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Quirky Kids
Quirky Kids

Quirky Kids

Understanding and Supporting Your Child With Developmental Differences


350 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: February 2021

ISBN 9781610024198

Rights: WOR

American Academy of Pediatrics (Feb 2021)
American Academy Of Pediatrics


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The latest studies show that 1-in-6 children have a developmental disability of some kind—this guide is for the adults who love them and want to help them make their way in the world

This classic, coauthored by New York Times columnist and pediatrician Dr. Perri Klass, has been fully revised and updated to reflect the recent significant changes in the recognition and care of children whose development doesn't go as expected. It includes new information about therapeutic interventions, managing co-morbidities, and getting support for children with developmental differences at school. Additional information covers community resources, initiatives at hospitals, clinics, and even theme parks, that make life easier for children with developmental differences and their families. The authors also offer a stronger focus on self-care for parents in this new edition, with the pediatrician's perspective of supporting families as they go through the diagnostic process over time.


"Highly recommended . . . Practical, compassionate, and thorough." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Terrific . . . Thoroughly researched . . . An exceptional resource for anyone working to provide the best care for children with special needs." —The Plain Dealer 

"Reassuring but frank, Klass and Costello walk parents through the steps of helping a quirky child, beginning with talking to the child's pediatrician, coping with the parents' sense of loss of a perfect child, getting a diagnosis and negotiating the maze of evaluations and evaluators.. . .a good place for parents of quirky kids to start their research." —Publishers Weekly

"A wise and profoundly comforting book." —Michael Thompson, Ph.D., coauthor of Raising Cain

"A superb, original, hugely needed book . . . The first and the definitive guide to understanding these marvelous kids. Free of jargon, full of facts and wisdom and practical advice."  —Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., coauthor of Driven to Distraction

"As I read this wonderful and helpful book, I kept nodding in agreement: 'Yes, this is right, this is good, very true!' Parents and pediatricians need this book. A+."  —Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., author of The Out-of-Sync Child

"An empowering mix of accessible information, reasoned advice, realistic strategies, honesty, empathy, and perspective." —Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect series of pregnancy and parenting books, creator of, and founder of the What to Expect Project

Author Biography

Eileen Costello, MD, FAAP, is a clinical professor of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. She directs the pediatric primary care clinic and is medical director of the SOFAR (Supporting Our Families through Addiction and Recovery) program for children of mothers with substance use disorders. She lives in Jamaica Plain, MA. Perri Klass, MD, FAAP, writes the weekly column, "The Checkup" for The New York Times. She is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, practices pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital and is the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read. She is the author of numerous books including Every Mother is a Daughter: the Neverending Quest for Success, Inner Peace, and a Really Clean Kitchen, which she coauthored with her mother, and Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor. She is a mother of three and lives in New York City.