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ISBN-13: 978-1598570526 ISBN-10: 1598570528 Edition: 1st
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2011 Gold Recipient: Parenting - Special & Exceptional Needs - Mom's Choice Awards
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V. Mark Durand is  a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He has received over $4 million in federal funding to study the nature, assessment, and treatment of behavior problems in children with disabilities. Before moving to Florida he served in a variety of leadership positions at the University at Albany, including associate director for clinical training for the doctoral psychology program from 1987 to 1990, chair of the psychology department from 1995 to 1998, and interim dean of Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2002. There he established the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany, SUNY. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.--all in psychology--at the State University of New York-Stony Brook.
Dr. Durand was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY-Albany in 1991 and in 1989 was named Distinguished Reviewer of the Year for the Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America and is on the board of directors of the International Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He serves on a number of editorial boards, reviews for dozens of journals, and has over 100 publications on functional communication, educational programming, and behavior therapy. His books include Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach, Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs, and most recently, When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders.
Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is currently mandated by states across the country and is used worldwide. He also developed an assessment tool that is used internationally and has been translated into more than 15 languages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing; 1 edition (May 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598570528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598570526
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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V. Mark Durand is known worldwide as an authority in the area of autism spectrum disorder. He is a professor of psychology at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he was the founding Dean of Arts & Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Dr. Durand is a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has received over $4 million in federal funding since the beginning of his career to study the nature, assessment, and treatment of behavior problems in children with disabilities. Before moving to Florida he served in a variety of leadership positions at the University at Albany, including associate director for clinical training for the doctoral psychology program from 1987 to 1990, chair of the psychology department from 1995 to 1998, and interim dean of Arts and Sciences from 2001 to 2002. There he established the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University at Albany, SUNY. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.--all in psychology--at the State University of New York-Stony Brook.
Dr. Durand was awarded the University Award for Excellence in Teaching at SUNY-Albany in 1991 and in 2007 received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship. Dr. Durand is currently a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the Autism Society of America and is on the board of directors of the International Association of Positive Behavioral Support. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions and serves on a number of editorial boards. He has over 100 publications on functional communication, educational programming, and behavior therapy. His books include Severe Behavior Problems: A Functional Communication Training Approach, Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs, and most recently, When Children Don't Sleep Well: Interventions for Pediatric Sleep Disorders.
Dr. Durand developed a unique treatment for severe behavior problems that is currently mandated by states across the country and is used worldwide. He also developed an assessment tool that is used internationally and has been translated into more than 15 languages. He has been consulted by the departments of education in numerous states and by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education. His current research program includes the study of prevention models and treatments for such serious problems as self-injurious behavior.
In his leisure time, he enjoys long-distance running and has just completed his third marathon.



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Holly K on July 4, 2011
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Grounding and thoughtful, I highly recommend. Dr. Durand's latest reveals courageous parents that you will never forget. A thought-leader and revered psychologist who has advanced the body of knowledge for both parents and care givers of special needs children, Durand offers hope for parents with children of all abilities. You will not be disappointed -- and you will likely be changed -- after reading this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Dores on April 24, 2013
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This book offers insight into the challenges that parents face in understanding and changing the troubling behaviors of their children. The advice is clear and comprehensive. As with Dr. Durand's other texts, it is written with parents in mind, with explanations and examples that make it easy for parents to utilize. I recommend it highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By interested Mom on November 28, 2011
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This is a must read for professionals, para professionals and parents working with families with children with challenging behaviors. The book is well written, easy to follow and enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cathleen M. Jones on January 15, 2015
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Great read as a BCBA and a parent of a sometimes challenging child. I learned things to use in my work and at home.
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