Exceptional Life Journeys book cover

Exceptional Life Journeys

Stories of Childhood Disorder

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.

Audience

Undergraduate and graduate students in education, psychology, social work, and medicine and professionals in the field of childhood disorders

Hardbound, 306 Pages

Published: October 2011

Imprint: Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0-12-385216-8

Reviews

  • "Jac Andrews and Peter Istvanffy have given us a real gem. This book, which is very different from any that I’ve read before, speaks to a variety of audiences at a wide number of levels, but it does ‘speak’ to us…we see real people grappling with ‘exceptional life journeys,’ and not simply the ‘diagnoses’ and ‘psychopathologies.’ In our deficit-oriented society, and profession, this is an eye-opener and a breath of fresh air."--Canadian Journal of School Psychology, December 2013
    "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


Contents

    1. 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

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