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Physical Disabilities: Perspectives, Risk Factors and Quality of Life

Physical disabilities are impairments which limit an individual's physical function. This book reviews risk factors and the affect physical disabilities have on quality of life. Chapter One examines quality of life theories and models and reviews quality of life and physical activity research. Chapter Two reviews programs and practices that improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour force. Chapter Three discusses enablers and barriers affecting motor vehicle transportation among children and youth with physical disabilities. Chapter Four focuses on abusive behavior towards physically disabled patients by their health providers.

Learning Disabilities: Assessment, Management and Challenges

This book contains assessments, management options and challenges for individuals with learning disabilities. Chapter One reviews whether there is enough clinical-epidemiological evidence to support the definition of dyscalculia as a nosological category. Chapter Two examines current findings and scientific evidence that is needed to better understand metacognitive ability in higher education students with learning disorders. Chapter Three discusses the importance of hearing loss identification and rehabilitation, aimed at professionals across different disciplines and also as a starting point for those new to the audiology profession. Chapter Four details a piece of original qualitative research, designed to improve audiological issues for adults with learning disabilities and hearing loss who are supported by paid caregivers. Chapter Five focuses on the examination of the major deficits of reading in English and Chinese writing systems; reviews instructional methods to the sub-types of students with reading disabilities; and introduces recent developments in teaching programs for students with reading disabilities. Chapter Six discusses the impact of challenging behaviour on families and provides avenues for support. Chapter Seven shows the way Ariel University in Israel is dealing with the goal of giving students with learning disabilities an opportunity of being part of society and the academic world. Chapter Eight examines whether and to what extent academic institutions integrate students with high-functioning autism.

Defying Disability: The Lives and Legacies of Nine Disabled Leaders

This book tells the stories of nine disabled leaders who, by force of personality and concrete achievement, have made us think differently about disability. Whatever direction they have come from, they share a common will to change society so that disabled people get a fair deal. There are compelling biographies of: · Sir Bert Massie: public servant · Lord (Jack) Ashley: Labour politician · Rachel Hurst: activist and campaigner · Tom Shakespeare: academic · Phil Friend: entrepreneur and business consultant · Peter White: broadcaster · Mat Fraser: actor, musician and performer · Andrew Lee: activist and campaigner · Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson: Paralympic champion Defying Disability is based on extensive interviews with the subjects and the people who know them. It marks their similarities and differences, the forces that drove them to achieve, the impact they have had on policies and practice, and how the modern history of disability in the UK has been played out in their lives. Defying Disability is not just a good read; it will inform professionals in the field, students in disability studies, disabled people, their families and careers, and everyone interested in disability politics and policies.

Understanding Developmental Disorders of Auditory Processing, Language and Literacy: International Perspectives

Understanding Developmental Disorders of Auditory Processing, Language and Literacy Across Languages Auditory processing disorders, reading and writing disorders, language disorders, and other related disorders - these disorders seem distinct among one another from historical and professional practice perspectives but more and more research suggests that they in fact overlap in many ways including clinical presentations, suspected underlying causes, diagnostic criteria, and re/habilitation strategies. On January 4-7, 2012, the conference Global Conference on Disorders in Auditory Processing, Literacy, Language & Related Sciences (APLL 2012) was held in The Hong Kong Institute of Education. This was the world's first platform for interdisciplinary discussions and collaborations on ways we can better serve children who suffer from the above closely related disorders through future research. Due to the huge success of APLL2012, to promote continuous discussions of the conference theme, the conference organizing committee decided to invite scholars, scientists, and practitioners to contribute their work to the eleventh volume in the Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning research monograph series. This volume is focused on issues in typical and disordered developments in auditory processing, literacy, and language across different cultural and linguistic contexts in Asia, Europe and North America. The contributors of this volume offer insightful theoretical and practical ideas to shape future directions in research, assessment, intervention, and education. This is an intriguing and inspiring volume for students, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of speech-language pathology, audiology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, neuropsychology, and other related disciplines. By bringing in respective leaders in the fields, we hope that this book will open new windows to promote advancements in related research initiatives, continuing cross disciplinary discussions and collaborations on ways that we can better service individuals suffer from these closely related disorders through future research.

When You Can't Believe Your Eyes: Vision Loss and Personal Recovery

This book was first projected in 2004, when Author Hannah Fairbairn was teaching interpersonal skills at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Massachusetts. The experiences of her adult students—and her own experience of sight lost—convinced her that everyone losing vision needs access to good information about the process of adjustment to losing sight and practical ways to use assertive speech. When You Can't Believe Your Eyes is intended for anyone going through vision loss, their friends, and families. It will inform readers how to get expert professional help, face the trauma of loss, and navigate the world using speech more than sight. Each of the twelve chapters in the book contain many short sections and bullet-point lists, intended to facilitate access to the right information. It begins where you begin—at the doctor's office or the hospital. Since vision loss takes many forms, there are suggestions for questions you might ask to get a clear diagnosis and the best treatment. Part One also has a description of legal blindness and possible prevention, advice about your job, and tips for life at home. Part Two is about believing in yourself as you deal with the loss, the anger, and the fear before you come up for air and consider training. Parts Three and Four describe using assertive speech and action in all kinds of settings as your independence and confidence increase. Part Five gives detailed information about everything from dating, and caring for babies to senior living, volunteering, and retaining your job. It is hoped that by reading and trying out the suggestions, the reader will recover full confidence, become a positive, assertive communicator, and lead a satisfying life. Because vision loss happens mostly in older years, the book is written with seniors particularly in mind. Professionals will also find it to be a useful resource for their patients.

Eating Disorders: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Treatment Options

Body image is a subjective multidimensional construction that has an early and continuous influence on one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Throughout the lifespan, the body image suffers several influences and changes, as it is a complex and contextualized construct. Body image distortion may lead to the development of an eating disorder. Eating disorders are characterized by a persistent disturbance of eating or eating-related behavior that results in altered consumptions or absorptions of food and that can significantly impair physical health or psychological functioning. This book provides an in-depth review of the prevalence of eating disorders. It also discusses several risk factors, and available treatment options for those suffering from eating disorders.

Developing Workplace Skills for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The BASICS College Curriculum

The BASICS College Curriculum presents a hands-on approach to learning essential independence and life skills for students and new graduates with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The fourth book helps young adults to develop strategies for successfully managing workplace challenges, both before they enter the workplace and during employment. Students or recent graduates are shown how to identify and develop strategies to overcome common challenges associated with ASD in the workplace. These include communication and social interactions with colleagues, working in a team, proactively and successfully managing workload, dealing with stress, and managing their emotions. Ideal for graduates to use independently or for students in their last year of college, each chapter has a lesson-based progressive structure, providing valuable information and advice for the student, useful diagrams, practical exercises and workbook components that can be filled in at home or in class. Self-assessment tools ensure the skills from each chapter can be reviewed and adjusted as necessary. The book can be used on its own or in conjunction with the other books in the BASICS curriculum for a complete program of self-development.

Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Going to college can be a daunting prospect for any young person, but for teenagers on the autism spectrum this is especially true. This book describes the unique needs that ASD students entering further or higher education are likely to have. The author identifies the key skill-sets they will need to develop in order to be successful in college and in life, and shows how they can be helped to develop these. She outlines the skills required for success in further and higher education in relation to the strengths and weaknesses of individuals with ASDs, and explains how those weaknesses can be ameliorated to enable success at college. Describing the unique accommodations and support that students with ASD will need, and the skills for which they will need particular help, she provides effective intervention strategies that can be implemented throughout the period leading up to college entrance. This book is essential reading for psychologists, special educators, educational therapists, high school teachers/career counselors, and other professionals supporting high school and college students on the autism spectrum. Parents of such students will also benefit from the ideas presented in this book.


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Developing Mental Toughness: Improving Performance, Wellbeing and Positive Behaviour in Others

Mental toughness is about how effectively individuals respond when faced with stress, pressure and challenge. Understanding this concept is essential to improving performance for both the individual and the organization, and this book, one of the first in the field to take a look at mental toughness as a serious discipline, teaches you how to assess mental toughness in individuals and organizations to drive performance, improve your own ability to cope with stress and apply a range of techniques required to recognize, use and develop mental toughness effectively. Full of sample exercises and case studies, this book also features the Mental Toughness Questionnaire - a unique self-assessment tool to determine your mental toughness score and what this means. Tracing its development from sports psychology into the world of health, education and business, Developing Mental Toughness takes a deep look at mental toughness and its application at the organizational level.

Good Practice in Adult Mental Health

This text is a guide to good practice within adult mental health care, providing a comprehensive introduction to mental health and illness. It is designed to aid mental health professionals and workers, agencies, and any individuals coming in to contact with mental illness, in recognizing a mental health need or problem and offering appropriate support. This is an essential introduction written by practitioners, and also draws from the personal experiences of service users and careers, providing up-to-date and topical material covering major issues such as: * the concepts of mental health, illness and recovery * advocacy and empowerment * legal and policy issues relating to practice * gender and ethnicity in mental health * violence and abuse. The broad range of this book makes it an excellent resource for mental health practitioners, whether experienced or new to the field, support workers, students, and anyone interested in understanding the complexities of mental illness and the mental health system.


Anxiety disorders are significant mental health illnesses that impair lives and cost society millions of dollars in health care expenses and lost productivity. Greater awareness of anxiety disorders is essential for both the general public and health professionals if those who suffer from them are to be identified, receive proper treatment, and have a chance at leading fulfilling lives. To that end, Anxiety begins with a historical overview of the ways in which anxiety disorders have been understood, from the prehistoric era until the present time, examining the disorders from the perspectives of conceptualization, classification, research, and treatment. Subsequent chapters examine these themes in light of our current understanding and approaches to anxiety disorders. Current diagnostic and assessment methods are discussed, as are modern treatment options. The book concludes with a survey of the future directions in research for the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Depression 101

“This latest installment in the Psych 101 series is a reader-friendly discussion of one of the most common mental health disorders -- depression. With the advent of the DSM-5, this book is not only timely, but it also provides a life-span approach to understanding depression.”--Doody's Medical Reviews Depression, often referred to as the “common cold of psychopathology,” is among the most prevalent psychiatric conditions, yet it remains challenging to understand and treat. Depression 101 provides a reader-friendly overview of unipolar and bipolar depression and provides the most current and intriguing scientific knowledge on this topic. Unique in its transdisciplinary and lifespan approaches to depression, the text explicitly integrates models of depression across childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Depression 101 establishes an organizational framework for understanding the multiple pathways that can lead to depression. It describes the fundamental distinctions between unipolar and bipolar disorders, and provides a model for understanding of mood disorders on a continuum of severity. The text illuminates how such major psychology disciplines as clinical, developmental, evolutionary, personality, and behavioral neuroscience shed light on the causes, risk factors, and treatment options for the full spectrum of depressive disorders. Cultural and gender as variables are examined as is depression across the lifespan. Additionally the text clarifies common misconceptions about depression and mood disorders, and considers how the recently-released DSM-5 affects diagnostic practice. Key Features: Provides an accessible reader-friendly overview of depression and related mood disorders Explores cutting edge research on psychology from across a wide range of psychological disciplines Takes a lifespan approach, viewing depression as it affects people at all ages of development Clarifies common misconceptions about depression and other mood disorders Reviews causes, risk factors, and treatment options for the full spectrum of depressive disorders Updated to reflect changes in diagnosis as provided in DSM-5.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is one of the most common and disabling conditions affecting humankind. It is a leading cause of disability and mortality worldwide, affecting millions of people. The illness is complex and dynamic, so that many individuals are misdiagnosed for years and clinicians struggle with identifying the most appropriate and successful treatment. Because it is complex and common, people suffering from bipolar disorder seek help from clinicians of all types - from psychiatrists, family doctors, gynecologists, and internists to psychologists, social workers and other therapists. For clinicians without significant experience with bipolar disorder, how to manage the condition can be mystifying. Even experienced psychiatrists will frequently find themselves uncertain of the best approach to a given individual with bipolar illness. This pocket-sized guide was specifically written with this diverse group of clinicians in mind. It provides a concise, practical and current overview of bipolar disorder, including making a correct diagnosis, identifying important medical and psychiatric comorbidities, and describing our current understanding of the epidemiology, genetics and neurobiology of the condition. In addition to these topics to provide context, the majority of the book is focused on a programmatic approach toward managing bipolar disorder, including discussions of specific subpopulations, such as children or women who are pregnant. The book may also be of interest for people with bipolar disorder and their families, to help guide treatment seeking and provide education about this sometimes mystifying condition. The author is an internationally recognized and trusted expert in the study and treatment of bipolar disorder, annually named a Best Doctor® and recognized by US News and World Report® as a Top 1% Psychiatrist, whose own extensive clinical experience working with people with bipolar disorder guides this book.

Moving On: A Guide to Good Health and Recovery for People with a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

About one person in a hundred will be diagnosed with schizophrenia at some time in their life. The condition can be severe and debilitating with symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations and the loss of concentration, motivation and social skills. But schizophrenia is not a degenerative or life-threatening condition and in recent years improved knowledge and understanding, psychological treatments and more tolerable medication have greatly increased people's ability to manage their symptoms and live a 'normal' life. This straightforward, accessible and inspiring guide provides information on: - The myths and misconceptions surrounding schizophrenia- The possible causes and how the illness is diagnosed- Medication and other treatment options; sources of support- Improving health and well-being- Employment - paid and voluntary- Complementary therapies - Counselling and psychotherapy The guide also includes the latest research findings and personal accounts of recovery by people with the diagnosis.

Severe and Enduring Eating Disorder (SEED): Management of Complex Presentations of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa

The book explores the clinical challenge of long-term eating disorders and examines the physical and psychological problems, family issues and difficulties in day-to-day living that patients with SEED can experience. Explores the clinical challenge of long-term eating disorders--often compounded by co-morbidity with depression, self-harm, OCD or psychosis Eating disorders can persist for many years, yet are rarely classified as 'severe and enduring' in the way that other disorders such as schizophrenia can be Introduces Severe and Enduring Eating Disorder (SEED) as a concept, and draws on detailed case histories to describe its assessment and treatment Examines the physical and psychological problems, family issues and difficulties in day-to-day living that patients with SEED can experience Discusses treatment approaches including Rehabilitation Eating Disorders Psychiatry--also covers treatment in a range of different settings.

Facts and Fictions in Mental Health

Written in a lively and entertaining style, Facts and Fictions in Mental Health examines common conceptions and misconceptions surrounding mental health and its treatment. Each chapter focuses on a misconception and is followed by a discussion of related findings from scientific research. A compilation of the authors' "Facts and Fictions" columns written for Scientific American Mind, with the addition of six new columns exclusive to this book Written in a lively and often entertaining style, accessible to both the undergraduate and the interested general reader Each chapter covers a different "fiction" and allows readers to gain a more balanced and accurate view of important topics in mental health The six new columns examine myths and misconceptions of considerable interest and relevance to undergraduates in abnormal psychology courses Introductory material and references are included throughout the book.

Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day: A Doctor's Guide to Solving Your Sleep Problems

For those who have trouble falling asleep, awake exhausted, or are awakened throughout the night by a restless or snoring partner, help is here. Do you take a long time to get up and get going in the morning? Do you wake up feeling like you barely slept at all? Do you wake up in the early morning hours and find it difficult to go back to sleep? Do you have uncomfortable feeling in your extremities that keep you from falling or staying asleep? Do recurrent nightmares disturb your sleep? If you or someone you love has trouble sleeping, Dr. Robert S. Rosenberg will help you identify the problem and provide targeted solutions so you can start awakening refreshed and renewed immediately. Based on the most recent research and including real patient stories from Dr. Rosenberg’s practice, his new book discusses the most common causes and symptoms of each disorder, answers the most frequently asked questions about each and provides the latest solutions to help you finally get a good night’s sleep. A sleep specialist and researcher, Rosenberg also shares the latest research on the connections between sleep disorders and PTSD and ADHD. And his ten-point plan for getting your best sleep will help you improve the quality of your sleep and your health and mood right away. Dr. Rosenberg will help you: Prevent and manage sleep disorders, including insomnia, restless leg syndrome, snoring, sleepwalking, and sleep eating, among others Improve your sleep habits Find relief from your symptoms Ask your doctor the right questions Enhance the quality of sleep Manage stress and anxiety Find the right doctor to diagnose and treat your sleep disorder.

Washing My Life Away : Surviving Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

How many of us double check that we really have locked the door or switched off the iron? For some people, such mundane everyday worries can become life-ruining obsessions. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) affects one in fifty people and one of them was Ruth Deane. In this frank and personal account she shares her own experience as an OCD sufferer, from the first innocuous signs of onset to the devastating effect of the condition on her relationships with her family and friends, her self-esteem and her marriage. Ruth Deane takes the reader on a moving, honest and at times light-hearted journey, from washing her hands until they cracked and bled, to hospital admission and eventual management and recovery from OCD. This book offers hope and support to sufferers and an insight into the disorder for family, friends, professionals and all those who want or need to understand OCD and the recovery process.

Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health

The Nature Rx movement is changing campus life. Offering alternative ways to deal with the stress that students are under, these programs are redefining how to provide students with the best possible environment in which to be healthy, productive members of the academic community. In Nature Rx, Donald A. Rakow and Gregory T. Eells summarize the value of nature prescription programs designed to encourage college students to spend time in nature and to develop a greater appreciation for the natural world. Because these programs are relatively new, there are many lessons for practitioners to learn; but clinical studies demonstrate that students who regularly spend time in nature have reduced stress and anxiety levels and improved mood and outlook. In addition to the latest research, the authors present a step-by-step formula for constructing, sustaining, and evaluating Nature Rx programs, and they profile four such programs at American colleges. The practical guidance in Nature Rx alongside the authors' vigorous argument for the benefits of these programs for both students and institutions places Rakow and Eells at the forefront of this burgeoning movement.

ADHD in Teens & Young Adults: A Mindfulness Workbook to Keep You ANCHORED

Dealing with ADHD-related difficulties is tough, especially for young people balancing school, friends, family and thinking about their futures. Author Dr. Melissa Springstead Cahill developed the mindfulness-based ANCHORED approach, to help teens become more focused, functional and happy, and make every day struggles easier to deal with A: Attention and Acceptance N: Natural Awareness C: Concentrate on Purpose H: Happy Homework O: Open and Organized R: Recognize, Relax, and Reflect E: Emotions D: Determination Look inside and find: - Mindfulness exercises - Worksheets - Meditation scripts Improve: - Executive function skills - Attention & memory - Emotions - Interpersonal relationships - Ability to cope with stress.