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Aletha Solter, Ph.D.
Founder and Director of The Aware Parenting Institute
Aletha Solter's biography
Aletha Solter is a Swiss/American developmental psychologist, who is recognized internationally as an expert on attachment, trauma, and non-punitive discipline. She studied with the Swiss psychologist, Jean Piaget, at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where she obtained a Master's degree in human biology in 1969. She then earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1975, after which she taught psychology at the University of California and conducted research for a few years.
When her first child was born in 1977 (following a traumatic birth) she did not find any parenting books that advocated attachment-style parenting and non-punitive discipline while taking into account the impact of stress and trauma on children's development. The first book she wrote, The Aware Baby (first published in 1984, revised in 2001), is the one that she wished she had had as a new mother. The Aware Baby has sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. Its sequel, Helping Young Children Flourish, describes this same approach, covering the age range from two to eight years. Her three other books are Tears and Tantrums (1998), Raising Drug-Free Kids (2006), and Attachment Play (2013).
Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has also written workbooks to accompany her first two, as well as numerous articles for parents and professionals.
Dr. Solter has given talks and led workshops for parents and professionals in 16 countries, and has appeared on TV in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. She also offers consultations for parents who are familiar with her work. In 1990 she founded The Aware Parenting Institute, which now has certified instructors in 17 countries. Her goal is to help create a nonviolent world in which all children are allowed to attain their full potential. With the tools of Aware Parenting, she is confident that parents can raise their children to be competent, compassionate, nonviolent, and drug free. She also knows that parenting is a difficult job and that parents deserve recognition, information, and support.
She lives in Goleta, California, and is available for lectures, workshops, and consultations (by phone, skype, or in person). If you wish to schedule a lecture, workshop, or consultation, you can reach her by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at (805) 968-1868. If you live outside the U.S., please make your initial contact by e-mail.
Please note that she does not give advice by e-mail. Please click here for information about her consultations and fees, or go to our Parent Support Page.
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Organizations that have sponsored Aletha Solter's presentations
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Professional articles by Aletha Solter
Solter, A. (2008). A 2-year-old child's memory of hospitalization during early infancy. Infant and Child Development, 17, 593-605.
Solter, A. (2007). A case study of traumatic stress disorder in a 5-month-old infant following surgery. Infant Mental Health Journal, 28(1), 76-96.
Solter, A. (2001). Hold me! The importance of physical contact with infants. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 15(3), 21-43.
Solter, A. (2000). 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.
Solter, A. (1999). 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.
Solter, A. (1995). Why do babies cry? Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 10(1), 21-43.
Solter, A. (1992). Understanding tears and tantrums. Young Children, 47(4), 64-68. (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
Pellegrino, J.W., Cantoni, V., & Solter, A. (1981). Speed, accuracy, and stretagy differences in spatial processing. Bulletin of the Psychonomics Society, 18(2), 58-59.
Solter, A. & Mayer, R.E. (1978). Broader transfer produced by guided discovery of number concepts with preschool children. Journal of Educational Psychology, 70(3), 363-371.
Click here for a list of Aletha Solter's free online articles for parents.
Aletha Solter's Family Photos
That's me at age ten.
I had a very happy childhood.
Here I am with my son, Nicky, in 1977, before I began writing books.
I enjoyed being a full-time mother.
This is me with my husband, Ken, and our two children:
This photo was taken in 1983, a year before The Aware Baby was first published.
This is my daughter, Sarah, at 6 years of age
We used this photo for the cover of the first edition of Helping Young Children Flourish.
This is our family in 1994, when two of my books were in print: The Aware Baby and Helping Young Children Flourish. I like the way my son spontaneously put his arms around us for this photo.
in back: Aletha, Nicky (age 17), Ken
I am a proud grandmother holding my grandson (8 weeks old) in September 2003.
Three of my books were in print: The Aware Baby (revised edition), Helping Young Children Flourish, and Tears and Tantrums.
And here I am with my granddaughter in July 2007.
This was a year after Raising Drug-Free Kids was published.
That's me with both of my grandchildren in July 2007.
Here I am with my grandchildren on the beach in Santa Barbara (California) in August 2011.
March 2013: I am thankful to my son and his wife for their helpful feedback on the manuscript for Attachment Play.