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About Debra Moore Ph.D.
As an author, my hope is to explore topics and lives in a way that spreads that curiosity to others.
I am greatly honored to have coauthored with Dr. Temple Grandin "The Loving Push": How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults.
I also wrote the chapter "Internet and Gaming Addiction in Youth on the Autism Spectrum: A Particularly Vulnerable Population", for the book Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents: Risk Factors, Treatment and Prevention, edited by Dr.Kimberly Young & Dr. Cristiano Nabuco de Abreu. (Springer, 2017.)
I contributed 2 chapters to the book "The Nine Degrees of Autism", (Rutledge, 2015), which describes the experiences of those diagnosed as adults. I wrote the chapter on diagnosis, and co-authored with Dr. Temple Grandin the final chapter.
I have also contributed several articles to magazines devoted to autism.
For Autism Asperger's Digest, I wrote: "The Search for Autism Triggers: Two Different Chemicals Questioned at the University of California" (May-June 2015), and "Buying Video Games This Holiday Season - What You Need to Know to Guide Your Decision" November-January, 2016).
Beginning in 2016 I periodically contributed articles to Autism Parenting Magazine, starting with "Kids & Teens Need Stretching: An Interview on the topic with Dr. Temple Grandin" (June 2016).
I joined the panel of regular columnists for Autism Parenting Magazine in June, 2017.
I founded and have facilitated the LinkedIn group Autism Across the Lifespan since 2009, which now has over 3600 members who share resources and information.
I also facilitate the Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheLovingPush.
Previously, I was the founder of Fall Creek Counseling Associates, which I directed for 35 years prior to retiring in 2015. This private clinic had offices in Carmichael and Roseville, California and was an accredited training site for predoctoral psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows. While there I had the honor of both seeing clients and mentoring therapists in training.
My specialties have been:
Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Child, teen, and adult psychotherapy.
Consultation and coaching to individuals, companies, and organizations.
Media liaison via speaking and writing.
While at Fall Creek, for many years I also wrote columns for several local publications, including "The Doctor Is In" in Senior Magazine, and "He Said, She Said" for Style Magazine.
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This is the first book to thoroughly examine how early and easy access to the Internet and digital technologies impacts children and adolescents. Experts in the field examine the research that shows the social, cognitive, developmental, and academic problems that can result when children spend excessive time in front of screens. As a whole. the book provides an invaluable resource for those who need to assess, treat, and prevent Internet addiction in children and adolescents.
- Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents:
- Provides tools that help predict a child’s level of risk for media-related problems.
- Examines how to diagnose and differentiate Internet addiction from other psychiatric conditions.
- Explores evidenced-based treatment approaches and how to distinguish pathology from normal development.
- Shows how to create inpatient treatment programs and therapies to address media addiction.
- Highlights the psychological, social, and family conditions for those most at risk.
- Evaluates the effects of the excessive use of electronic games and the Internet on brain development.
- Explores the physical risks that result from excessive media use and strategies for combating the problem.
- Examines school-based initiatives that employ policies and procedures designed to increase awareness of excessive media use and help educators identify students who misuse technology, and strategies of intervention and communication with parents.
- Identifies signs of problem Internet behavior such as aggressive behavior, lying about screen use, and a preference for screen time over social interactions.
- Outlines the risk factors for developing internet addiction.
- Provides strategies for treatment and prevention in family, school, and community settings.
Practitioners and researchers in psychology, social work, school counseling, child and family therapy, and nursing will appreciate this book's thorough review if internet addiction among children and adolescents. The book also serves as an engaging supplement in courses on media psychology, addiction counseling, abnormal psychology, school counseling, social issues, and more.
The positive developmental model described in this book will encourage people on the Spectrum to accept themselves by focusing on their gifts rather than weaknesses, and to avoid identifying with negative medical classifications. The developmental process which the authors describe is also applicable to other ‘hidden’ neurological conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Aphasia, and ADHD.
The book should be read by anyone who wants to understand the real nature and experience of autism and will also be essential reading for a range of professionals seeking to work more effectively with individuals on the spectrum.