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Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety: A Practical Guide
Kenneth W. Merrell, Ph.D
Depression, anxiety, and other internalizing disorders can have severe and lasting consequences for children and adolescents. This unique book provides clear-cut strategies for addressing these problems creatively and effectively with students in grades K-12. A concise overview of the nature, development, and course of childhood depression and anxiety is delineated, and a comprehensive assessment model is outlined. Chapters then present a wide range of empirically supported interventions that are easy to implement and readily adaptable to diverse settings.
Shadow Syndromes: Recognizing and Coping with the Hidden Psychological Disorders
John J. Ratey, M.D.
Chronic sadness, obsessiveness, outbursts of anger, inability to finish tasks, disabling discomfort in social situations -- these and other problems are all mild forms of serious mental disorders that can affect the very courses of our lives. They are shadow syndromes. Drs. John J. Ratey and Catherine Johnson challenge the prevalent idea that problems like these are brought on by aberrations in a person's upbringing and relationships, and then prolonged by his or her willful resistance to change. Instead, they assert that these behavior patterns originate in the inherent structure and chemistry of the individual brain, that they are distinctly identifiable, and that they respond to a range of approaches: from medication and psychotherapy to diet, meditation, and exercise.
The Bi-Polar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood’s Most Misunderstood Disorder
Bipolar disorder - manic depression - was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering not only that bipolar disorder can begin early in life, but that it is much more common than ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed and mistreated with medications that can exacerbate the symptoms. Why? Bipolar disorder manifests itself differently in children than in adults, and in children there is an overlap of symptoms with other childhood psychiatric disorders. As a result, these kids may be labeled with any of a number of psychiatric conditions: “ADHD,” “depression,” “oppositional defiant disorder,” “obsessive-compulsive disorder,” or “generalized anxiety disorder.” Too often they are treated with stimulants or antidepressants - medications that can actually worsen the bipolar condition.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Help for Children and Adolescents
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most common psychiatric problems faced by children, although frequently not diagnosed or treated. OCD is a neurological illness. Many children diagnosed with OCD also turn out to have other brain-based disorders, particularly attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). Psychiatrists sometimes categorize patients who have certain common OCD behaviors as "counters," "cleaners," "checkers," and "hoarders." Childhood OCD can be a truly debilitating disability, not just a minor problem or personality quirk. Children with OCD experience extreme anxiety, embarrassment, sometimes even harassment, because of this disorder. Their OCD symptoms often prevent them from building good relationships, from achieving their best in school, and from having a normal childhood. The effects of this disruption can be painful and lifelong.
Assessment: Temperament and Atypical Behavior Scales (TABS)
The TABS assesses atypical temperament and self-regulatory behaviors among infants and young children that may put them at risk for developmental delay. There are two components to the assessment: (1) a Screener, which is a one-page, 15-item checklist with "Yes" or "No" responses that is used to determine whether further assessment is needed and (2) an Assessment Tool, which is a 55-item checklist with "Yes," "No" and "Need help" responses.
Qualified Administrator: Master’s degree or higher in psychology, education, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, social work, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments.
Device: Logan Proxtalker
The Logan Proxtalker is a mid-tech communication device. It uses RFID technology to retrieve vocabulary stored on sound tags to produce “real” words. Tags containing the vocabulary are selected by the user and then placed on the device on one of 5 different buttons. When the button is pushed it receives the stored vocabulary on the tag and will speak it out loud. This device is ideal for Picture Exchange Communication System users of any age and many others with communication challenges.
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