Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with therapists looking for older adult group activity ideas and themes.
Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives (2007) The focus of the programme appears to be on peer support, cama-
raderie, recognition, reflection, learning, and relationships. Many
Kathryn Lynard Soper (Ed.) of the handouts and the programme itself appear to be elementary
Woodbine House via Monarch Books of Canada in nature yet it may appeal to therapists that want a group pro-
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I believe that the intent of this book is to provide a practical
292 pages: $18.95 US
outline to therapists who participate in health promotion and pre-
vention. This approach would work well with healthy aging indi-
This book tells the story of 64 individuals, all born with an extra viduals with limited community networks in place.
chromosome and therefore labeled with the diagnosis of Down Marie Nelson
syndrome. Though the reader will encounter many of the symptoms
and challenges related to the presence of Trisomy 21, the focus of
these stories, written from mothers’ perspectives, is the person. You
will discover unique personalities, temperaments and dynamics in Neuropsychology for Occupational
these narratives, underscored by hope and inspiration. Therapists; Cognition in Occupational
The editor has organized the chapters according to the gifts Performance, 3rd edition (2008)
these children offer including respect, strength, delight, perspec- June Grieve and Linda Gnanasekaran
tive and love, gifts which most parents consider to be universal. Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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birth of their children remains consistent in their stories. 235 pages; 25.99 pounds
With a contribution of only 3 stories from Canada, this book ISBN: 978-1-4051-3699-0
primarily presents an American perspective within the context of
I was looking forward to reading this compact, soft-cover book to
traditional two parent families who openly share their faith affili-
get me thinking and to provide inspiration in my daily practice. It
ations. Each short story can be read within minutes and provides
did not disappoint. There is a tremendous amount of information
an informative read despite highlighting the same message, that
here about current theoretical frameworks and the general
every baby is unique.
principles of cognitive assessmen