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Pop Culture, Learning Disorders in Newsletter

“How Pop Culture Sexualizes Young Children” is the cover story in the Spring 2009 issue of Parenting Education Practitioners Talk (PEP Talk), the professional quarterly from Parenting Press.

Based on “So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids” (Ballantine Books, 2008) by Diane E. Levin, a professor at Boston’s Wheelock College, and Jean Kilbourne, a senior scholar at the Wellesley (MA) Centers for Women, this article discusses the impact of advertising and such media as video and computer games, television and movies. The article includes comments from several Parenting Press authors, including LaGrande OR therapist Lyndall Shick, the author of Understanding Temperament, Bonney Lake WA parent educator Shari Steelsmith, author of Go To Your Room, Harriet Heath, the Haverford PA author of Using Your Values, and Princeton NJ clinical psychologist Eileen Kennedy-Moore, the author of What About Me?

This issue also includes:

  • a review of Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! (2nd ed.), by Oakland pediatric advice nurse and parent educator Helen F. Neville, and Jan Faull, a Seattle parent educator (Parenting Press, 2009);

  • Teaching Kids ‘Executive Skills,’ based on Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary Executive Skills Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson and Richard Guare, both affiliated with the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth NH (The Guilford Press, 2009);

  • What Are Learning Disorders? How Do They Develop? What Therapies Make Sense?, a review of Diagnosing Learning Disorders, 2nd Ed. by Bruce F. Pennington, a developmental neuropsychologist at the University of Denver (The Guilford Press, 2009);

  • What Parent and School Educators Need to Know about Working with Military Families, which includes material from Counseling Military Families, by Lynn K. Hall, a professor at Western New Mexico University (Routledge, 2008) and Mark Cooksley, M. Ed., a certified K-12 counselor in Puyallup WA who works with Pierce County WA military families.

This issue is available for $5. Annual subscriptions (electronic) to PEP Talk are $10. For more information, see or contact


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