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KEY FEATURES: This text uniquely includes an easy to follow discussion of the emerging brain science and how it connects to counseling children and adolescents. Expanded discussion of child and adolescent development addresses critical differences in age groups, a feature not found in most texts. An up-to-date presentation of counseling theory related to counseling youth, with emphasis on empirically supported approaches, offers basic knowledge students need for counseling preparation. Guided activities and case illustrations are linked to content in each chapter to aid with comprehension, application, and critical thinking. Counseling keystones at the end of each chapter summarize the critical content.

Counseling With Very Young Children (0–4) and Their Families
Chapter 10 Counseling with very young children (0–4) and their families
Catherine Tucker

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

—Frederick Douglas

INTRODUCTION

The first several years of a person’s life are fast-paced and busy for both the child and the people who take care of him or her. Over half of the development of the brain’s gray matter, or cortex, occurs after birth (Schore, 1994). As a result, babies and young children experience explosive growth across all developmental domains. Meanwhile, even the most eager and capable caregivers can become exhausted by growing babies’ demands for nurturance, stimulation, and safety. Therefore, most of the problems presented in clinical settings involving ...

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