'A heart-gladdening investigation into the world of adolescents caught in the syndrome mix, and how to identify symptoms, understand the causes and embark on treatments for each condition. Kutscher, a pediatric neurologist at the New York Medical College, has written an exemplary introductory guide through the baffling worlds of ADHD, learning disability, the autistic spectrum, sensory integration dysfunction, anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette's, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder and central auditory processing disorder. Why all these under one cover? Because so often kids come with multiple issues, which impinge upon and amplify one another. After Kutscher finishes explaining what is known about the causes of the disorders, he unveils concrete strategies and high-yield recommendations on how to proceed. Like a good doctor, his first piece of advice is to do no harm: You are the lifeline for your child or charge, so you must be positive and calm, and you must not nag, lecture, argue or offer untimely advice. You must pursue a course conducive to the circumstances. And Kutscher offers a spectrum of approaches that are practical and executable. He also tackles the available pharmacopoeia, and he has plenty of suggested resources for further reading. A sparkling, granite-strong steppingstone from which to launch further investigations into the conditions Kutscher covers, though, given its myriad hands-on recommendations, this guide may be an end in itself.' -- Kirkus Reports "Dr. Kutscher not only makes difficult information easier to understand, but does it with a depth of understanding and compassion that is unique in the field. His examples are true to life and his strategies concrete and applicable in every day life. I would strongly recommend this book to be on any teacher's reading list and a guide for parents dealing with children with special challenges. If I had my wish I would make it mandatory reading for every teacher coming out of teacher's college. I will be recommending it frequently." --Heidi Bernhardt, Director, ADRN (Attention Deficit Research Network), Toronto, Canada "This is a groundbreaking, terrific, thoroughly researched and brilliantly written, interpretive treatise of oft misunderstood, frequently diagnosed disorders with numerous interventions provided by a literary genius." --Gayle M. Bell, EdS, Educational Specialist, Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA "While recognizing and validating the frustration that parents and teachers may experience on a daily basis when dealing with a dysregulated child, Dr. Kutscher skillfully manages to both create empathy for the child and a positive outlook for the difference informed and caring parents and teachers can make. ...I think that this book would serve as a useful quick guide for teachers as part of their school's special needs library...it's wonderful to have one book I can recommend to parents so that they can find helpful information on all of their child's conditions in one place." --Leslie Packer, PhD, specialist in Tourette's Syndrome, consulting psychologist to school districts, and clinician in private practiceVom Verlag:
Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children - from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders - whether at home, at school, or in other settings - along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.
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