Disorganized Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Disorganized Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Disorganized Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Disorganized Children: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Synopsis

- Editors and contributors are respected experts on neurodevelopment and developmental disorders.- Provides insight into a relatively unknown and difficult to diagnose disorder.- Offers easy-to-apply strategies for parents, teachers and professionals.

Excerpt

Uttom Chowdhury and Samuel M. Stein

This book on disorganized children has been written at the request of innumera- ble patients, parents, teachers and other child care professionals. It has arisen directly from clinical work with children and adolescents over a period of several years, and the enjoyable experience of being able to help these young people and their families to live happier and more fulfilling lives. All too often, parents and colleagues who had been part of the clinical assessments asked for access to a detailed text about these children. They equally often expressed marked disap- pointment at the absence of any theoretically coherent and practically helpful publications. We hope that this book will prove useful in helping both parents and professionals to manage children with mild neuro-developmental problems more appropriately and effectively.

The overall content of Disorganized Children is not something novel or creative –? physicians have been dealing with, and trying to conceptualize, children with mild neuro-developmental problems for decades. Unfortunately, much of this work is fragmented and widespread across the available literature. As a result, parents and professionals often only gain access to small fractions of the wider field. This text is only unique in that it brings together normal child development with child and adolescent mental health disorders, and then tries to highlight the 'invisible children' who fall somewhere in between. Also, rather than concentrating on any one profession or very specific treatment options, the focus is instead on holistic and comprehensive care provided through coordinated multi-disciplinary and multi-agency collaboration.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

For nearly 200 years, physicians have been trying to link overt behavioural and emotional difficulties with underlying neurological deficits. As early as 1825, the first patient with Tourette syndrome appeared in the medical literature and, by . . .

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