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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 behavioral
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.