A Toss Of The Dice: Stories From A Pediatrician's Practice by Natasha T. Hays

By Natasha T. Hays

Informed from a pediatrician's point of view, A Toss of the cube finds what it truly is prefer to diagnose and deal with teenagers with developmental difficulties. Natasha T. Hays makes use of tales from her pediatric perform to demonstrate the demanding situations confronted by means of young children with types of specified wishes, together with autism, bipolar ailment, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, realization deficit hyperactivity illness, and giftedness. during this hugely readable publication, Hays combines tales of inspirational little ones with priceless scientific info and remedies. A Toss of the cube indicates the human point of view of the interplay among healthcare professional and sufferer. It informs mom and dad, lecturers, medical professionals and overall healthiness pros in addition to the overall reader.

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The Fragile X boy, however, has mild mental retardation, a diagnosis of mild autism, and some behavior problems which are managed well with Adderal (a stimulant) and Paxil (an antidepressant and antianxiety medication). The Fragile X daughter has some learning problems in math and written language and poor social skills. ” She was also very shy, though she has gradually outgrown this. Both children have a secondary diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which is another symptom of Fragile X.

A light came into her eyes. “Oh, okay,” she said. “I’m mentally retarded. ” She realized that this was something she could deal with. I enjoy going to the Down Syndrome Association’s yearly conferences in Charlotte because it is a wonderful opportunity to see how families and children have coped with their special situations. One family told the audience about their 15-year-old son, David, who had fallen in love with a girl, Jennifer, in his special education class, and she with him. They held each other’s hands and spent every moment at school together.

The educational diagnostician, Wilson, would determine that the language problem was affecting the child’s general knowledge and pre-academic skills and would decide what areas needed work. I might discover that the child had a genetic syndrome causing that hearing loss. The physical therapist, Lela, would note that the child had balance difficulties. Lucy, our social worker, would pinpoint the stresses in the family that might interfere with their getting help for the child, and we would all brainstorm for solutions.

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