Encounters with Children

Pediatric Behavior and Development


  • Suzanne Dixon, MD, MPH, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA; Clinical Faculty, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Great Falls Clinic, Great Falls, MT
  • Martin Stein, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

The only text of its kind, this Fourth Edition continues to provide a practical how-to guide to normal childhood development and behavior. In addition to exploring the normal stages of development, this informative text discusses the many familial and societal issues that can influence a child's behavior, such as terrorism and disasters, preschool choices, bullying, and divorce. Organized according to the child's age, it takes readers from the neonatal visit and newborn exam all the way through the late adolescent years. Additional topics include ADHD and learning disabilities, autism and other disorders of communication, and reactions to stress. Clinical examples illustrate development and behavior.
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Pediatricians, Family Practitioners, Pediatric Residents, Developmental Specialists


Book information

  • Published: October 2005
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-02915-5

Table of Contents

1. Perspectives and Format: What, Why and How of This Book

2. Theories and Concepts in Child Development

3. Cultural Dimensions in the Care of the Child

4. Developmentally Based Office: Setting the Stage for Enhanced Practice

5. The Use of Children’s Drawing in Practice

6. The Prenatal Visit: Making a Relationship with the Family

7. The Newborn: Ready To Get Going

8. The NICU: Special Issues for the At-Risk Infant and Family

9. First Days At Home: Making A Place In the Family

10. One to Two Months: Getting On Track

11. Three to Four Months: Having Fun with the Picture Book Baby

12. Six Months: Reaching Out

13. Eight to Nine Months: Exploring and Clinging

14. One Year: One Giant Step Forward

15. 15 to18 Months: Declaring Independence and Pushing the Limits

16. Two Years: Language Leaps

17. Three Years: The Emergence of Magic

18. Four Years: A Clearer Sense of Self

19. Five Years: Opening the School Door

20. Six to Seven Years: Reading, Relationships and Playing By the Rules

21. Seven to Ten Years: The World of Middle Childhood

22. Ten to Twelve Years: The Age of Rapid Changes

23. Thirteen – Sixteen Years: The Heart of Adolescence

24. Seventeen to Twenty-one Years: Transition To Adulthood

25. Special Families

26. Encounters with Illness: Coping and Growing

27. Encounters With Separations, Loss, Trauma and Death

28. Resources for Families