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By Natasha T. Hays

Informed from a pediatrician's viewpoint, A Toss of the cube finds what it truly is wish to diagnose and deal with kids with developmental difficulties. Natasha T. Hays makes use of tales from her pediatric perform to demonstrate the demanding situations confronted by way of childrens with kinds of particular wishes, together with autism, bipolar ailment, genetic syndromes, cerebral palsy, realization deficit hyperactivity ailment, and giftedness. during this hugely readable booklet, Hays combines tales of inspirational teenagers with worthwhile clinical details and remedies. A Toss of the cube indicates the human standpoint of the interplay among health care professional and sufferer. It informs mom and dad, academics, medical professionals and well-being pros in addition to the final reader.

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Infantigo” is an impetigo rash, which sort of made sense since it occurred mostly in babies. A “rising” or a “pone” is a boil and you “mash it” to remove it. You “mash” ganglion cysts with the largest book in the house, the family Bible. “Gouch” is gout, and “fireballs of the womb” are fibroid tumors. Elderly ladies used to go to the sheriff when they had a cough; he would mix them up some confiscated moonshine and some honey to control it. And many of them dipped snuff, which was considered more ladylike than smoking.

Angelman syndrome is associated with a big lower jaw and a small upper jaw, light-colored eyes and hair, a large mouth, wide-spaced teeth, jerky movements, and developmental delay. What is so bizarre is that if the defective chromosome comes from the mother, the child has Angelman syndrome. If it comes from the father, the child has Prader-Willi syndrome. And yet we have no idea why this makes a difference, since all our chromosomal material is randomly selected from either our father or our mother!

Parents always worry that their children’s problems relate to something they did wrong, and in this case, it was true. I did tell her not to blame herself too much, because addiction is a very difficult problem to overcome, and I knew she would not deliberately have hurt her baby. We encouraged her to go to Alcoholics Anonymous or to see a counselor. She found the strength to do this, though she worried to us that she would get in trouble with the law for having damaged her child. She has been sober for four years now and devotes a good bit of time to teaching others about the problem and counseling pregnant women who are drinking.

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