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Exceptional Life Journeys

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.
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Personal perspectives by parents, teachers and those that have lived their life with a major yet common childhood disorder

Table of Contents

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


"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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