Multiple Award-Winning Book
2011 Gold Recipient: Parenting - Special & Exceptional Needs - Mom's Choice Awards
"Best Books 2011" Award, Parenting/Family: Reference Category - USA Book News
"I can assure you every person caring or working for a child regardless of age or abilities will benefit from V. Mark Durandâ€™s optimistic parenting advice . . . The authorâ€™s friendly, conversational style of writing brings the reader on board feeling that a friend is giving him parenting advice. Optimistic Parenting receives five STARS from Special Needs Book Review for the quality of the content and organization of this book!"
About the Author
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.