Tics and Tourette Syndrome

Roger Freeman is considered a world expert in developmental neurology. In this book he shares his vast experience on tic disorders in an informal but highly informative style. He discusses recent advances in the identification and management of tic disorders that many clinicians may be unfamiliar with. Multiple illustrative case histories address many of the mistaken assumptions about tics that are made in everyday clinical practice. Extensive reference lists provide a rich resource for the both the clinician and the researcher.

Readership

Paediatricians working in neurodisability and child development, child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologist, neurologists and other health professionals who manage patients with tic disorders.

Complete Book Review

Read the full book review by Tammy Hedderly published in Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

People with Hyperactivity

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 171
The last 10 years have seen major advances in the scientific understanding of ADHD. This book builds on them to provide a practical, comprehensive and evidence-based approach to clinical work with ADHD and hyperkinetic disorder, and to similar problems in people with complex neurodevelopmental disabilities. This is a book for professionals of all kinds who deal with hyperactive children and people with ADHD. It explains the science base of understanding it and gives practical step-by-step instructions on how to treat it – including informative leaflets for parents and teachers.

Preschool Children with Inadequate Communication

It is often difficult to decide whether a preschool child who does not communicate effectively has a developmental disorder limited to language, has behaviours that indicate autism with or without mental deficiency, or across-the-board mental deficiency without autistic features. All of these disorders denote abnormal brain development, but standard medical and neurologic examinations and tests such as brain imaging, EEGs, chromosome and chemical tests rarely provide an answer. Careful attention to the child’s language and behaviour, ability to play creatively, and analysis of neuropsychologic tests and language are much more informative for arriving at a correct diagnosis. This is one of the largest multidisciplinary studies which has considered the problem of making a diagnosis among these often confusing and difficult to test young children and considers explicitly the practical consequences of using different criteria for making a diagnosis.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 139

Psychobiology of the Hand

The hand is a remarkable organ which is characteristic of primates and most highly developed in man. This book deals with the evolution and development of hand function, with the structure of the hand and with the hand as a perceptual system. Neurophysiology and psychology of hand function are included, as are problems of disability. With expert interdisciplinary contributions from around the world, this wide-ranging overview is sure to be of value to all those interested in hand function, development, pathology and therapy.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 147

Management of ADHD in Children and Young People

Practical Guide

This book is an accessible and practical guide on all aspects of assessment of children and young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how they can be managed successfully.

The multi-professional team of authors discusses referral, assessment and diagnosis, psychological management, pharmacological management, and co-existing conditions, as well as ADHD in the school setting.

New research on girls with ADHD is also featured. Case scenarios are included that bring these topics to life.

From the Foreword by Dr Duncan Manders

‘The topics covered in this book reflect the questions clinicians working in the specialities of child and adolescent psychiatry or paediatrics frequently want answered and so would be ideal for training grade clinicians.

The authors have used their expertise of delivering teaching to ensure that their content is clear and understandable to all.

This book is not a simple introduction to the subject; clinicians from all backgrounds in children’s services, and at all levels of seniority will find something of value or interest, whether it be seeking validation for their current clinical practice or new insights into how to approach clinical challenges.

As the science basis expands, our understanding of the neurobiology of this condition will increase; however, the need for access to the experience of clinicans who have been delivering care to this group of children and young people will remain irreplaceable. This book thoroughly fulfills that need.’

Readership

Neurodisability and community paediatricians, child and adolescent psychiatrists, specialist nurses, psychologists, education professionals and parents and carers.

Disabled Children Living Away from Home in Foster Care and Residential Settings

Practical Guide

Disabled children who are unable to live at home are doubly needy: in addition to their disability, they are deprived of normal family life. Children who do not grow up in a stable, nurturing environment are unlikely to achieve their potential. Moreover, disabled children often have complex medical problems.

Disabled children living away from home are often involved with many different professionals: although individually these professionals may provide appropriate support, the sum of their efforts rarely adds up to the actions of a ‘good parent’.

Disabled Children Living Away from Home in Foster Care and Residential Settings considers the key issues that must be addressed when disabled children move from the family home to new accommodation. It provides insights into the difficulties that these children face and looks at how the standards of care that they receive might be improved. It also makes suggestions about how professionals might work more effectively with each other and with the children’s care-givers.

Behavioural Phenotypes in Clinical Practice

Clinicians, educators and other specialists who work with young people with intellectual disabilities are increasingly aware of the extent to which their clients’ behaviours are shaped by the respective causal syndrome.

This book is a practical response to the need for interventions and ongoing care programmes to take account of this within the context of coordinated multimodal case planning.

An international team of experts drawn from child health, special education, psychology, psychiatry and related disciplines explores general principles of case management, in addition to giving consideration to a large number of individual syndromes, resulting in a comprehensive review of the subject. All of the authors have been involved in original research on the themes explored, and in the development of coherent service responses to the challenges posed by behavioural phenotypes.

This will be essential reading for all professionals engaged in the care and management of people with intellectual disabilities.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 157

Biology of the Autistic Syndromes

Autism is not a single disease but a syndrome of different diseases. In this completely reworked and updated third edition, two world authorities, Christopher Gillberg and Mary Coleman, address the difficulties this presents for clinical diagnosis with diagnostic aids and clear guidelines for medical evaluation. Epidemiology, neuropsychological studies and behavior complexes, such as self-injury, are reviewed in detail, and the authors give a detailed explanation of what is known about the molecular biology and genetics of autism. Epilepsy and electrophysiological studies are also covered, as well as biochemistry, endocrinology, immunology, brain imaging and neuropathology. The available medical therapies are reviewed, along with an update on what is known about other interventions, such as psychoeducational and behavioral modification procedures. The book concludes with an integration of current knowledge from diverse fields. This is an essential text for clinicians and will also be of interest to parents of autistic children.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 153/4

Alcohol, Drugs and Young People

A comprehensive book dealing with drug, tobacco and alcohol abuse in both children and young people.

  • Presents the facts of drug and alcohol abuse, evidence for prevention and treatment, and reviews of the various types of treatments
  • Reviews all drugs of abuse, including tobacco and alcohol
  • Offers a practical presentation of evidence from particular therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and family therapy
  • Presents a comprehensive review of the pharmacological advances for this age group with substance use disorders and other mental health problems
  • Written by an international team of professionals and academics, each with a background in adolescent development as well as addiction.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 172

Autism

Written by child neurologists, this comprehensive, multi-authored volume on autism systematically discusses the classification, epidemiology and neurobiology of autism.

Autism lacks a unique etiology or specific pathology, so the behaviorally defined social deficits, language impairments and repetitive behaviors that define autism are explored from a developmental neurology perspective. The evidence suggesting that autism is a disorder of neuronal development is reviewed by experts on the genetics, neuroanatomy and neuroradiology, neurochemistry, immunology, and neurophysiology of autism. Chapters provide comprehensive reviews of the common neurological problems associated with autism such as epilepsy, sleep disturbances and motor and sensory deficits.

Neuropsychological assessment, medical and psychopharmacologic management, educational and behavioral interventions, and outcome are discussed within the clinical content of the practising neurologist. The research agenda needed to understand the neurology of autism is emphasized throughout the book and in the conclusion.

International Review of Child Neurology Series No. 7