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  • Overview
    on issues of particular concern to the United States U S studies in the context of comparative studies and U S studies which are outside of comparative projects The central focus is child and family policy in the advanced industrial world including government employment and private sector programs and policies such as Income transfers for families with children Maternity and parental benefits and leaves Early childhood care and education Social

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  • Activities
    the workplace employer responses to a changing labor force social policy and mother only families or as part of a larger international study Conferences meetings working parties research dissemination or launching discussion of significant policy domains e g family policy child support University seminars e g Children and Their Families in Big Cities Privatization and the Welfare State Lectures consultations and so forth for international organizations governments foundations national scientific

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  • Recent Publications
    Review Vol 12 Nos 1 2 pp 1 179 Kamerman S B Kahn A J McGowan B G 1990 Social services for children youth and families The New York City study The Columbia University School of Social Work processed Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1988 Mothers alone Strategies for a time of change Auburn House Publishing Co Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1987 Child care Facing the hard choices Auburn House Publishing Co Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1987 The responsive workplace Employers and a changing labor force Columbia University Press Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1983 Income transfers for families with children An eight country study Temple University Press Kamerman S B Kahn A J Kingston P 1983 Maternity policies and working women Columbia University Press Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1982 Helping America s families Temple University Press Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1981 Child care family benefits and working parents A Study in Comparative Family Policy Analysis Columbia University Press Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1977 Social services in international perspective U S Government Printing Office 1980 Reprinted by Transaction Books Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1976 Social services in the United States Temple University Press Kahn A J Kamerman S B 1975 Not for the poor alone Social services in Europe Temple University Press Reprinted by Harper and Row 1977 Kamerman S B Kahn A J McGowan B G 1972 Child advocacy A report of a national baseline study Columbia University School of Social Work Republished by U S Government Printing Office 1973 BOOKS Co Edited Kamerman S B Kahn A J 1997 Family change and family policies in Great Britain Canada New Zealand and the United States Clarendon Press Oxford Kahn A J Kamerman S B 1996

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  • Current Projects
    ultimate objective is to improve the delivery of social services to children and their families and thus to promote their well being A first report was published in 1998 Privatization Contracting and Reform of Child and Family Social Services Washington DC The Finance Project Currently being prepared for publication Contracting for child and family services A mission sensitive guide Annie E Casey Foundation 2000 Authors Alfred J Kahn and Sheila B Kamerman Consultant Elliott Sclar Family Policy and Family Change 1993 2001 A multi year multi country 20 collaboration is co directed by Professor Peter Flora University of Mannheim Sheila B Kamerman and Alfred J Kahn funded by the German Science Foundation and various country sources A contract with Oxford University Press England provides for a 7 volume series five reporting on individual countries and including analytic introductions and two comparative volumes Professors Kamerman and Kahn are currently at work with collaborators on one of the comparative volumes The Cross National Studies Program produced the U S report for the project and edited the first country volume covering the Anglo American countries Kamerman S B Kahn A J Eds 1997 Family change and family policies in Great Britain Canada New

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  • Directors
    113th St Room 706 New York NY 10025 Tel 212 854 3048 Fax 212 854 4320 Email ajk7 columbia edu SHEILA B KAMERMAN Co Director Compton Foundation Centennial Professor School of Social Work Columbia University 622 West 113th St Room

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  • Our Team
    Coordinator Emily Leaffer MPH Research Associate Address DMD Project at Columbia University Attn Veronica Hinton 630 West 168th St PH 19 New York NY 10032 You can click here DMD BMD Project and print out this form and mail it to us to set up an appointment or Telephone Email Please feel free to call us should you have any questions Veronica J Hinton Ph D 212 305 2512 vjh9

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  • Q&A/News
    comprehending complex language appears to be a delay rather than a deficit so boys may catch up over time Overall boys with DMD BMD appear to be about two years behind where they should be on this skill yet they are age appropriate on most other verbal skills Be aware however that children who do not grasp the basic phonetic aspects of reading when they are first taught it may do progressively worse as school demands increase Reviewing phonic skills when the child with DMD BMD is a little older and ensuring the child masters decoding will prevent this 5 Are there specific behaviors associated with DMD BMD Parents rate DMD BMD boys as being more immature and having more social problems than their unaffected siblings Overall these areas are weakest for DMD BMD subjects For some children with DMD BMD but not most these problems are severe enough to fall on the autism spectrum of behavioral disorders as they impact both on language and reciprocal social skills More children with DMD BMD have autism spectrum disorders than expected in the general population yet most have only mild behavior issues that do not warrant diagnosis Some researchers have suggested the children have more attention deficits than their peers Some have also suggested the boys tend to be more depressed than other children yet more recent findings have indicated that boys with DMD BMD do NOT rate themselves as being more depressed than their siblings 6 If there is an UNDERLYING difficulty in comprehending complex language how does everything fit together This is evidence that the missing dystrophin products in the brain likely contribute to the development and performance of specific cognitive tasks Language skills in general may be slow to develop Parents are more likely to report delayed speech in boys with DMD BMD than their siblings Overall on verbal tests DMD BMD subjects tend to do more poorly Previous studies have reported lower verbal IQ than nonverbal IQ Yet their single word comprehension is strong Tests that DMD BMD children do poorly on require attending to long strings of serially presented information Parents rate their children as immature or having attention problems Maybe these children are immature in that they don t understand as much as other children their age Maybe they re inattentive in that they can t follow complicated instructions School instruction generally relies on the ability to listen to and understand complex instructions so poor comprehension of directions could impact on all areas of academic achievement DMD BMD kids are better at sight reading than sounding out The mechanics or sounding out requires many steps associating the sound with the letters and then stringing the sounds together to derive the word meaning Maybe the skills necessary for this are similar to those necessary for understanding complex instructions Solutions What can we do 1 Be AWARE that your child may have trouble understanding complex language Although at times it may feel as if he is not minding

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  • Our Findings
    in this group there were selective difficulties with immediate retention of verbal information We found that what the 6 to 15 year old boys affected with DMD wish for is similar to what all kids wish for They long for toys and trips to fun places and their wish content is not dominated by health related concerns That differed from what we expected but we were heartened with the results it emphasizes again that these boys are CHILDREN first and have physical and health limitations second We found that the parents of the children with DMD are more stressed than most parents No great surprise there But what was surprising was what appeared to contribute the most to parental reports of stress According to the parents report it was their children s behavior rather than their physical limitations was the thing that accounted for the greatest amount of stress We found that boys with DMD do more poorly than their unaffected siblings on tests of academic achievement such as reading spelling and arithmetic This was true even when the sibling pairs had comparable IQ Moreover we found that how well they do on measures of verbal span i e how much verbal information they can listen to and immediately repeat back was the thing that contributed the most to their poor academic achievement Physical ability behavior and problem solving skills had much lesser influences on academic skills This finding highlights the importance of our earlier work showing that immediate verbal recall skills are limited On its own that may not seem too important After all if one cannot remember a phone number one learns to write it down But the implications of this study are that limited verbal span can have wide ranging effects including interfering with optimal academic achievement Our feeling is that children with DMD have a select problem that is not general but that can have multiple and far ranging consequences We examined verbal and memory skills further in boys and their siblings and replicated our previous finding that many language based skills are not impaired but some are Specifically we showed that rote verbal learning e g boys hear a list of items and then have to say them back and this is repeated five times is good With repeated presentation of the list boys remember more items Further their understanding of grammar and word relationships is strong However on tests that ask the boys to listen to and repeat back verbal information eg sentence repetition or where they have to follow verbal instructions exactly as they are presented the boys with DMD have difficulties We found parents report early language delays as well as motor delays in children with DMD We think that this is early evidence of the cognitive involvement in the disorder We found that the parents of the kids with DMD report that their children have more social behavioral problems than any other types of behavior problems As many as 35 of

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