1University of Sarajevo,
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Online first: 06-September-2020
Introduction: Adolescence is characterised as a period of further development and maturation of higher executive functions (EF). It is well established that EF play an important role in social skills and academic competence of typically developing adolescents.
Purpose:The goal of this study was to examine the relationship between executive functions (EF) and academic competency and social skills in adolescents with a mild intellectual disability. In particular, we were interested to examine which EF have the greatest impact on social skills and academic competency.
Methods: EF were measured with the Behaviour Rating Inventory of Executive Functions (BRIEF), and social and academic competences were measured with the Social Skills Rating System (SSRS). The sample for this study consisted of 44 adolescents with mild intellectual disability aged 15-18 years old (mean age 16.7 years, SD- 1.4).
Results: The results of this study clearly pointed to the strong relationship between these constructs. Of all EF, planning had the strongest impact on academic success, and monitoring had the strongest impact on social skills.
Conclusion: EF are susceptible to training effects, we thus propose early interventions in these domains in order to increase the social and academic competence of persons with an intellectual disability.
Key words: executive functions, academic competency, social skills, adolescents, intellectual disability
Citation: Memisevic, H., Biscevic, I. The relationship of executive functions with academic competency and social skills in adolescents with intellectual disability. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities, 2020 Dec 25; 3(2): 12-21. https://doi.org/10.26407/2020jrtdd.1.34
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Cogent Psychodiagnostics Bangalore, India
Online first: 18-August-2020
Introduction: Conduct Disorder with its prevalence varying from 5.8% to 8.7% is characterised by repetitive and persistent patterns of antisocial, aggressive or defiant behaviour with persistent violation of age – appropriate social expectations. Major symptoms can be aggressive, destructive behaviour, with no remorse about hurting others. Other symptoms include poor academic performance and social isolation.
Objective: The aim of this study is to find out the efficacy of ReAttach therapy in the treatment and management of Conduct Disorder.
Method – Case Report: A 13 year old adolescent living in a children’s home was brought in with chief complaints of destructive behaviour with no fear of punishment, and caught rubbing fecal material on the walls. Aggression, physical violence and threatening behaviour towards fellow children, and cruelty towards animals. He was socially isolated, had poor concentration, anxious behaviour and poor academic performance.
Intervention: The ReAttach Therapy has been found to be the most effective treatment in this case study. Since this adolescent was defiant, destructive, aggressive, prone to lying and making up false stories, his therapeutic intervention through linear analytic verbal techniques and mainstream interventions may not have brought holistic effectiveness in treatment. ReAttach therapy opened up vast possibilities to capture intricate relationships between his maladaptive beliefs, emotions, and traumatic memories by providing access to his cognitive structures.
Conclusion: Post therapy results indicated a subjective and objective improvement in the patient after 5 sessions of ReAttach therapy.
Key words: reattach therapy, adolescent onset, conduct disorder
Citation: Chauhan, R. Reattach Therapy – its Efficacy in Treating Conduct Disorder – a Case Study. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities, 2020 Dec 25; 3(2): 4-11. https://doi.org/10.26407/2020jrtdd.1.33
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1Department of Pediatrics, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India
2Child Neurology Division, Center of Excellence & Advanced Research
on Childhood Neurodevelop-mental Disorders, Department of Pediatrics,
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
3SRCC Children’s Hospital, Mumbai, India
4P.D. Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai, India
Online first: 07-October-2020
Palliative care (PC) is holistic care of a child with a severe illness and his/her family which should begin soon after the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness is made. Communication forms the cornerstone of PC which begins with breaking the bad news in the right manner, continues in discussion with the family about their choices and expectations through life, and culminating in end-of-life and bereavement care. Raising awareness and developing PC services will eventually lead to a reduced burden on health-care systems, higher satisfaction rates and better quality of life for the children and their families.
Key words: palliative care, child neurology, communication
Citation: Sondhi, V., Gupta, J., Sanghi, V., Gursahani, R., Gulati, Sh. Palliative Care in Child Neurology: The more you look, the less you see. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities, 2020 Dec 25; 3(2): 1-3. https://doi.org/10.26407/2020jrtdd.1.36
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