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Exceptional Life Journeys
 
 

Exceptional Life Journeys, 1st Edition

Stories of Childhood Disorder

 
Exceptional Life Journeys, 1st Edition,Jac Andrews,Peter Istvanffy,ISBN9780123852168
 
 
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Personal perspectives by parents, teachers and those that have lived their life with a major yet common childhood disorder

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Key Features

  • Focuses on those childhood disorders that are most common or what are sometimes referred to as high incidence disorders such as learning disabilities, autism, behavior disorder, depression, and anxiety
  • Beyond, a clinical, empirical, and theoretical description of childhood disorders or a personal account relative to one particular disorder, this book provides rich narratives of experience from multiple perspectives with respect to numerous childhood disorders
  • Provides readers with insight by sharing examples of personal contexts and situations, significant life issues, challenges and barriers, successes, and recommendations relative to particular circumstances

Description

Most students in training to become teachers, psychologists, physicians, and social workers as well as many practicing professionals in these disciplines do not get the opportunity to fully understand and appreciate the circumstances of children ,parents, and teachers who have had to cope and adapt to childhood disorder. Most professionals in the field of childhood disorders are well trained in assessment and treatment methods and are aware of the clinical, theoretical, and empirical foundations of the work they do. In their training, they get some experience in diagnosing the educational, psychological, social, and medical problems of children through their supervised clinical internships. In their training and in their professional practice they get to interview, discuss, consult and collaborate with children and their families regarding developmental issues and treatment plans, however, they rarely get an opportunity to fully realize and understand what it is like to have a disorder and what it is like to be a mother, or father, or teacher of children with disorders.

This book provides an opportunity for students in training and professionals in the field to gain some awareness of the life journeys of some exceptional children, their families and their teachers.

Readership

Undergraduate and graduate students in education, psychology, social work, and medicine and professionals in the field of childhood disorders

Jac Andrews

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Peter Istvanffy

Affiliations and Expertise

Calgary Academy, Alberta, Canada

Exceptional Life Journeys, 1st Edition

    Introductory Stories

    Part 1: Behavior Disorders

    Attention -Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

    Prologue

    Personal Stories

    You Can’t Have ADHD - You’re Just like me!"

    Parental Story

    Signs Appear Early in Life and Significant Ones Will Persist

    Professional Stories

    In the Trenches with ADHD

    Attention to a Child’s Strengths: A Lesson in Resiliency

    Identifying the Problems and Working Collaboratively to Make the Best Decisions

    Epilogue

    Conduct and Oppositional Defiant Disorders

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    Different Roads with Different Ends

    Parental Story

    A Matter of Soul

    Professional Stories

    Sometimes Persistence and Hope is All We Have

    Seeking to understand before trying to be understood

    Sometimes we Gain more than we think we will in our Work with Children and Youth

    Epilogue

    Part 2: Emotional Disorders

    Childhood Anxiety Disorders

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    Managing the Fear

    A Little Bit of History Repeating

    Taming the Worry Beast

    Parental Story

    A Minefield

    Learning to Trust Oneself

    One Minute, One Hour, One Day

    Am I going to have a good day?

    Connecting Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

    Professional Story

    Strength within Ourselves often comes from the Strength of Others

    Epilogue

    Childhood Mood Disorders

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    The Prison of Oneself

    Parental Story

    Staying "In-Touch"

    Professional Stories

    Mad, Bad, or Sad: Learning is a Lifelong Learning

    Meaning is all you Need; Relationship is All you Have

    Epilogue

    Part 3: Developmental and Learning Disorders

    Learning Disabilities

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    From Confusion to Understanding and the Journey Along the Way

    Parental Story

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, and another Step Forward

    Professional Stories

    From Experiencing and Understanding to Being Understood

    My Best Year of Teaching

    Keeping an Open Mind and Identifying the Primary Problem

    Epilogue

    Intellectual Disabilities

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    You Go Girl

    Parental Story

    Perfection in Imperfection

    Professional Story

    More the Same than Different

    Epilogue

    Developmental Co-ordination Disorder

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    Coming Out From Behind the Mask

    Parental Story

    Battling On With Love and Commitment"

    Professional Story

    There Is Much More To Coordination than Meets the Eye

    Epilogue

    Autistic Disorder

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    From Good to Bad and Back to Good Again

    Parental Story

    A Road travelled with Many Stops and Turns along the Way

    Professional Stories

    Patience and Appreciation

    Getting There Step-By-Step

    Working beyond the Diagnosis: Respecting the Bigger Picture

    Epilogue

    Part 4: Eating and Health Related Disorders

    Eating Disorders

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    When Gaining is losing

    My Struggle to be Free to Fly

    Parental Story

    She Looks Like Death

    Professional Story

    Finding Oneself within Ambiguity

    Epilogue

    Somatoform Disorders

    Prologue

    Personal Story

    Believing in Myself and Going from Bad to Good

    Parental Story

    Ups and Downs and Turns Arounds

    Professional Story

    A Matter of Control

Quotes and reviews

"Jac Andrews and Peter Istvanffy have given us a real gem. This book, which is very different from any that I’ve read before, speaks to a variety of audiences at a wide number of levels, but it does ‘speak’ to us…we see real people grappling with ‘exceptional life journeys,’ and not simply the ‘diagnoses’ and ‘psychopathologies.’ In our deficit-oriented society, and profession, this is an eye-opener and a breath of fresh air."--Canadian Journal of School Psychology, December 2013
"The rich narratives within the book are crafted through an array of diverse writing styles that speak to the exceptional life journey of each author, keeping readers interested throughout. In terms of utility, this resource is a must-have for practitioners working with clients diagnosed with a childhood disorder. I also see this text as essential for undergraduate and graduate students training for careers in the helping fields, particularly (as the editors suggest) for students studying within the realms of counselling, education, social science, social work, medicine, and related mental-health professions. I would encourage those who are teaching and supervising in such training programs to strongly consider incorporating this text into their program curriculum. In fact, I’ve been recommending it to fellow counsellor educators since the first day I picked it up. It should also be noted that this book can be understood and used by ‘everyday people’ who might be interested in or experiencing the impact of childhood disorder themselves or within their family. For this reason, Exceptional Life Journeys could potentially be a helpful reference resource for clients (situation dependent) and/or their parents. I offer a personal confession in concluding this review-I am typically not a dichotomous thinker; however, when it comes to educational literature, I tend to harshly classify textbooks as either good books or bad books ... and this, in my opinion, is hands down a great book."--Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Vol. 46, No.3, Pages 277-280

 
 
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