Among other revolutionary developments of today's world is the so-called kwledge explosion . So much is being written so fast about so many things that it is becoming well-nigh ir--retrievable. One consequently can never be sure that he kws what there is to kw about many kinds of phemena or types of problems existing in the modern world due to the chance that something exists in written form that simply cant be found, so bulky is the load of literature. The common idea that only the sick child, and never the well, needs special emotional supports and helps from the adult is simply an error. For the well child is t immune from pile-ups of severe emotional intensity when overwhelmed by confusion and conflicts from within. Certainly, the rmal kid can be ex--pected to handle such crises either from within or without better than his sick peer on the average, but that does t mean always; and the critical issue for the well child is: is he ready at the time they hit? If t, he needs, quite unmistakably, emotional first aid from the adult - parent, teacher, camp counsellor (or what have you) - who is in charge of his life at that moment. The reader will find that what the authors describe in The Other 23 Hours as the everyday requirement diet, as far as child handling is concerned for their disturbed children, is transferable to the rmal crises of rmal child--hood.
Albert E. Trieschman was a Staff Clinical Psychologist at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston. From 1960 until his death in 1984, he was founding Executive Director of the Walker Home & School in Needham, Massachusetts. James K. Whittaker is Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professor Emeritus in the School of Social Work, University of Washington. He is a frequent consultant on child care training both in the Seattle area and nationally and is a consultant on research and training to the Child Development and Mental Retardation Center, University of Washington. He has served as director of the Social Welfare Program. He is also a founding member of the International Association for Outcome-Based Evaluation & Research on Family and Children's Services. Larry K. Brendtro is professor at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he directs the Black Hills Seminars, a training institute for professionals serving troubled youth. He is former president of the Starr Commonwealth in Michigan and Ohio.