Aletha Solter

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Aletha Jauch Solter, PhD (born 1945) is a Swiss/American developmental psychologist who studied with Jean Piaget in Switzerland before earning a PhD in psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her specialist areas are attachment, psychological trauma, and non-punitive discipline.

What differentiates her work is that it combines attachment parenting principles with an understanding of the impact of stress and trauma, and thus her work is apparently able to help families who are struggling with sleep, discipline, and emotional health issues that other approaches have been unable to resolve.

Her first book The Aware Baby has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Subsequent publications are Helping Young Children Flourish, Tears and Tantrums, Raising Drug-Free Kids, and Attachment Play.

In 1990 she founded The Aware Parenting Institute, an international organization with certified instructors in many countries.


Published Books[edit]

Aletha Solter has written five books on parenting, which have been translated into many languages.

  • Attachment Play: How to Solve Children's Behavior Problems with Play, Laughter, and Connection. Shining Star Press, 2013.
  • The Aware Baby. Shining Star Press, 2001.
  • Helping Young Children Flourish. Shining Star Press, 1989.
  • Tears and Tantrums: What To Do When Babies and Children Cry. Shining Star Press, 1998.
  • Raising Drug-Free Kids: 100 Tips for Parents. Da Capo Press, 2006.


Published Articles[edit]

  • A 2-year-old child's memory of hospitalization during early infancy. Infant and Child Development, 2008, 17, 593-605.
  • A case study of traumatic stress disorder in a 5-month-old infant following surgery. Infant Mental Health Journal, 2007, 28(1), 76-96.
  • Hold me! The importance of physical contact with infants. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 2001, 15(3), 21-43.
  • Warum Babys weinen (Why babies cry). In T. Harms (Ed.), Auf die Welt gekommen: Die neuen Baby Therapien (pp. 387-409). Ulrich Leutner Verlag, Berlin, 2000.
  • Helping Preschoolers Cope With Stress. In B. Farber (Ed.), Guiding Young Children’s Behavior: Helpful Ideas for Parents and Teachers from 28 Early Childhood Experts (pp. 118-123). Preschool Publications, Inc., 1999.
  • Why do babies cry? Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 1995, 10(1), 21-43.
  • Understanding tears and tantrums. Young Children, 1992, 47(4), 64-68. (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • Speed, accuracy, and strategy differences in spatial processing. Bulletin of the Psychonomics Society, 1981, 18(2), 58-59 (with J.W. Pellegrino & V. Cantoni).
  • Broader transfer produced by guided discovery of number concepts with preschool children. Journal of Educational Psychology, 1978, 70(3), 363-371 (with R.E. Mayer).


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