Salma Bhalla, Ph.D.

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Every individual gets stressed. Even a three-year-old can be stressed from his home environment, his preschool setting, and his interactions with others. A young child is unable to verbalize and say "I am stressed," or "I need a time to unwind." He exhibits his stress through his behaviors. Even an older child may be unable to verbalize his stressful condition. He may only give signs of stress through his behaviors. He may even develop physical symptoms and only say that his "Tummy hurts" when he is stressed.
The parents and the caregivers have to be alert and aware of these behaviors in order to help the stressed child. This is the only clue the parents have that their child is experiencing stress. Recognizing these behaviors and helping the child is necessary to lessen the stress.

 A child  from the age of three to thirteen years old goes through various developmental stages. The stressed behaviors change in each development stage even though there may be some overlap. The parents and the caregivers have to be aware of these behavioral symptoms. Even though stress cannot completely be prevented, it can be managed through corrective action in environment and behaviors. A parents who is aware of these symptoms can help the child curtail his stress in early stage before it becomes a crisis.
A special case is a gifted child. There are extra demands and expectations of parents, teachers, peers including his own self. This exposes him to more stress. Parents of the gifted child may find the suggestions listed in this book helpful to help alleviate their gifted  child's stress.

The child may also be subjected to stress at school. The teacher plays a very important role in a young child's life. The teacher needs to be aware of what the child is saying and feeling through his behaviors. 

In my first book Cues & Clues To Children’s Behaviors I have included a chapter on stress. As I spoke to the parents and the teachers, it became evident that a separate detailed analysis of causes, behaviors and strategies on the subject of stress in children was needed.

All the above factors are considered  in detail in this book. A comprehensive analysis and guidance is provided to help parents help the child to manage stressful situations.  
This book is a guide for parents, teachers, caregivers, pediatricians, and other professionals who work with children three-to-thirteen year olds.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Stress
Chapter 2: Stress at Home
Chapter 3: Stress at School
Chapter 4: Stress by Peers
Chapter 5: Behaviors under Stress
Chapter 6: The Gifted Child
Chapter 7: Preventive Strategies
Chapter 8: Intervention Strategies
Chapter 9: Strategies for the Teachers

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