CHESTER psychologist Sally Goddard Blythe has attempted to revolutionise the way we view parenting with her new book into the significance of child development and culture.
Sally, 53, completed a masters degree in Psychology at California Coast University, and has worked at the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology in Chester for 20 years, where she is now Director.
She said: “I’ve had the idea for the book in mind for many, many years, and have based the research on work done at the institute.
“We look at early developmental history before we put children onto a programme, and assess developmental milestones during the first years of life.”
Her third book What Babies and Children Really Need incorporates research from observational studies to assess early parental influences, which could lead to underlying problems such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, or educational underachievement.
Going back as far as preconception, the book also investigates how the symptoms of pregnancy could be more significant than first assumed.
Sally added: “I’ve dedicated three chapters on looking at why pregnancy matters, what excessive vomiting can mean, and how a caesarian section can have developmental implications.”
“The book is not just for parents or parents-to-be and I would like it to be read by midwives, health visitors and teachers. Because the book continues up to teenage years, it’s important that people are aware of these implications.”
Sally will be at Borders Books, Cheshire Oaks on Sunday, September 7 from 11am-4pm to sign copies of the book and answer questions.