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Louis Pellegrino. Forward by Mark L. Batshaw

The Common Sense Guide to Your Child's Special Needs

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Catalog No. 27866What does it mean when a child has difficulty with developmental milestones, and what next steps can parents take? Pediatrician Louis Pellegrino offers down-to-earth answers in this new version of When Your Child Has a Disability, now reorganized to address parents' areas of concern. What are the signs that a disability might be present, and what next steps can parents take to help their child?

Now streamlined and reorganized by key developmental milestones rather than by disability, this book responds perfectly to the needs of parents who don't have a diagnosis yet or want to explore challenges common across disabilities. With reassuring warmth, good humor, and candor, Dr. Pellegrino offers practical guidance on what it means and what to do next when a child struggles with

... speech and language development

... motor skills development

... daily living skills

... social skills

... behavioral control and attention

... learning and cognitive development

... vision, hearing, and sensory processing

... special medical issues

Throughout the book, Dr. Pellegrino combines research-based information and guidance with vivid metaphors, jargon-busting explanations of key terms, fascinating "pearls of wisdom," and engaging anecdotes from his personal and professional experience.

A go-to guide for families, a highly accessible resource for professionals, and an ideal supplemental text for tomorrow's practitioners, this book will be a mainstay reference for everyone who picks it up. Keep it at your fingertips for a great developmental primer and the guidance you need to take first steps toward resolving a child's challenges.

"Transcends labels with great clarity and guidance for parents. Like having your own developmental pediatrician patiently on call for your questions and concerns."--Robert A. Naseef, PhD, psychologist, author of Special Children, Challenged Parents, and parent of an adult child with autism

"Dr. Pellegrino has truly hit a home run with this book.... It is essential reading for all parents raising young children--disability or not!"--Susan J. Moreno, President, OASISand#64MAAP, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Table of Contents

About the Author


Mark L. Batshaw


Introduction: How Your Garden Grows

I. Understanding Your Child

1. When Your Child Has Trouble Talking: Understanding Problems with Speech and Language Development

2. When Your Child Has Trouble Walking: Understanding Problems with Motor Skills Development

3. When Your Child Has Trouble with Activities of Daily Living: Understanding Problems with Developing Functional Independence

4. When Your Child Has Trouble with Social Skills: Understanding Problems with Social Interaction

5. When Your Child Has Trouble Behaving: Understanding Problems with Behavioral Control and Attention Skills

6. When Your Child Has Trouble Learning: Understanding Problems with Learning and Cognitive Development

7. When Your Child Needs Extra Help: Understanding How to Help When Your Child Has a Disability

II: Special Children, Special Needs

8. Hearing, Vision, and Sensory Processing Problems

9. Special Medical Problems

Appendix: Special Health Care Needs for Children with Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, and Cerebral Palsy

10. Medications

11. Why Did This Happen? The Causes of Disability

Postscript: The Volunteer in Your Garden



392 pages. 2012



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