Written for parents, clinicians, and educators, Parent Child Excursions is a practical book about helping children with ADHD, anxiety, and autism. In this unique approach, Dr. Dan presents ADHD as a problem with stopping, anxiety as a problem with going, and autism as difficulty balancing these competing tendencies. From the introduction: "This book is quite simply a story of red light and green light, braking and accelerating, holding back and forging ahead." Based on this simple formulation, management of problems with self-control depends on finding the right balance between excitation and inhibition.
These five Excursions present entirely new ways to think about caring for "different drummer" children. Readers will discover an unprecedented level of detail. Based on scientific research and years of clinical experience, Dr. Dan takes you for a deep dive into: (1) effective medication for ADHD, (2) exposure therapy for anxiety, (3) combined therapies for coexisting ADHD, anxiety, and autism, and (4) social engineering for autism. The book concludes with an in-depth discussion of (5) autism, sexuality, and gender variation, cowritten by Dr. Dan and his son Dr. Aaron Shapiro.
As with his first book, Parent Child Journey: An Individualized Approach to Raising Your Challenging Child, Dr. Dan teams up again with illustrator John Watkins-Chow. Throughout the five Excursions, they weave a fun metaphorical tale. Readers are led along by an under-inhibited dog, an over-inhibited turtle, and a well-balanced bird of a different feather.
By the end of this comprehensive and original guidebook, parents and professionals will have learned how to prepare the child for the trail and the trail for the child.
About the Author
Dan Shapiro currently serves as theInterim Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean of UniversityCollege and Graduate Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay(CSUMB). He has worked at CSUMB since 1997, beginning as a lecturer and afaculty associate in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment(TLA)--when Amy was the director. He started serving as director of TLA in2014. He is a graduate of the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA, CohortVII) and coordinates the ALA professional mentoring program.
John Watkins-Chow was born in New Jersey and somehow ended up with three degrees from MIT, which he has failed to parlay into anything noteworthy. John has been drawing all of his life. He illustrated Dr. Shapiro's first two books. Otherwise, this book is likely the first place nongeek (and geek-adjacent) folk might see his art. He has been fortunate to work in animation, comics, and sketch card art on properties such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Marvel Comics-and very occasionally, his own comic, Talismen. During the day, John teaches math at a private school in suburban Maryland. When not producing sketchy art or stumbling in the classroom, John can reliably be found in the doghouse, a source of frustration for his lovely wife and embarrassment for his two talented daughters.
Dr. Aaron Shapiro is currently a resident in Primary Care Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in The Bronx, New York. He received his M.D. from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and his M.P.H. in Health Leadership and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is the founder of Citizen Physicians (a non-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement in the medical community), a National Health Service Corps Scholar, and a Global Health Corps Alumnus. He is the third of Dr. Dan Shapiro's four sons.
For the first time, state-of-the-art and highly original methods are presented to address the issues that commonly co-occur in complicated children and teens.... Dr. Shapiro offers a remarkable combination of up-to-date scientific knowledge and extremely practical advice that will be of great benefit to pediatricians and mental health professionals, as well as to parents. William Stixrud, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist and coauthor with Ned Johnson of The Self-Driven Child
Dr. Shapiro has ... provided a map for families and clinicians alike to follow as a way to make sense of how these conditions may manifest and challenge us.... I would recommend that any parent or clinician involved with children on the ADHD/ASD/anxiety spectrum get this book. --Lance Clawson, MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist