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Sue West Author- AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN DEVELOPING BETTER HELP FOR DISADVNTAGED, ADHD, AUTISTIC AND FOSTER KIDS

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN  DEVELOPING BETTER HELP FOR DISADVANTAGED, ADHD, AUTISTIC AND FOSTER KIDS

by Sue West

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN examines various theoretical models used in working with children such as the Wellness Model, the Illness Model, and the Whole Child Model.  The book discusses the tendency of some practitioners to approach problems through perceived inherent weaknesses and illnesses in order to alter and “correct” the child.  In contrast, the book also recounts examples in which the strengths of children are used as a portal through which wellness can be found and supported.

Gripping human interest stories provide examples of the two approaches.  A discussion of social controversies and conflicts also employs riveting examples of the application of well-meaning but obsolete or misguided theories, as opposed to approaches grounded in fuller research … and in experience and cutting-edge training in helping kids.

Sue West graduated from the Arizona state university system with a master’s degree in education She taught junior high school in disadvantaged and mixed socioeconomic areas in the 1980’s for nine years in Arizona.

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN contains 50 bibliographic references and quotes many other sources such as news articles and documentary movies.  The book will appeal to mentors, tutors, teachers, parents, children’s therapists and social workers.  The work is published by:

Sue West Books

3400 E. Speedway Blvd,  #118-132

Tucson, Az,   85716-3960

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN is perfectbound in paperback form, and was printed in January of 2012.  The ISBN number is 978-0-9847611-0-4.

 

 

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Sue West Author- AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN

Developing Better Help for Disadvantaged, ADHD, Autistic and Foster Kids

by Sue West

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN examines various theoretical models used in working with children such as the Wellness Model, the Illness Model, and the Whole Child Model. The book discusses the tendency of some practitioners to approach problems through perceived inherent weaknesses and illnesses in order to alter and “correct” the child. In contrast, the book also recounts examples in which the strengths of children are used as a portal through which wellness can be found and supported.

Gripping human interest stories provide example of two approaches. A discussion of social controversies and conflicts also employs riveting examples of the application of well-meaning but obsolete or misguided theories, as opposed to approaches grounded in fuller research … and in experience and cutting-edge training for helping kids.

Sue West graduated from the Arizona state university system with a master’s degree in education. She taught junior high school in disadvantaged and mixed socioeconomic areas in the 1980’s for nine years.

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN contains 50 bibliographic references and quotes many other sources such as new articles and documentary movies. The book will appeal to mentors, tutors, teachers, parents, children’s therapists and social workers. The work is published by:

Sue West Books
3400 E. Speedway Blvd. 118-132
Tucson, AZ 85716-3960

AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN is perfectbound in paperback form, and was printed in January of 2012. The work is available from Antigone Books in Tucson.

ISBN 978-0-9847611-0-4
$15.95

Penelope Porter, mother of six, grandmother of nine and writer of a series of READER’S DIGEST animal stories has provided this review: “Sue West writes from the heart, using her pen to defend children. AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN makes the case that kids are one of the most precious natural resources for this country’s future.”

Sue West’s blog is available at TwistedChildren.com. Topics covered are Disadvantage, ADHAD, Autism, Foster Care, Kids and Government Policy, as well as Kids and Guns.

Email: Sue@SueWestBooks.com

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Sue West Author- AMERICA’S TWISTED CHILDREN: DEVELOPING HELP FOR DISADVANTAGED, ADHD, AUTISTIC AND FOSTER KIDS

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.

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