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Making Sense of Interventions for Children with Developmental Disorders: A guide for Parents and Professionals

Caroline Bowen & Pamela Snow


Table of contents

Foreword by Dorothy V.M. Bishop - sets the stage with eloquence and grace.

Acknowledgements - 70 + people internationally have been acknowledged for the advice and support offered during the process of writing the book; not to mention the authors acknowledgement of each other's talents that were brought to the project.


      1.     Goldfields and Minefields

Choosing interventions is not about good-vs-evil (EBP-vs-CAM), or rational-vs-gullible (parents and professionals who pick one, the other, or both). It’s more nuanced than that. A guide for the guides.

2.     The Baby Business: Accelerating Typical Development

Get to know Dr Credible, toddlers in mortarboards and the lucrative trade in guilt-tripping parents and hothousing children.

3.     Executive Control, Attention, and Working Memory

Brain-Based Learning, Brain Gym, Cogmed, Growth Mind-set, Learning Styles; neurobabble, or what?

4.     Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

In which we analyse Astrological Psychology – the original trigger for the book – and much more. Spellbinding.

5.     Behaving, Feeling, and Getting Along with Others

Nurturing behavioural self-regulation. Should it involve much crying, smacking, medicating, restraining, humiliating, pontificating, or boot-camping … or interventions and support with more solid credentials?

6.     AAC: Controversies, Contradictions, and Change

Saved by typing? The perils of the ultimate fad intervention: Facilitated Communication and its aliases.

7.     Voice, Language, Speech, and Fluency

Homeopathy for the voice? Mozart for language? Mouth exercises for speech? Etalon for fluency? We think not.

8.     Auditory Processing and Learning

More Mozart; more fun but futile things to do with computers and headphones; more opportunity costs (Auditory Integration Therapies, Earobics, TLP, Tomatis, etc.), plus more sound common sense. 

9.     Reading

Few areas of child development occupy as contested a space as that claimed by reading instruction. Yup. You'll see why.

10.   Diets, Supplements, and Nutrition: What’s on the Menu?

You don’t need dysphagia to find some of these difficult to swallow, in a chapter peppered with astounding Pseudoscience Alerts. And we get our teeth into the double standards of retail pharmacy-and-CAM (complimentary and alternative medicine).

11.   Parents Navigating the Marketplace …

… can use our 7-point safety check for distinguishing not-so-exotic good-oil from oft-glamorous snake-oil.

12.   Treatment Choices in Everyday Practice

Ethical dilemmas faced by allied health professionals and teachers, and potential solutions tempered with kindness.


Stirring the possum: “To liven things up; create a disturbance; raise issues that others wish left dormant”, G.A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms. A potpourri of products and approaches.

References: Pointers to the levels of evidence (if any) for a plethora of CAM, clinical and classroom methods.

Index: Your direction-finder for the many interventions for children with developmental disorders.