• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The uniqueness of Child and Adolescent Life Stories lies in the multiple perspectives drawn from youth, their parents, and their teachers. These perspectives provide a range of lenses through which a student or beginning teacher may view child and adolescent development. The complex processes of development occur within a social context, and therefore a professional teacher, administrator, or school psychologist will need to be able to view developmental stages from youths’ perspectives as well as from their various social settings.

Emily's World: Nurturing a Child with Autism
Emily's world: Nurturing a child with autism
Primary and Secondary Issues
Primary Issues:Secondary Issues:
  • The nature and wide range of manifestations of autistic disorder
  • Theory of mind/metacognition
  • Parenting a child with autism
  • Treatments of autistic disorder
  • Theories regarding the causes of autism
  • Operant behavior therapy
  • Reinforcement as a motivator
  • Developmental effects of having a sibling with disabilities

Life is incredibly hectic at Emily's house. She is the oldest of three young children who keep their mother constantly busy caring for them in this lovely home in a medium-sized urban community. Their home is in a middle class neighborhood dotted with large old maple trees. The neighborhood has attracted many young families, and on any given sunny day the sidewalks are filled with children running about and playing.

Emily is ...

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