By Natasha T. Hays
Informed from a pediatrician's standpoint, A Toss of the cube finds what it truly is prefer to diagnose and deal with little ones with developmental difficulties. Natasha T. Hays makes use of tales from her pediatric perform to demonstrate the demanding situations confronted through youngsters with types of precise wishes, together with autism, bipolar sickness, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, cognizance deficit hyperactivity affliction, and giftedness. during this hugely readable ebook, Hays combines tales of inspirational kids with valuable clinical info and healing procedures. A Toss of the cube exhibits the human point of view of the interplay among medical professional and sufferer. It informs mom and dad, academics, medical professionals and future health pros in addition to the overall reader.
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Extra resources for A Toss Of The Dice: Stories From A Pediatrician's Practice
Parents always worry that their children’s problems relate to something they did wrong, and in this case, it was true. I did tell her not to blame herself too much, because addiction is a very difficult problem to overcome, and I knew she would not deliberately have hurt her baby. We encouraged her to go to Alcoholics Anonymous or to see a counselor. She found the strength to do this, though she worried to us that she would get in trouble with the law for having damaged her child. She has been sober for four years now and devotes a good bit of time to teaching others about the problem and counseling pregnant women who are drinking.
I know one mother, a former drinker, who has a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. When we saw her child, he was seven and in his second year of kindergarten. Although friendly and likeable, he was extremely active, climbing under tables, turning flips down the hall and ripping the pillows GENETICS AND SYNDROMES 51 off the rocking chair. We certainly had no worries about his large muscle skills! Finally, Lucy, our social worker, stopped him and held him in her lap. Nicky wriggled and squirmed for a while, but then settled in to cuddle.
The rule of thumb given to doctors is that if there is unexplained mental retardation in a child who has a family with a history of developmental delay, do the blood test for Fragile X. Some doctors even test anyone with an unexplained developmental delay. I used to see a delightful family with a child, Damone, who was severely retarded because his mother had been exposed to toxoplasmosis, a virus sometimes found in cat feces, while she was pregnant. ) Damone was an exceptionally sweet child with a smile and a laugh for everyone, and I always enjoyed his visits.
A Toss Of The Dice: Stories From A Pediatrician's Practice by Natasha T. Hays