Updated throughout and featuring an emphasis on NAEYC and other standards, GUIDING CHILDREN'S SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING: THEORY AND SKILLS, Ninth Edition, focuses on ways professionals can help children develop both positive feelings about themselves and social competence. You'll find practical, developmentally appropriate strategies for how to work with children and families from many different backgrounds and circumstances, and in a variety of group settings. With the help of this text, you'll avoid much of the guesswork and frustration that can hinder practitioners' efforts to influence children's social development and behavior. And, you'll obtain a unified framework for decision-making and professional practice that incorporates sound principles of children's development, relationship enhancement, and behavior management. This is a book you'll want to keep and refer to long after you leave the course.