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Diagnosing 'disorderly' Children
Diagnosing children and young people as "disorderly" "troublesome" or "emotionally disturbed" is becoming increasingly commonplace. Once "diagnosed" these children are then seen as a problem for schools and the education system. Furthermore, the diagnosis often leads to damaging predictions of mental disorders or even criminality and violence in adulthood.
Diagnosing Disorderly Children explores the effects of this growing tendency to diagnose children as disorderly, and questions whether what is being done is right for the child and for society.
Based on the author's extensive research with children diagnosed with behavioral difficulties, this book provides a thorough critique of today's practices, and examines:
- The traditional analysis of behavioral disorders and the making of "disorderly" children
- The influence of "expert knowledge" on behavioral disorders and its influence on schools, communities and a new generation of teachers
- The effect of discourses of mental disorder on children and young people
- The increasing "medicalization" of children by prescribing drugs such as Ritalin
Diagnosing Disorderly Children offers an innovative, accessible and timely analysis of a critical issue facing schools and society today. The book uses Foucaultian notions to pose critical questions of the practices that make children disorderly. Rich in case studies and interviews with children and young people, this will make fascinating reading for students, academics and researchers working in the fields of education, inclusion, educational psychology and youth studies.
The Business Of Writing For Children
Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books.
Topics include common myths about children's writing, children's book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript format, submission strategies, contract negotiation, the publishing process, career building, and children's writer resources. Also included are specialized subjects such as querying for multiple manuscripts, promoting a first book, and self publishing.
Read "The Business of Writing for Children" to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself.
Aaron Shepard is the author of "The Legend of Lightning Larry," "The Baker's Dozen," and sixteen more picture books and early readers, along with several chapter books for middle grades, extensive resources for storytelling and reader's theater, and a graphic novel. His publishers have included Atheneum, Scribners, Clarion, Lothrop, Dial, and HarperCollins, as well as Cricket and Australia's School Magazine. Aaron's work has been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Folklore Society, The New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education. He has been a judge for the Golden Kite Awards of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
"BRAVO! I thought it had pretty much all been said, but I was wrong. All the nuts and bolts are here as well as rules that bear repeating, PLUS insights not usually found in how-to books. Clearly and concisely written, this is an invaluable resource for both beginning and more accomplished writers." -- Susan Pearson, Editor-in-Chief, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
"Aaron Shepard has written one of the most comprehensive guides available to anyone wishing to enter the competitive field of children's books. It's all here, from initial idea to successful sale, and then beyond to the essentials of contracts, promotion, and the ABCs of building a successful career. If you're starting out, start out here." -- Stephen Mooser, children's author
"Here's clearly-written, no-nonsense help for children's writers by a craftsman. Every fledgling author should own this book." -- Stephen Fraser, Executive Editor, Aladdin Paperbacks
"Aaron Shepard's The Business of Writing for Children is a wonderful resource. His experience-based insights into the art and business of children's writing will save beginning writers years of wasted effort -- and help published writers achieve long-term success." -- Kathleen Duey, children's author
"The Business of Writing for Children is a one-stop shopping center, a complete how-to-do-it guide for the writer who wants a jump-start on looking professional even though he/she may be turning out a first book. Editors will love you if you do it Shepard's way." -- Audrey Baird, Editor, Once Upon A Time
"I carry around a file folder of materials which I share with unpublished writers and illustrators. This book is so comprehensive, I plan to replace my file folder with it. Whether you are a novice or a professional, The Business of Writing for Children needs to be in your library. DON'T write a book without it!" -- Leslie Tryon, children's author/illustrator
Helping Young Children At Risk
This volume is the result of the clinical, administrative, and advocacy experience that Dr. Plenk gained during the growth and development of The Children's Center in Salt Lake City. Using the day-treatment group therapy model, young children with emotional problems have been helped to eliminate difficulties that affect their education at a very early age. As a community agency built on a shoestring budget, the state, federal, and local levels have contributed to major improvements in the learning and family life of many individuals associated with The Children's Center. This is their story written by the founder and executive director, now retired.
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