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Contribution to Book
Infant Mental Health: An Emerging Field for Children with Develomental Disabilities
Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Current Practices and Issues
  • Casey A. Holtz, Marquette University
  • Robert A. Fox, Marquette University
Document Type
Contribution to Book
Language
eng
Format of Original
57 p.
Publication Date
1-1-2008
Publisher
Emerald (JAI Press)
Disciplines
Abstract
Behavior problems are common in toddlers and preschoolers. Richman, Stevenson, and Graham (1975) identified difficulties with eating, sleeping, toileting, temper, fears, peer relations, and activity as typical in this young population. While all young children should be expected to experience behavior problems as part of their normal development, an ongoing challenge in the field has been to determine when these “normal” developmental problems rise to the level of being considered “clinical” behavior problems (Keenan & Wakschlag, 2000). For example, when does a two-year-old child's tantrum behavior, a three-year-old's urinary accidents, and a four-year-old's defiance become clinically significant? To answer these questions, clinicians must examine the frequency, intensity, and durability of these difficulties, their potential to cause injury to the child or others, the extent to which they interfere with the child development, and the degree to which they disrupt the lives of their siblings, caregivers, peers, teachers, and others.
Comments

"Infant Mental Health: An Emerging Field for Children with Develomental Disabilities" in Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Current Practices and Issues. Vol. 18. Eds. Anthony F. Rotatori, Festus E. Obiakor and Sandra Burkhardt. Bingley, UK: Emerald (JAI Press), 2008: 163-219. DOI.

Citation Information
Casey A. Holtz and Robert A. Fox. "Infant Mental Health: An Emerging Field for Children with Develomental Disabilities" Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Current Practices and Issues (2008) ISSN: 0270-4013
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/robert_fox/56/