adapted behaviour modification approach which is effective in helping to improve children s behaviours and the parent–child relationship.
Pointers for Parenting for Mental Health Service Professionals is an accessible resource for processionals that work with children and families, for example, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, school medical officers and social workers. It will also be of use to people training in these areas.
Preface and Overview of the Book.
2. Children and parents: some general considerations.
3. Clinical concerns, raised by parents, which have theoretical underpinnings.
4. Essential preliminaries and some key pointers.
5. Important general pointers for parents.
6. An adapted, acceptable, and effective behaviour modifi cation approach.
7. From pointers to practice.
Frederika C. Theus is a licensed clinical psychologist and coordinator of the Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Family Support Program for the Family Clinic, Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She provides evaluations for children with suspected or previously diagnosed developmental disabilities as part of a multidisciplinary team. Dr Theus also provides therapy and intervention services to children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism and Asperger Syndrome. Dr Theus received a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University, and worked as both a diagnostician and as a Learning Disabilities teacher. She earned her doctorate in psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Dr Theus provides workshops and trainings to parents and professionals on a variety of topics related to assessment and intervention for individuals with developmental disabilities, including dual diagnosis of developmental disabilities and mental health disorders, behavioural intervention, and Asperger Syndrome. She has published on topics related to child development. Dr Theus is a member of the professional advisory committee for the Autism Society of Illinois and the advisory council of the Chicago Southside Autism Support Group.