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Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers: Teaching Students With Tourette's, Bipolar Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, OCD, ADHD, and More Paperback – July 15, 2010

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This volume will be a great boon to educators working with children and adolescents who struggle with psychiatric disorders and/or learning disabilities. It is filled with new and creative ideas and strategies that will lessen the difficulties, and help these students experience success throughout the school day. I highly recommend this compassionate and intelligent book.

--Janice Papolos, co-author,

The Bipolar Child

This book aims to be a complete resource for teachers, with descriptions of several neurological disorders and their impact on behavior at school and guidelines and strategies for teachers to help remedy those impacts. Excerpted interviews help enliven the text, and the back of the book is fat with resources, including a glossary, assessment tools, and planning tools.

--ForeWord Reviews, June 3, 2010

Packer and Pruitt have crafted an invaluable set of practical tools (Tips and Tricks) for teachers to help some of the most challenging students succeed. Built on decades of professional and personal experience as educators, parents, and advocates, this volume is filled with first-hand, user-friendly knowledge. I highly recommend it!

--James F. Leckman, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale University

[A]n amazing book that every teacher, principal, school nurse, and counselor should own. Packer and Pruitt have created a comprehensive guide for understanding and managing child psychiatric problems in the classroom setting that is scientifically-based, yet extremely practical and user friendly. The Tips and Tricks and other classroom tools are based on proven methods and reflect the compassion and experience of these two highly regarded educators.

--John Piacentini, Ph.D, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA

There is not a section in this book that is not captivating, relatable and helpful. I have a degree in education; I am the mother of a 16-year-old son with Tourette Syndrome and a Social Service worker who advocates daily for people asking for help. Whoever you are and where ever you are in your journey, the 'challenge' is always easier when you take the hand of those who have traveled before you. These pages are filled with wisdom and hope for all who will travel with them.

--Kellie Gilpin, parent and Child Welfare Specialist II, Dept. of Human Services

Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers provides practical and easily accessible information for front line educators. The authors bring to the work their extensive experience as both seasoned professionals and parents of challenging kids, speaking with compassion for students and teachers alike. With strong research and clinical foundations, this book strikes the crucial and difficult balance between providing accommodations for challenging students and helping them develop effective strategies for independently managing daily school and life demands. Kudos are due the authors for providing such a well-written and authoritative compendium of ways to help teachers of students with neuro-developmental disorders.

--Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D. and Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D., co-authors of Late, Lost & Unprepared

Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers provides a long overdue look at the confusion presented by the alphabet-soup approach to children identified with basal ganglia-related disorders. The authors do an excellent job sorting these many clusters of neurobiological symptoms into understandable groupings, and provide a close look at the interrelationship between these disabilities. Using their BOLO, 'be on the lookout for' approach, a teacher can see behaviors and their relationship to interrelated disabilities. The added value then becomes the excellent strategies outlined to address the techniques a teacher can use to serve each child’s special functioning needs.  The volume is a must read and a vital reference.

--Joan K. Teach, Ph.D., Special Educator and Educational Consultant, Community Resource Center, Atlanta

Sherry Pruitt and Leslie Packer have outdone themselves this time.

Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers will be the resource that parents and educators will cherish forever as it demonstrates what is best for children. 

This book will undoubtedly make a difference in communities around the nation!

--Brad Cohen, President of Brad Cohen Tourette Foundation & author of <b>Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had

About the Author

Leslie E. Packer, Ph.D., is a psychologist in New York, where she treats youth with Tourette's Syndrome, AD/HD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and other disorders described in this book. She is the author of the award-winning websites: Tourette Syndrome 'Plus' and SchoolBehavior.com, as well as Find a Way or Make a Way (Parkaire Press, 2009), a book inspired by both her professional experiences as a consultant to schools and her own children's struggles.

Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P, is an educational consultant, educational therapist, international speaker, and Clinical Director of Parkaire Consultants, a neurological clinic that serves infants through adults with neurological impairments. Ms. Pruitt is a co-author of the books Teaching the Tiger (Hope Press, 1995) and Tigers, Too (Parkaire Press, 2009) that address neurologically impaired children. She has two sons with neurological disorders.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House; Pap/Cdr edition (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890627828
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890627829
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The old saying is that if you get lemons, make lemonade. Well this book is lemon meringue. Loaded with a wealth of tips and techniques, it is laced with personal insight and feeling. Teachers, parents and ultimately the challenging students will find themselves and discover solutions. Each of the different syndromes is carefully delineated, but more important is the emphasis on how the syndromes combine. I say this book is a real "plus"!
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Really good descriptions about how a particular disorder looks in terms of classroom functioning. As a parent I showed the chapter on storms to my sons teacher. Bad thing is the non-kindle version costs $66. The assistant principal at my son's school was ready to buy it on the spot when I showed it to her until she saw the price. I guess they figure schools have the money. Newsflash - Schools have NO money. So if the authors really want to do the world a favor, make the book more affordable. I may buy it myself for my school but if it was $35 I bet my school would have paid for it and it would make it a heck of a lot more palatable for me to buy it for them. Also I'm a 3 percenter which makes it possible for me to do this. For the rest of the world whose children also have these issues that's not going to even be an option.
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Finally a book that doesn't just tell you about the symptomology of disorders but gives real ways to accomodate and make a difference for these kinds of students and for a more peaceful classroom. This will be my behavior bible.
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A student with a learning disability isn't unteachable, but it can prove difficult. "Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers: teaching Students with Tourette's, Bipolar Disorder, Executive Dysfunction, OCD, ADHD, and More" is a reference for teachers who are faced with these special students and how to deal with their needs in an educational environment so that they still receive their education to the fullest, without hindering the education of others. Complete with CD-ROM full of resources, "Challenging Kids, Challenged Teachers" is a choice pick for any educational reference collection.
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There is a lot in here that is extremely helpful if you have a child with some disabilities in a mainstream setting. I passed along a number of these suggestions to my child's teacher.
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