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With the assistance of professional writer Wendy Lyons Sunshine, child psychologists Purvis and David R. Cross-the director and associate director, respectively, of the Institute of Child Development, Texas Christian University (TCU)-have produced an extremely useful parenting handbook. While the authors focus on the particular challenges confronting adoptive parents of special-needs children, their insights could just as easily apply to parents of other children. Employing techniques honed at TCU's Adoption Project and its Hope Connection camp for at-risk adopted children, the authors provide much-needed practical advice on establishing connections with children and on raising children who can connect in a healthy fashion with others. This book is truly outstanding because of its numerous examples of scripts and phrases that parents can use when their children engage in particular kinds of behavior. Akin to Stanley I. Greenspan and others' The Child with Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth and Carol Stock Kranowitz's The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder, this book is strongly recommended for all public libraries and large academic collections.-Lynne F. Maxwell, Villanova Univ. Sch. of Law Lib., PA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.