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Book Review: Parenting the ADD child: Can’t do Won’t do? Practical strategies for managing behaviour problems in children with ADD and ADHD

Book Review: Parenting the ADD child: Can’t do Won’t do? Practical strategies for managing behaviour problems in children with ADD and ADHD were, how they clarified difficult issues spanning terminology and conceptual understanding and how they encouraged group discussion. Particularly interesting were 'puzzles' to bring to life what is meant by metalinguistic abilities and why the acquisition of the alphabetic principle causes so much trouble to some children. Together with a set of interesting 'pen pictures' of children at risk of literacy failure for different reasons, these activities ensure the course is relevant and grounded in professional practice. I cannot recommend this package too highly. It will be an invaluable resource to professionals involved in training about, and raising awareness of children's oral language difficulties and how these impact on literacy development. The course is suitable for all health and education professionals involved with pre-school children, and the sessions could easily be modified for use with parents. The package is itself the product of a collaboration between two national organizations concerned with the identification of, and support for, children with language-learning difficulties, with members of the academic community. It is just the sort of enterprise we need to see more of ­ a true model of good practice. Reviewed by Maggie Snowling, Department of Psychology, University of York, York, UK. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Child Language Teaching and Therapy SAGE

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