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The Connected Child

Bring Hope and Healing to Your Adoptive Family
Narrated by: Anna Crowe
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
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"An extremely useful parenting handbook... truly outstanding...strongly recommended." (Library Journal, starred review)

"A tremendous resource for parents and professionals alike." (Thomas Atwood, President and CEO, National Council for Adoption)

The adoption of a child is always a joyous moment in the life of a family. Some adoptions, though, present unique challenges. Welcoming these children into your family - and addressing their special needs - requires care, consideration, and compassion.

Written by two research psychologists specializing in adoption and attachment, The Connected Child will help you:

  • Build bonds of affection and trust with your adopted child
  • Effectively deal with any learning or behavioral disorders
  • Discipline your child with love without making him or her feel threatened

"A must-read not only for adoptive parents, but for all families striving to correct and connect with their children." (Carol S. Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child)

"Drs. Purvis and Cross have thrown a life preserver not only to those just entering uncharted waters, but also to those struggling to stay afloat." (Kathleen E. Morris, editor of S. I. Focus magazine)

"Truly an exceptional, innovative work...compassionate, accessible, and founded on a breadth of scientific knowledge and clinical expertise." (Susan Livingston Smith, Program Director, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute)

"The Connected Child is the literary equivalent of an airline oxygen mask and instructions: Place the mask over your own face first, then over the nose of your child. This book first assists the parent, saying, in effect, 'Calm down, you're not the first mom or dad in the world to face this hurdle, breathe deeply, then follow these simple steps.' The sense of not facing these issues alone - the relief that your child's behavior is not off the charts - is hugely comforting. Other children have behaved this way; other parents have responded thusly; welcome to the community of therapeutic and joyful adoptive families." (Melissa Fay Greene, author of There Is No Me Without You: One Woman's Odyssey to Rescue Africa's Children)

©2007 Karyn B. Purvis, David R. Cross, Wendy Lyons Sunshine (P)2019 McGraw-Hill Education

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A must read for all parents, bio, Foster and adopt

this book is a must-read for biological parents foster parents and adoptive parents! Will read again.

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Stop and take s breath

I am a huge fan of Dr Purvis and was super excited when this book came out on audio. I’m only disappointed that the narrator is edited so that there are not more clearly defined breaks when starting a new heading. Concepts get run together. Just a short 5 second pause in editing would be more effective and easier to shift topics for the listener.

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Most helpful book on adoption

I’ve read many books on adoption and this has been the most informative. There is also a sense of compassion for the adoptive parents that other books seem to lack.

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Good info for any parent

This book is mandatory reading for a fostering agency we're going through and for good reason. I enjoyed the information and the presentation. I'd recommend this book for anyone who has difficult children, fostered or not, especially those with sensory processing issues.

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Practical Help and Encouraging Hope

This book was recommended to us by our adoption agency. Very helpful insight and explanation of where most adopted and foster children are coming from with their pasts. It is very practical and helpful, as well as, encouraging you that healing is possible.

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Good, practical ideas and help

Helpful and practical information and descriptions of behavior and the possible causes it contributors. As well as practical thoughts on approaches to help your child and yourself find healing.

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connected parenting

loved it. comprehensive. detailed. lots of examples of effective ways to deal with difficult parenting situations

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Excellent Presentation for Best Book on Topic!

The Connected Child is the best book available for rearing foster/adopt children. A research based classic!

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Great listen!

great resource for anyone raising kids who have been victims of emotional and/or physical abuse.

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