How many of us can remember wading through textbooks of child development only to become frustrated when we failed to see how to put the information to practical use? Encounters with Children offers a new approach to the study of child behavior and development that will be especially appealing to pediatricians and other child health care providers. The authors have followed the recommended schedule of health maintenance visits outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics and have selected one or more aspects of development to discuss at each visit. For example, the chapter corresponding to the 18-month-old well-child visit discusses assertiveness, discipline, and toilet training. Methods for data gathering, history taking, and physical examination are described for each age, and anticipatory guidance is discussed.
This book can be used in several ways. Before seeing a child for a well visit, the physician- or nurse-in-training can review the chapter specific to