Ethics in Child Health – Chapter 7: Humanism in the practice of neurodevelopmental disability (ebook)


Chapter 7 of the book – Humanism in the practice of neurodevelopmental disability: examples of challenges and opportunities

Noritz’s chapter provides reflections from an academically trained clinician working in both a hospital clinic and a community-based disability practice. While related situations are also reported and discussed by other authors (see, e.g. Chapter 4), it is Noritz’s particular vantage point that allows him to raise these issues and consider them from the perspective of ‘the community’. The author uses an ethical framework, language and thinking to provide context and opportunities for discussion of the challenges he describes so clearly and compellingly within this framework. As such, the chapter offers readers a way to think about the many common challenges we experience in our work in developmental disability – and to refract these issues through the lens of an ethical framework.

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Have you ever:

  • Wondered how to deal with a family that repeatedly fails to keep clinic appointments?
  • Disagreed with colleagues over a proposed course of treatment for a child?
  • Considered ways to ‘bump’ a child on a waiting to speed up their assessment?

These are a few of the scenarios faced by clinicians in neurodisability on a daily basis. Ethics in Child Health explores the ethical dimensions of these issues that have either been ignored or not recognised. Each chapter is built around a scenario familiar to clinicians and is discussed with respect to how ethical principles can be utilised to inform decision-making. Useful ‘Themes for Discussion’ are provided at the end of each chapter to help professionals and students develop practical ethical thinking. Ethics in Child Health offers a set of principles that clinicians, social workers and policy-makers can utilise in their respective spheres of influence.


Readership: clinicians and paediatricians in neurodisability, service providers in neurodisability, community-based health professionals,  and health policy makers.

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