AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN: DEVELOPING HELP FOR DISADVANTAGED, ADHD, AUTISTIC AND FOSTER KIDS
by Sue West
Dramatic human interest stories provide some of the answers to current children’s issues in a new book called AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN: DEVELOPING HELP FOR DISADVANTAGED,ADHD, AUTISTIC AND FOSTER KIDS.
Back in the 1970’s, author Sue West attended a graduate department in a college of education that provided observation of individual remedial reading instruction through one-way glass. The class worked in teams to make a written report (together with recommendations) on various non-readers.
The hope was that approaches superior to those that had already been used with each child or adult would solve instructional problems. Although the hidden graduate observers never knew what transpired much later in the short-term progress of those they observed, the watchers found the experience similar to watching a human dissection. In this case, however, they were seeing a pulling-apart of all the components that make up the act of reading. Environmental effects on the non-readers were also discussed.
Over the last 10 years, through extensive internet research—including videos—West has also examined the continuing failure of low income children (as a group) to keep up with advantaged children, as well as the swelling numbers of children with ADHD or autism. As a former reading teacher, she also knows of the great need for high quality day care and/or prekindergarten for kids in homes with few or no books or counting toys and games. In addition, she has firsthand knowledge of the increasing need for removal of kids from their homes into foster care or adoption programs.
AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN is available at Antigone Books, 411 North Fourth Avenue in Tucson, Arizona for $15.95. It can also be ordered from the Web site twistedchildren.com. The author’s blog, FairShake4Kids.com, may be accessed through twistedchildren.com.