This website was created by a psychiatrist, Dr. Jim Chandler, to provide information on pediatric psychiatric disorders. It provides an overview of various psychiatric diagnoses (and their treatments) common to children and adolescents. The site features reference materials written by the author with the primary intent of educating parents/caregivers of these children in an online pamphlet format.
Type of Material:
This site could be used as a reference for students and faculty in classes related to child/adolescent abnormal psychology. It could be incorporated into a course by having students review one diagnosis as homework before they are presented with a case-study of it to evaluate in class.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
From the website: "These pamphlets describe the diagnosis and treatment of common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders including ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Conduct disorder, Oppositional Defiant disorder, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette's and Tic Disorders and Learning Disabilities."
Target Student Population:
The site is aimed at caregivers/parents in Canada, so it is designed to be understood by the general public. In terms of students, it may be useful for students in any class in which child & adolescent abnormal psychology is discussed. It would be appropriate for both graduate and undergraduate students (especially those in upper-level psychology courses).
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Evaluation and Observation
This learning material provides copious amounts of practical information that is reinforced with evidence and provides a thorough psychiatric perspective for addressing various diagnoses and treatments.
The content has sufficient balance in that it is neither totally academically focused nor totally presented with an informal tone.
The site is psychiatrically focused and emphasizes the use of medication. Alternative treatment options, such as psychotherapeutic approaches, are somewhat marginalized.
The material is written for parents/caregivers in a way that speaks directly to them. This may be distracting and cause the student to focus on material that may not be course-relevant.
The content is intended for residents of Nova Scotia and some criteria differ internationally across the mental health discipline.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The site provides good quality, well-referenced information on child/adolescent disorders which could be used by faculty preparing lectures or by students writing papers or completing assignments.
Visiting students can gain theoretical and practical knowledge from reviewing this reference material
The site is reference material - it is not designed to engage, nor has it been constructed in a manner that is pedagogically sound. The student who visits may be distracted and overwhelmed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The student would be able to easily navigate this material and would be able to save many parts of it as a pdf so that it can be referred to later as well.
The student would need to be directed as how their perspectives as (potential) future professionals in this field could differ from parents/ guardians perspectives in understanding the material with a practitioner focus as opposed to an intimate providing of care focus.