families

26. Encounters with Illness: Coping and Growing

27. Encounters With Separations, Loss, Trauma and Death

28. Resources for Families

Book Reviews
"Lovely and practical summary of child development" - NEJM 2006

"Unique in its blending of theory and practical advice and its sensitivity to families and their important role in the child’s development... In their 4th edition of Encounters with Children, Drs. Dixon and Stein have retained all that was wonderful about the previous editions while adding more than 150 pages of new material… This book continues to be my favourite child development book." - Dr. Linda S. Grossman, Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 28(6):437, December 2007.
Book details
ISBN: 9780323029155
Page Count: 864
Retail Price : £54.99
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