Designed to facilitate professional development and critical reflection in the leadership of services for children and families, this book will enhance the understanding of readers from a range of disciplines and at varying levels of study. Packed with case studies depicting the experiences of children and their families in transition and exploring a wide range of scenarios, the chapters:

Explore transitions from a range of perspectives; Discuss the value of developing collaborative practice in deepening awareness of children's views and experiences; Explore the impact of practitioner inquiry; Look at examples of contemporary practice; Consider the ethics, policies and law relating to current issues; Enrich the reader's understanding of professional responsibility

Each chapter contains a chapter overview, a case study and suggestions for further reading. This book is relevant to all practitioners working with young children and their families and to all those studying early childhood.

Receiving a Diagnosis of a Disability

Receiving a diagnosis of a disability

Chapter Overview

When a child is born, parents develop an image of the future for their child: who the child will be like, what they will achieve and maybe even hopes for academic success, fame and fortune. In my experience a parent when asked will almost always say that all they want for their child is to be ‘happy’ a concept which is almost impossible to quantify and yet one which parents place at the top of their list of things they want for their child. With developments in antenatal scanning we can know so much more about a child before they are born, and can even contemplate surgery for correctable abnormalities before birth. Through ...

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