Making Sense of Children's Thinking and Behavior


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Table of Contents

Contents: About the Authors. Introduction. 1. The Systematic Tool to Analyze Thinking (STAT). 2. Abstract Language. 3. Motor. 4. Sensory. 5. Spatial Orientation. 6. Control/Consistency. 7. Thinking About Others Thinking (Theory of Mind). 8. Social Communication. 9. Emotions. 10. Mental Flexibility. 11. Impulsivity. 12. Executive Functions.13. Anxiety. 14. Believe. Appendix I Summary of the Systematic Tool to Analyze Thinking. Appendix II The Systematic Tool to Analyze Thinking: full version. Appendix III Story Locator. Index.

About the Author

Leslie Holzhauser-Peters has thirty years of experience working in the public school setting in the fields of Special Education and General Education. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Supervisor and Curriculum Consultant and has authored several publications. Over the past few years she has acted both as an advocate and speech language pathologist to her co-author's son Joshua. Leslie True is the mother of three sons. The oldest, Joshua, has been diagnosed with a NLD. She has devoted years to actively campaigning on Joshua's behalf and, for the past year, has worked as an instructional aide for a child diagnosed with a NLD.


The book is very accessible and will sit comfortably with those parents and professionals, who view the world from a medical perspective, where understanding is gained through a within-child deficit model... This book is recommended for those parents and professionals who prefer a diagnostic approach to understanding child development, rather than those who operate in amore socially constructed world.
*British Psychological Society, Debate*

This book gives clear examples of the areas of difficulty experienced by children with autistic features...The authors' Systematic Tool to Analyze Thinking could be easily implemented by speech and language therapists and mainstream school staff in regular contact with the children. It promotes the benefits of thinking about the thought processes that drive the children's actions...I enjoyed thsi book because it is easy to dip in and out of, and provides good value for money.
*Speech & Language Therapy in Practice*

Ms Holzhauser-Peter and True provide a practical guide to deciphering and translating cognitive, communication and behavioural aspects of children they categorize as neurologically different.
*Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders*

Finally there is a concrete, step-by-step, process to help parents (and anyone who lives or works with these children) to figure out what may be underlying the thoughts and actions of neurologically different children... I find this book to be definitely a step in the right direction to help bridge the gap in understanding that often exists between people who are neurologically diverse. I applaud the effort and strongly recommend it for anyone who lives or works with someone with neurological differences... child or adult.
*Making Sense of Autism*

I would highly recommend this book to parents and practitioners from education, health and social care. The case studies could also be used to encourage discussions during a training session.
*Good Autism Practice*

From case studies to help describe the twelve common deficit areas to applying the STAT formula to common scenarios, this is a practical resource for parents and professionals working with kids, and an invaluable guide for any special education collection.
*The Midwest Book Review*

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