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Introduction; 1: Early Adversity And Developmental Difference; 2. An Introduction To Normal Development; 3: An Introduction To The Reasons For Challenging Behaviour; 4. Developmental Difference In Sensory Regulation; 5. Developmental difference in language and communication; 6. Developmental difference in emotional regulation; 7. Developmental Difference in Executive Functioning; 8. Developmental Difference in Social Information Processing; 9. Communicating about your child's Developmental Difference to others; 10. Summary; Resources

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Practical strategies to help parents of traumatized children who have developmental differences

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Dr. Sara McLean has working in the area of child and adolescent psychology for over 20 years. She was the recipient of the ACU Fellowship at Oxford University; REES Centre for research on Fostering; in recognition of her work supporting children in foster care. She is an Adjunct Fellow at the Australian Centre for Child Protection, and lives in Adelaide, Australia.


Carers often cry out for information about how to understand the challenging behaviours of children who have come into their care. Dr McLean provides not just an understanding of key developmental milestones and the role of adversity, but practical guidance on how to meet the needs of children with 'developmental difference'. -- Professor Daryl Higgins, PhD, MAPS ICPS Director Australian Catholic University
Addressing a broad range of parenting and practice issues in a clear accessible style this guide is an informative and valuable resource for adoptive and foster carers , practitioners and educators. -- Professor Elizabeth Fernandez, The University of New South Wales, Australia
I commend this book as an essential read for all current and future caregivers who want to understand their child's behaviour and to parent more effectively. -- Amanda Porter, Chief Executive Officer Connecting Foster & Kinship Carers - SA Inc

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