The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children


Author:  Dr Ross Greene

A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviours, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

Item No: 0450

Buying Tip: We here at The Social Mind are big advocates for Dr Ross Greene’s approach to behaviour, as Ross says “kids do well if they can do well”.  In this remarkable book Dr Ross Greene explains that at the route of behaviour issues are a kid’s “lagging skills and unsolved problems”.  In this book Ross will not only explain your child/student/client but will give you hope with a productive approach that teaches skills and shows just how ineffective punishments are at changing behaviour.  We believe in this approach so much that we regularly bring Ross to Australia to conduct training in his approach to behaviour.  You can watch Ross on Youtube here and if you read this review and want to purchase the book, use the promotion code Ross for a discount.

The following YouTube clip gives you a good insight into Dr Greene’s philosophy:

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What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioural challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.

Publishing Details

Published: 24th March 2014
Item No: 0450
Number of Pages: 304


Additional information

Weight 0.24 g
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 cm

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