"Kids in the Syndrome Mix" is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children - from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders - whether at home, at school, or in other settings - along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.
"'This book is subtitled "The one-stop guide for parents, teachers and other professionals", and it lives up to that claim. When it becomes clear that a child has comorbid conditions, I now give her parents this easy-to-read overview instead of a stack of books...for many parents it will be all that's needed to move forward, in collaboration with a doctor and mental-health professional, toward effective treatment.' -Carol Brady, clinical psychologist on www.attitudemag.com 'The author and contributors show compassion and understanding for children who face special challenges because of their disorders. Above all, the whole approach here is positive and upbeat... Teachers and parents are assured that being well informed and empathetic puts them in a good position to help.' - School Library Journal 'The content of the book explains clearly and simply why some children react differently to some stimuli and situations. It includes ideas and activities which are applicable and useable in any setting whether it be at home or school. The advice given is perfectly balanced between factual and explanatory and leaves the reader with a clear idea of (and more confidence in) how to approach situations in a calm manner. The writing style is pitched to be humorous, informative and explanatory at the same time. There is a perfect mix of medical background knowledge combined with real-life practical advice and situations. The reader is left with no doubt that Mr Kutscher MD knows from first hand what he is talking about. Anybody would benefit from reading this book whether they were a lay person or medically trained.' - The National Childminding Association (www.ncma.org.uk) 'This is a book that sets out to fulfil all that is promised in its subtitle 'The one stop guide for parents, teachers, and other professionals', covering a range of neurodevelopmental conditions. It is a concise, credibly structured and admirably tailored to suit its audience. A single 'stress busting' book which is not a tome is likely to appeal to any parent, teacher or professional whose time is at a premium... The book deftly acknowledges the strengths without glamourizing or minimizing disabilities.' - Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 'Written in a clear, engaging style, this readable volume, with helpful translations of scientific concepts into lay terms, is very welcome...Aimed primarily at parents and teachers, I particularly liked the structure of this book, with two introductory chapters that explain the basics of diagnosis and treatment, followed by chapters on separate diagnostic categories. There is a helpful emphasis on real-world presentation of problems experienced by children and young people, which rarely occur as clear-cut'. -Community Care 'I found the ideas and advice excellent. It would also apply to those involved with children who have behavioural difficulties'. -Nursery World 'Kids in the Syndrome Mix is an interesting extremely well written book. Easy to read, it is a concise guide to the whole range of neuro-behavioural disorders in children. From detection of the problem it also gives good advice on coping, managing and treatment for these various disorders. Invaluable help for families, teachers, etc who have a child affected in this way... It is certainly the best in it's field'. -No Panic 'As the first book to cover such a wide range of disorders for lay readers, this is highly recommended for public libraries with special- needs parenting sections'. -Library Journal 'For 18 years, Kutscher (Paediatrics and Neurology, New York Medical College) has been diagnosing often coexisting neuropsychiatric disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties, and bipolar disorder. His accessible and comprehensive guide covers the general principles of diagnosis and treatment of those disorders in children; individual chapters on each condition elucidate causes, symptoms, interactions between conditions, and treatments. Parents and professionals alike will find the behavioural strategies, case vignettes, and practical tips particularly helpful'. - Library Journal 'A heart-gladdening investigation into the world of adolescents caught in the syndrome mix, and how to identify symptoms, understand the causes and embark on treatments for each condition. Kutscher, a pediatric neurologist at the New York Medical College, has written an exemplary introductory guide through the baffling worlds of ADHD, learning disability, the autistic spectrum, sensory integration dysfunction, anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder, Tourette's, depression, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder and central auditory processing disorder. Why all these under one cover? Because so often kids come with multiple issues, which impinge upon and amplify one another. After Kutscher finishes explaining what is known about the causes of the disorders, he unveils concrete strategies and high-yield recommendations on how to proceed. Like a good doctor, his first piece of advice is to do no harm: You are the lifeline for your child or charge, so you must be positive and calm, and you must not nag, lecture, argue or offer untimely advice. You must pursue a course conducive to the circumstances. And Kutscher offers a spectrum of approaches that are practical and executable. He also tackles the available pharmacopoeia, and he has plenty of suggested resources for further reading. A sparkling, granite-strong steppingstone from which to launch further investigations into the conditions Kutscher covers, though, given its myriad hands-on recommendations, this guide may be an end in itself.' - Kirkus Reports "Dr. Kutscher not only makes difficult information easier to understand, but does it with a depth of understanding and compassion that is unique in the field. His examples are true to life and his strategies concrete and applicable in every day life. I would strongly recommend this book to be on any teacher's reading list and a guide for parents dealing with children with special challenges. If I had my wish I would make it mandatory reading for every teacher coming out of teacher's college. I will be recommending it frequently." - Heidi Bernhardt, Director, ADRN (Attention Deficit Research Network), Toronto, Canada "This is a groundbreaking, terrific, thoroughly researched and brilliantly written, interpretive treatise of oft misunderstood, frequently diagnosed disorders with numerous interventions provided by a literary genius." - Gayle M. Bell, EdS, Educational Specialist, Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA "While recognizing and validating the frustration that parents and teachers may experience on a daily basis when dealing with a dysregulated child, Dr. Kutscher skillfully manages to both create empathy for the child and a positive outlook for the difference informed and caring parents and teachers can make....I think that this book would serve as a useful quick guide for teachers as part of their school's special needs library...it's wonderful to have one book I can recommend to parents so that they can find helpful information on all of their child's conditions in one place." - Leslie Packer, PhD, specialist in Tourette's Syndrome, consulting psychologist to school districts, and clinician in private practice"
Martin L. Kutscher is a pediatric neurologist with more than 18 years' experience of diagnosing neuropsychiatric disorders such as ADHD, learning difficulties, Asperger's Syndrome, and tic disorders and helping families affected by them. He is currently Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the New York Medical College. He lectures to teacher, parent, and professional groups and his work is widely published. Tony Attwood is a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in the field of Asperger's syndrome. Over the last 30 years he has worked with hundreds of individuals with this condition. He is the author of the classic Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Robert R. Wolff is a member of the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology at the New York Medical College who has extensive experience with childhood neuro-behavior problems.
About the Authors.; Introduction.; 1. Diagnosis: General Principles.; 2. Treatment: General Principles.; 3. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).; 4. Learning Disabilities (LD).; 5. Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) - An Overview.; 6. Asperger's Syndrome and its treatment.; 7. Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD).; 8. Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID).; 9. Tics and Tourette's.; 10. Depression.; 11. Bipolar Depression (BD).; 12. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).; 13. Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD).; 14. Medications.; Appendix: Quick Quiz on Executive Function.; Further Reading: Books and Internet Resources.; Index.