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(*Books marked with an asterisk are reference material only).

A parent’s guide to childhood symptoms: Understanding the signals of illness from infancy through adolescence

Richard Martin, MD; New York: St. Martin’s Press; 1982 ISBN 0-312-59658-8

Every parent worries when their child is sick. But how many know how to distinguish a potential medical emergency from a minor problem that will disappear without treatment? This book is a complete manual, covering new-borns to adolescents, designed to provide easy to understand explanations of childhood illnesses, while easing the fears of anxious parents.

Eminently useful, this invaluable reference contains:

  1. A systematic, commonness approach to infants designed to reassure new parents: how to care for a healthy baby (including details on feeding, sleeping, crying, room temperature and noise) as well as the danger signs of real illness
  2. Instructions on how to examine a sick child, plus a comprehensive explanation of what is ‘normal’
  3. Symptoms of illness: a description of note worthy signs organised by body part (whole chapters are devoted to such symptoms as fever, chest and respiratory illness, abdominal pain, cold and recurrent infections); probable causes of the problem; possible treatments
  4. Diseases cross referenced with the symptoms section: detailed information on particular diseases and a guide to the most up to date remedies

This book is not meant to replace your doctor’s services – no book can or should. But it can help you decide if a doctor is really needed, and if so, will aid in accurately pinpointing what is wrong with your child. This is the definitive reference, the only book to cover children’s sickness in such depth, yet in clear, easy to understand language designed with parents in mind. You know your child best. Your well informed common sense combined with this book provides the most effective tool for combatting a parent’s natural feelings of helplessness in the face of illness, and for maintaining your child’s good health.

Children with Acquired Brain Injury: Educating and Supporting Families

Edited by George H.S. Singer, Ann Glang & Janet M. Williams; Maryland, USA: Paul H. Brookes Publishing; 1982 ISBN 1-55766-233-9

When children sustain brain injuries, families need help adapting to and coping with accompanying changes. This book provides practical help on a multitude of challenges including:

  1. Behavioural changes
  2. Substance abuse
  3. School re-entry issues
  4. Sibling needs
  5. Service coordination
  6. Vocational concerns

Insightful case studies illustrate the challenges encountered by children with moderate to severe brain injury, while the text addresses the medical, educational, psychosocial, and pre-vocational supports that families need. This book outlines practical strategies for providing effective individualised supports during the rehabilitation process and beyond.

This progressive book offers practitioners and preservice trainees in special and general education, school and hospital counselling, rehabilitation, nursing, and paediatric care, essential guidance in supporting families.

Your child has a disability: A complete sourcebook of daily and medical care

Mark L. Batshaw; Baltimore, Maryland, USA: Paul H. Brookes Publishing; 1991 ISBN 1-55766-374-2

When a child is diagnosed with a disability, parents can be overwhelmed by day to day physical and emotional demands. This comprehensive volume offers some welcome assistance with expert advice on a wide range of medical and educational issues. It also provides realistic coverage of the daily and long term care requirements of children with disabilities such as:

  1. Autism
  2. Hearing impairment
  3. Spina bifida
  4. Cerebral palsy
  5. Seizure disorders
  6. Mental retardation
  7. Visual impairment
  8. Communication disorders
  9. Muscular dystrophy
  10. Multiple disabilities
  11. Down syndrome

Detailed chapters explore treatment approaches, behaviour management, nutrition and dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and commonly used medicines. An essential resource for families, this sourcebook answers questions and offers practical information for making the best possible caregiving decisions for a child’s future.