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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 Young Children (5–8) and Their Families
Chapter 11 Counseling with young children (5–8) and their families
Catherine Tucker

Listen to the MUSTN’Ts, child,

Listen to the DON’Ts

Listen to the SHOULDN’Ts


Listen to the NEVER HAVEs

Then listen close to me—

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

—Shel Silverstein (1974)


Once children reach the age of 5, they are usually able to communicate their needs verbally, toilet independently, dress themselves with minimal assistance, play cooperatively with peers for brief periods, follow simple sequences of two or three commands, and are often emerging readers. For a 5-year-old, new abilities and tools with which to explore the world are beginning to come under consistent control; their balance, large and small motor coordination, and verbal abilities ...

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