Childhood Disorders
Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem
A story about refusing help and needing to be in control
By Sarah Naish, Rosie Jefferies and Amy Farrell
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 18th 2017.
Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem by Sarah Naish, Rosie Jefferies and Amy FarrellThis UK book for young children tells the story of Sophie who is very young and is living with her new parents. We don't learn what happened to her old parents, but we do find out that Sophie had to learn to do a lot on her own when she was extremely young. Now, she doesn't like to be helped and is suspicious of people who try to help her. One day she and her Mum are going to go out shopping, but Sophie can't find her new shoes. So she gets out her old shoes from the trash can and gets a wet foot walking around. When her Mum notices, she works out what has gone wrong and talks her through the
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Sexting and Young People
By Thomas Crofts, Murray Lee, Alyce McGovern, and Sanja Milivojec,
Review by Robert Scott Stewart, Ph.D. on Tue, Oct 11th 2016.
Sex has always sold, whatever it is one is selling. This can be particularly true when the sex in question is somehow scandalous or atypical. Not surprisingly, then, sexting, which informally can be described as sending nude or semi-nude photos over an electronic device like a smartphone or computer (3), has been the subject of much media attention and public discussion. This has especially been the case with respect to sexting done by young people since the practice combines our discomfort with new forms of technology and with childhood sexuality. Indeed, sexting by young people has created s
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Sexting and Young People by Thomas Crofts, Murray Lee, Alyce McGovern, and Sanja Milivojec,

Adolescence and Body Image
From Development to Preventing Dissatisfaction
By Lina A Ricciardelli and Zali Yager
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, May 10th 2016.
Adolescence and Body Image by Lina A Ricciardelli and Zali YagerAdolescence and Body Image: From Development to Preventing Dissatisfaction by Lina A. Riccardelli and Zali Yager discusses how adolescence body image is impacted and shaped by many various factors, such as peers, culture, sports and media. The book draws on research across the globe to discuss how adolescence tends to view their bodies, and how their body image is impacted. The book is an interesting read and the authors have been able to summarize data, findings and discussions into easy-to-understand facts, which makes the book ideal for the classroom, from high school to college. The info
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Children, Sexuality and Sexualization
By Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose, and R. Danielle Egan (Editors)
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Jan 26th 2016.
Children, Sexuality, and Sexualization, edited by Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose, and R. Danielle Egan offers a critical response and detailed discussion concerning children's sexuality by providing empirical research from various places across the world. The author's state that children's sexuality is situated within larger socio-historical contexts that needs to be dissected and researched in order for us to understand how children view and engage with the larger society. Contrary to popular beliefs regarding much public discourse on children and sexuality, the book argues that children are n
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Children, Sexuality and Sexualization by Emma Renold, Jessica Ringrose, and R. Danielle Egan (Editors)

Raising Generation Rx
Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality
By Linda Blum
Review by Lloyd A. Wells, Ph.D., M.D. on Tue, Aug 11th 2015.
Raising Generation Rx by Linda BlumI was struck by the title of this book by Linda Blum, and especially by the term "Generation Rx", related to the huge number of children and adolescents receiving psychotropic medicines in the United states.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, the rest of the book is not as good as its title.           It is based on a series of interviews with 48 mothers of children with psychiatric disorders, primarily ADHD and autism.  And the story is worth telling:  it is extremely difficult for mothers of all social classes and levels of education t
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Things Tom Likes
A Book about Sexuality for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions
By Kate E. Reynolds
Review by Kristin Nelson on Tue, Oct 7th 2014.
  Written by health educator Kate E. Reynolds, this book is part of a series on sexuality and sexual safety for boys and young men on the autism spectrum. The UK author recommends this book for use with people who have a severe form of autism. By US conventions, the book is squarely targeted at those with moderate symptoms of autism. This may be a reflection of the difference in the way autism spectrum disorders are viewed in the UK and the US. With support, the text is accessible to people who fall within a wide range of language comprehension abilities and social development.  It
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Things Tom Likes by Kate E. Reynolds

What's Happening to Tom?
A Book about Puberty for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions
By Kate E. Reynolds
Review by Kristin Nelson on Tue, Oct 7th 2014.
What's Happening to Tom? by Kate E. ReynoldsThis simple, illustrated book is intended to help boys and young men with autism and related conditions understand the physical changes that occur during puberty. Special emphasis is placed on the ideas that these changes are natural to all boys and that changes happen gradually over time. It is one in a series of books on sexuality and sexual safety for adolescents with autism or related disorders who are often vulnerable to sexual exploitation and abuse due to a lack of sex education. The text is accessible to young people with a wide range of language comprehension skills and social develop
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Exploiting Childhood
How Fast Food, Material Obsession and Porn Culture Are Creating New Forms of Child Abuse
By Jim Wild (Editor)
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Jun 10th 2014.
Exploiting Childhood: How Fast Food, Material Obsession and Porn Culture are Creating New Forms of Child Abuse, edited by Jim Wild, is a collection of essays on childhood and exploitation. The book is divided into three parts; commercial exploitation, sexual exploitation, and fighting back against commercial and sexual exploitation. Central to the book overall is how the changing nature of consumerism, of capitalism and of new ways to communicate and play through technology has changed and impacted children’s lives. It is well-known that children today are spending more time in front o
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Exploiting Childhood by Jim Wild (Editor)

 
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