This book is to be welcomed because it attempts to integrate knowledge from different disciplines to present a broadly based account of this important subject. Its central thesis is that many communication problems remain undetected, and that their impact upon children's cognition, emotions, behaviour, performance and social relationships is therefore, unrecognized. This book is a useful starting point for anyone working with children and who seeks to understand the complex linkages and relationships between children's communication difficulties and their emotional problems.
This book is just what I've been looking for, mainly because it draws together all the recent literature and research around children's social and emotional difficulties, and their link to communication difficulties. More than that, though, it encourages the reader to think about the depth of children's development, and investigate further. I found it quite inspiring.
Social workers, mental health professionals and other practitioners working with children should find this reader of use. She presents practical guidelines for assessing communication skills and problems, and shows how improving children's communication can improve their behaviour.
Melanie Cross describes the book herself as the one "I needed when I began to work with children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties" (9). I would not disagree with this statement and would go further to say it should become a core text for staff training in the caring professions.
Suitable as an introductory text for a range of practitioners working with children with EBD who want to gain some theoretical and practical knowledge of the field