Christian Counseling Today Vol 20 No 2

11 Light it Up Blue: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders by Eric Scalise and Stephanie Holmes.
Autism is a label feated by parents, a challenge for educators and counselors, and frequently misunderstood by the general public. Eric Scalise and Stephanie Holmes examine the history of the disorder, etiology and current prevalence rates, signs and symptoms, changes made in the DSM-5, and broad­ based treatment needs.

18 Sit Still and Pay Attention: Children with ADHD by Linda Mintle.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects approximately 4.5 million children and adolescents today; but is still being researched due to the tendency to over-diagnose and/or misdiagnose the condition. Linda Mintle explains the nuances of balanced assessment, as well as the use of medication, diet and psychological treatments.

25 Stigmatized Kids: Learning and Intellectual Disabilities by Carrie  Fancett  Pagels.
Intellectual disabilities such as Down Syndrome,  as well as learning disabilities, often create numerous challenges for children, patents, educators and caregivers. Carrie Pagels examines the need for a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation, the various testing components, and the development of appropriate services.

30  Acting Out or a Ticking Time Bomb? by Steve Warren.
Aggression, disruptive behavior disorders and violence are ongoing concerns for patents, schools and treatment professionals. Steve Watren outlines how a thorough evaluation is essential for providing targeted interventions for ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder, as well as in the prediction of future behavior.

46  A Brief Guide to Evidence-based Practice for Children and Adolescents by Gary Sibcy.
Selecting the right assessment instruments for a particular disorder  is a critical part of the overall treatment process. Gary Sibcy describes different psychological tests and scales that can be utilized with specific childhood disorders. From there, proven evidence-based protocols provide a helpful road map for a best-practices orientation.

50  Psychiatric Medication for Children and Adolescents by Edward  John Kuhnley. Nearly  20% of minors aged three to 17 suffer from a mental illness
in this country. As such, medication evaluation and management are critical treatment considerations. Child and adolescent psychiatrist, John Kuhnley, addresses important psychotropic factors that impact a number of common diagnoses.

54  The Therapeutic Powers of Play: Promoting Healing and Resilience in Children by Josephine  Olson.
It has often been said that play is the work of children. Josephine Olson explains the value of incorporating  play therapy as an effective treatment approach for a variety of childhood disorders. Positive implications include relationship enhancement, emotion regulation, and growth in coping and social skills.

37  Learning Disorder or Learning Style?
A Timeless Perspective by Cynthia Ulrich Tobias.
Every child has unique characteristics regarding how they learn in and from the world around them. Some are more auditory in their orientation, some more visual, and some kinesthetic. Cynthia Tobias shares the key roles of awareness and understanding in treating learning disorders with this population,  as well as the core need for acceptance.

40 Reactive Attachment Disorder and Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder
by Joshua Straub. Secure attachments are critical for children and adolescents as they mature into adulthood. Joshua Straub explores the etiology and symptoms of Reactive Attachment Disorder and its companion, Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder. Interventions and treatment protocols are discussed in light of the newly released DSM-5.

44  Elimination Disorders in Childhood by Trina Young Greer.
Enuresis and encopresis can be distressing and shame-based disorders that result in high anxiety for children and their parents. Child psychologist, Trina Young Greer, shares how counselors can help facilitate successful treatment, while playing an important role in educating parents and identifying root causes.