Pediatric Disorders of Regulation in Affect and Behavior

1st Edition

A Therapist's Guide to Assessment and Treatment

Authors: Georgia DeGangi
Print ISBN: 9780122087707
eBook ISBN: 9780080513676
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 5th July 2000
Page Count: 371
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This must-have book provides mental health professionals with practical guidelines on how to work with infants and children who struggle with everyday problems including sleep, eating, irritability, attention, and sensory processing. Grounded in research and theory, this book is based on the concept that the capacity to self-regulate sleep and eating cycles, to organize attention, and to process sensory information is essential for development and social interactions. Treatment approaches emphasize the importance of working through the parent-child relationship.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Acknowledgments. Self-Regulation in Infants and Children. Assessment of Regulatory Problems in Children. The Therapeutic Process: Working through the Parents. Treatment of Irritability and Other Mood-Regulation Problems. Treatment of Sleep and Separation Problems. Treatment of Feeding Disorders in Children. Treatment of Attentional Problems. Treatment of Sensory-Processing Problems. Appendix A: Infant-Toddler Symptom Checklist: Long Version. Appendix B: Functional Emotional Assessment Scale. Appendix C: Sensorimotor History Questionnaire for Preschoolers. Index.


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About the Author

Georgia DeGangi

Georgia DeGangi, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, is a clinical psychologist and an occupational therapist. She currently works in private practice at ITS (Integrated Therapy Services) for Children and Families, Inc., in Kensington, Maryland, and has worked at the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Children in Rockville, Maryland, as the Director of Research for the past ten years. She has over 25 years' experience working with infants, children and their families. She has extensive experience with diagnosis and treatment of a range of developmental, sensory, behavioral, and emotional problems. Dr. DeGangi has conducted research for many years to examine the most effective ways of treating children as well as examining how problems in infancy related to self-regulation, sensory processing, attention, and social interactions develop as children grow older. Among her publications are the Test of Sensory Functions in Infants, the Infant/Toddler Symptom Checklist, and the Test of Attention in Infants. Dr. DeGangi is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the assessment and treatment of sensory processing, attention, and interactional problems in infants and children. She was the 1992 recipient of the A. Jean Ayres award from the American Occupational Therapy Foundation and has been distinguished in the roster of fellows of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She serves on the faculty at the Infant/Child Mental Health program of the Washington School of Psychiatry and is associate editor of the Journal of Learning and Developmental Disorders.

Affiliations and Expertise

Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children, Rockville, Maryland, USA