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Explosive Child, The: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children

Mindprint Rating


Social-Emotional Learning ^21st Century Skills All Ages Workbook


Flexible Thinking Self-regulation

Mindprint Expert Review


  • The book is well-written and the case studies will be relatable to most adults working with a child with weaker flexible thinking.
  • The book guides parents to identify specific ways to support a child who struggles with flexible thinking.


  • The book is written for adults, not students, with the intent for the adult to read the book and put forth a lot of effort to support the child.
  • The case studies are of students with very large deficits in flexible thinking, and so the scenarios might seem extreme to adults working with students with only a relative weakness.

Mindprint Expert Review

This book is a "must read" for adults who are trying to nurture and support a child with rigid thinking. The author is a psychologist who uses case studies to help adults see and understand the child who struggles with flexible reasoning. Reading this book will help adults better understand the mindset of a child who appears to be stubborn, when, in fact, the child really needs help with problem solving. The book provides strategies and checklists to "get on the same page" as the child and find specific approaches to helping the child overcome some of his or her difficulties. Overall, a very worthwhile read for any adult working with a child who needs support with flexible thinking.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Specific topics/lessons are easy to find
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use

Manufacturer Description

A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Dr. Ross Greene, a distinguished clinician and pioneer in the treatment of kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, has worked with thousands of explosive children, and he has good news: these kids aren’t attention-seeking, manipulative, or unmotivated, and their parents aren’t passive, permissive pushovers. Rather, explosive kids are lacking some crucial skills in the domains of flexibility/adaptability, frustration tolerance, and problem solving, and they require a different approach to parenting.

Throughout this compassionate, insightful, and practical book, Dr. Greene provides a new conceptual framework for understanding their difficulties, based on research in the neurosciences. He explains why traditional parenting and treatment often don’t work with these children, and he describes what to do instead. Instead of relying on rewarding and punishing, Dr. Greene’s Collaborative Problem Solving model promotes working with explosive children to solve the problems that precipitate explosive episodes, and teaching these kids the skills they lack.