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Building healthy minds : the six experiences that create intelligence and emotional growth in babies and young children
Greenspan, Stanley I.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Perseus Books, [1999]

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398 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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"A Merloyd Lawrence book."

Includes index.
Introduction : how minds grow -- 1. Stage 1 : becoming calm, attentive, and interested in the world -- 2. Stage 2 : falling in love -- 3. Stage 3 : becoming a two-way communicator -- 4. Stage 4 : solving problems and forming a sense of self -- 5. Stage 5 : discovering a world of ideas -- 6. Stage 6 : building bridges between ideas -- 7. Floor-time : nurturing all six levels of intelligence and emotional health at the same time -- 8. Giving more and expecting more -- Appendix I. The functional developmental growth chart and questionnaire -- Appendix II. The six essential developmental stages and growth of the brain -- Appendix III. Ten ways to environmentally childproof your home.
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While every parent wants an intelligent, emotionally healthy, and moral child, no one has yet shown exactly how and when these qualities begin. Now Stanley Greenspan, the internationally admired child psychiatrist, identifies the six key experiences which enable children to reach their full potential as human beings.In Building Healthy Minds, parents will learn not only the precise types of games, fantasy play, and conversations with and without words that encourage this development, but also how to tailor these to their particular child. Surprising insights, such the great value of extended parent/child arguments, or the complex intellectual achievements represented by a trip to the refrigerator, will amaze and delight parents. No one but Stanley Greenspan has looked so deeply into the very earliest stages of human development, and no other book makes such vital and effective information available to every parent.

Author Notes

Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and Pediatrics at George Washington University Medical School and Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders

Table of Contents

Introduction: How Minds Growp. 1
1 Stage 1: Becoming Calm, Attentive, and Interested in the Worldp. 15
2 Stage 2: Falling in Lovep. 49
3 Stage 3: Becoming a Two-Way Communicatorp. 85
4 Stage 4: Solving Problems and Forming a Sense of Selfp. 131
5 Stage 5: Discovering a World of Ideasp. 199
6 Stage 6: Building Bridges Between Ideasp. 253
7 Floor-Time: Nurturing All Six Levels of Intelligence and Emotional Health at the Same Timep. 329
8 Giving More and Expecting Morep. 363
Appendix I The Functional Developmental Growth Chart and Questionnairep. 371
Appendix II The Six Essential Developmental Stages and the Growth of the Brainp. 379
Appendix III Ten Ways to Environmentally Childproof Your Homep. 383
About the Authorsp. 387
Indexp. 389