Promoting Optimal Parent and Child Development, Third Edition
The Home Visitor's Guidebook
Early Childhood
Practical suggestions interspersed with research and personal vignettes help every home visitor engage parents in their child's development
69032 978-1-55766-903-2
2008 448
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Pioneering expert Carol Klass was first to develop a home visiting primer readers could trust—and now she's updated her bestselling Home Visitor's Guidebook for the next generation of practitioners. The ultimate professional development resource for early interventionists, social workers, therapists, and other home visitors, this research-based guidebook is enhanced throughout with up-to-date references and new material on today's hot topics.

Readers will learn the basics of effective home visiting: building trust with families, communicating effectively, maintaining boundaries, working with families experiencing risk factors, and integrating professional beliefs with families' cultural beliefs. Then, with the in-depth child development information and practical guidelines, home visitors will help parents

  • encourage children's healthy social and emotional development
  • provide developmentally appropriate guidance and discipline
  • enhance children's communication and language skills
  • use play to promote learning and development
  • strengthen family connections thorough everyday rituals and celebrations
  • foster positive sibling relationships

Throughout the book, veteran home visitors model skillful and positive interactions with families, reflect candidly on their successes and challenges, and give readers invaluable advice on creating a support network and learning new strategies through professional development.

New to this edition is information on today's hot topics including assessment and evaluation; the role of grandparents; childhood illness, including dental disease, nutritional deficiencies, obesity, asthma and allergies, and lead poisoning; achievement motivation; moral identity; and the secure child.

With this must-have guidebook from the voice of experience on effective home visiting, professionals will get parents engaged and actively involved in their child's development-and approach their important work with renewed passion and creativity.

About the Author
Jeree H. Pawl
Preface to the Second Edition

Overview of Topics

I. Home Visiting: The Basics

1. The Parent–Home Visitor Relationship
Cultural Sensitivity and Recognition
Bilingual Families
Forming the Parent–Home Visitor Relationship
Progression of the Parent–Home Visitor Relationship
Establishing Reciprocal, Positive Feelings Between Parents and Home Visitors: A Personal Relationship
Shared Delight in the Child
Working with Pregnant Mothers and Their Families
Home Visitors' Relationship with Teen Parents
Mothers and Childbearing Daughters
Difficulties and Dilemmas
2. The Home Visitor's Approach
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Difficulties and Dilemmas
3. The Home Visitor's Professional Development
Peer Mentoring: A Program Example
Assessment and Evaluation
Difficulties and Dilemmas

II. Promoting Healthy Parent and Child Development

4. Developing a Sense of Self: The Foundation of Social and Emotional Development
Developing the Body Self: Birth to 6 Months
The Autonomous Self: 7–18 Months
The Social Self: 19 Months to 3 Years
The Narrative Self: 3–5 Years
Difficulties and Dilemmas
5. Guidance and Discipline
Guidance and Discipline
A Developmental Approach
Early Infancy: Birth to 8 Months
Late Infancy: 8–17 Months
Toddlerhood: 18 Months to 3 Years
Later Toddlerhood: 3–5 Years
Difficulties and Dilemmas
6. Communication and Language
Communication and Language
Prespeech: Birth to 10 Months
Emergence of First Words and Jargon: 10–15 Months
Word Combinations: 16 Months to 2 Years
Telling Stories: 2–5 Years
Emerging Literacy
Difficulties and Dilemmas
7. Play, Learning, and Development
Birth to 12 Months
12–30 Months
30 Months to 5 Years
Electronic Play
Difficulties and Dilemmas
8. Everyday Rituals and Celebrations
Patterns of Mutuality
Family Celebrations and Traditions
Difficulties and Dilemmas
9. Children's Illnesses
Caregiving as a Social Experience
Illnesses and Medical Conditions
Developmental Importance of Illness
Serious Illness
Difficulties and Dilemmas
10. Siblings
New Children
Parent Expectations and Comparisons
Valuing Different Children
Sibling Relationships
Large Families
Only Children
Balancing the Home Visitor's Interactions
Difficulties and Dilemmas
11. The Psychologically Vulnerable Family
Marital/Partnership Discord and Divorce
Mental Illness
Substance Abuse
Domestic and Community Violence
The Resilient Child
III. Person and Profession

12. Personal History—Professional Competence

Childhood Pain to Professional Competence



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Karen McFedries, Washington Hospital Teen Outreach program, Pennsylvania - August 12, 2011
"I am amazed by the inspiration that I got from Dr. Klass. It is clear that she has an abundance of expertise on the topic of home visits."
Sarah Landy, Senior Specialist Clinic al Psychologist, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Western Australia; co-author,: Early Intervention with Multi-Risk Families and author, Pathways to Competence - May 23, 2008
"Whether readers are new or experienced in the role of home visitor, this book provides essential information . . . an invaluable resource that can continually be referred to."
Author: Carol S. Klass Ph.D.   Foreword Author: Jeree H. Pawl Ph.D.