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Alphabet Kids – From ADD to Zellweger Syndrome A Guide to Developmental, Neurobiological and Psychological Disorders for Parents and Professionals

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Book - Alphabet Kids – From ADD to Zellweger Syndrome A Guide to Developmental, Neurobiological and Psychological Disorders for Parents and Professionals

by: Robbie Woliver

About the author:

Robbie Woliver is a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning journalist and editor who was a columnist for Newsday, senior editor at Village Voice's suburban edition, writer for The New York Times and editor-in-chief of the Long Island Press, where he also helmed the newspaper's award-winning series "Our Children's Brains." He is the author of several books: Wyoming & March, Bringing It All Back Home, Hoot!, Creation and If I Knew Then, which won the 2005 Independent Publisher Book Awards for "Outstanding Book of the Year" and "Most Inspirational to Youth." In 2009, he was the recipient of the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and Alphabet Kids garnered him another Independent Publisher Book Award. He lives in New York with his wife, Marilyn, son, Cory, and daughter, Emma.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-880-1

Year: 2008

Publication Info: 480pp


From ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to ZS (Zellweger Syndrome)-there seems to be an alphabet disorder for almost every behavior, from those caused by serious, rare genetic diseases to more common learning disabilities that hinder children’s academic and social progress.

Alphabet Kids have disorders that are often concurrent, interconnected or mistaken for one another: for example, the frequent combination of ASD, OCD, SID and ADHD. If a doctor only diagnoses one condition, he or she may have missed others. As the rates of these disorders dramatically rise, Alphabet Kids explains it all. Robbie Woliver covers 70 childhood disorders, providing information on causes, cures, treatments and prognoses. Chapters include a comprehensive list of signs and symptoms, and the disorders are illustrated with often heartbreaking, but always inspirational true-life stories of a child with the particular disorder.

This comprehensive, easy-to-read go-to guide will help parents to sort through all the interconnected childhood developmental, neurobiological and psychological disorders and serve as a roadmap to help start the families’ journey for correct diagnoses, effective treatment and better understanding of their Alphabet Kids.



Introduction. What You Need To Know. Warning. A. AAS: Aarskog Syndrome. ADHD: Attention-Deficit/Hyperacivity Disorder. AN: Anorexia Nervosa. APD: Auditory Processing Disorder. AS: Aarskog Syndrome. AS: Angelman Syndrome. AS: Asperger Syndrome. ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder. B. Binge-Eating Disorder. Bulimia Nervosa. C. CA: Childhood Agoraphobia. CAD: Childhood Adjustment Disorder. CAS: Childhood Apraxia of Speech. CBPD: Childhood Bipolar Disorder. CSS: Clumsy Child Syndrome. CD: Childhood Depression. CD: Conduct Disorder. CDCS: Cri Du Chat Syndrome. CDD: Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. CdLS: Cornelia De Lange Syndrome. CLS: Coffin-Lowry Syndrome. CMT: Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease. COS: Childhood Onset Schizophrenia. CS: Cockayne Syndrome. DGS: Developmental Gerstmann’s Syndrome. DPD: Dependent Personality Disorder. DS: Down Syndrome. Dyscalculia. Dysgraphia. Dyslexia. Dystonia. E. ED: Eating Disorder. EDS: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. ERLD: Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder. F. FXS: Fragile X Syndrome. G. GAD: General Anxiety Disorder. H. HPD: Histrionic Personality Disorder. HS: Hyperlexia Syndrome. HTD: Hypothyroidism Disorder. L. LD: Learning Disability. LKS: Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. LNS: Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome. M. MCSS: Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Syndrome. MD: Muscular Dystrophy. MR: Mental Retardation. MSDD: Multisystem Developmental Disorder. N. NLD: Nonverbal Learning Disability. O. OCD: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. ODD: Oppositional Defiance Disorder. P. PAPD: Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder. PD: Panic Disorder. PD: Personality Disorder. PDD: Pervasive Developmental Disorder. PDD-NOS: Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified. Phobias. Pica. PKU: Phenylketonuria. PPD: Paranoid Personality Disorder. PWS: Prader-Willi Syndrome. R. RAD: Reactive Attachment Disorder. RS: Rett’s Syndrome. S. SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD: Separation Anxiety Disorder. SID: Sensory Integration Disorder. SLD: Speech-Language Disorder. SLOS: Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome. SM: Selective Mutism. SMS: Smith-Magenis Syndrome. SPD: Schizoid Personality Disorder. SPLD: Semantic Pragmatic Language Disorder. STPD: Schizotypal Personality Disorder. T. TS: Tourette Syndrome. W. WD: Wilson’s Disease. WS: Williams Syndrome. X. XXYS: Xxy Syndrome. Z. ZS: Zellweger Syndrome. Resources: General Resources. Autism Resources. Eating Disorder Resources. Learning Disability Resources. Index.



This book is a wonderful tome of knowledge on neurobiological , developmental and genetic diseases which any parent or professional dealing with atypical children or indeed adults, should have at their fingertips… This book enables parents to make sense of a range of symptoms and signposts them to a likely diagnosis… It is a book that should be on the bookshelf’s of parents with children of difference, of all educators and clinicians… In reading it you cannot forget that we are all unique and that most problems have a cause and many can be cured, treated and if not treated, at least understood and accepted with knowledge, compassion and patience.


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