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Letters to the home front : positive thoughts and ideas for parents bringing up children with developmental disabilities, particularly those with an autism spectrum disorder

Author: John Clements
Publisher: London : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Are you bringing up a child with developmental disabilities? Do you feel as if you have nowhere to turn when you need support? Drawing on the author's many decades of experience of working with families, this ... practical book is a ... companion for when the going gets tough. Written as a series of ... letters, it looks at a number of issues from the parents' point of view and examines how the parenting agenda  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Clements
ISBN: 9781849053327 1849053324
OCLC Number: 824608941
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 127 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Overview of the book --
Section one: Letters to my family: three young people on the autistic spectrum reflect on their growing up (A. Dean's letter ; B. Hannah's thoughts ; C. Alex's letter ; Section comments) --
Section two: Dear all: Considering some general topics and decisions that come up in the parenting process (A. The road ahead: looking at how the parenting agenda changes over time ; B. Who are you?: looking at how to see real people in the midst of significant and widespread differences in abilities and the diagnostic labels that often accompany these differences ; C. Brothers and sisters: considering the impact on siblings on growing up with a brother or sister who has significant developmental disabilities ; D. Managing the system: thoughts about dealing with the challenges that arise for parents having to deal with multiple professional agencies over long periods of time ; E. Got behaviour --
get drugs?: a guide to help parents think through the issues when they are offered medication to help control their son's or daughter's behaviour). Section three: Letters to parents: Thinking about behavioural challenges presented by children and young people on the autistic spectrum (A. Charlotte ('obsessions') ; B. Marcus (physical aggression) ; C. Tyrone (verbal abuse, physical aggression, property damage) ; D. Charlie (a danger to self and others) ; E. Rudy (long-term severe self-injury and physical aggression) ; Section comments) --
Section four: Epistles on challenging orthodox thinking (A. Sensory integration: brain changer or licence to twiddle? ; B. Boarding schools in the UK: a solution for difficult problems or a British disease?) --
A few last thoughts --
Appendix: Constructive behavioural support: service evaluation guide ; Rating areas.
Responsibility: John Clements.

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