I highly recommend this book. I found it full of information on all subjects of mental illness. This book offered me an understanding of the many different types of mental illness. It is well written and easy to comprehend. It truly is a onestopguide. There is a great section on medication and treatment. I like how the authors explain the each illness and give advice. I keep it as a reference when I an trying to understand my childs behavior. He is truly in the syndrome mix.
The book gives the readers who are lay persons in psychology a very clear and easy approach to understand the various impairments that their children may have. I found it very useful and informative.
My daughter's therapist recommended this book after we had been through several diagnoses and medications-each drug only worsened the situation and made my daughter's behavior more unbearable. Our wonderful therapist held off on a diagnosis and medication until she had spent many hours with each of us and had me read this book. Plain and simple terms- easy to read- most helpful! Helps you understand that your child may indeed fall into several categories at once and not be easily diagnosable.
This is a book that I will treasure and that I will refer to time and time again in the future. My son has a rare form of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome. He IS one of these kids in the syndrome mix. Children with Dravet syndrome have many similar "characteristics", syndromes. This book helps me, as a parent, begin to make sense of all of these different syndromes. However, the most important aspect of this book, for me, is the advice on how to modify/deal with these "weird" characteristics of my son, how to "parent" and "change" these behaviors, how to properly "react." Screaming, yelling, berating, do not work, this book gives advice on what will work.
I appreciate that this book is written in easy to understand language, especially when I am so overwhelmed by all the information bombarding me constantly as I seek to understand my child and his condition.
I highly recommend this book to any parent of a special needs child, and then I would strongly recommend that those in the school system who work with this child also read this great little book.
Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-oneguide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children?from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction.
Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders?whether at home, at school, or in other settings?along with case vignettes and practical tips.
The author?s sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.