Demystifying Syndromes II

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This book represents a revision of a 2004 edition called Demystifying Syndromes. In Demystifying Syndromes II, the editors have selected some common and some lesser known syndromes that are associated with persons with developmental disabilities and coexisting mental or behavioral challenges, specifically Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as Fragile X, Down, Williams, Smith-Magenis, 22q Deletion, Smith-Lemli-Opitz, and Angelman syndromes.

Each book chapter provides the reader with an informative and accurate description of the disability, written by individuals with an integrated understanding of how the physical, psychiatric or biochemical influences may interact with the psychological factors (learning approaches, communication, skills) of the individual, as well as with the social-environmental aspects (supports, adaptations, and vulnerabilities). The authors have not merely focused on the challenges presented by the syndrome, but the strengths and resiliency that each syndrome presents. New to this edition is a chapter that addresses the importance of understanding syndromes for families and various professionals. This book demonstrates how and why support and treatment can be individualized for the individual with a specific diagnosis, through a holistic understanding of the biopsychosocial implications of the various syndromes.

About the Editors

Shelley L. Watson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-ordinator of the Interdisciplinary Health Master’s program at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Watson has presented internationally on various disability issues and conducts training with community agencies on how to teach sex education to individuals with disabilities, sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities, how to employ a biopsychosocial approach to disability, and about specific disabilities’ impact on sexuality. Shelley’s main research focuses on families of children with autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as well as the sexual knowledge and attitudes of individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. 

Dorothy Griffiths, C.M., O. Ont., Ph.D. is a professor in the Child and Youth Studies Department and the Centre for Applied Disability Studies and Co-Director of the International Dual Diagnosis Programme. Dr. Griffiths has lectured and written extensively on a variety of topics related to clinical practice and rights relating to persons with intellectual disability. She is the co-editor of Demystifying Syndromes I and Genetics and Applied Behaviour Analysis.