In this new three-part series, psychologist Laverne Antrobus investigates the fascinating world of growing children as she focuses on three developmental conditions never far from the public agenda: autism, dyslexia and OCD.
Through interviews with experts in the fields and the families and children, Laverne will examine the possible causes of each condition, how they can best be treated, and what they tell us about so-called ‘normal’ development through childhood and beyond.
Below you can:
- Test your knowledge of OCD with our interactive quiz
- Watch an exclusive chat between Laverne Antrobus and Open University lecturer, Kieron Sheehy
- Learn more about these conditions with articles written by our experts
- Share your views using our comments area
- Learn with our free courses then take it a step further by studying at the Open University - for example, Child development which shows how psychological enquiry can help us to improve our understanding
- Find out about upcoming episodes
- Coming soon: Test your knowledge of dyslexia and OCD with our interactive quizzes
Growing Children will air every week on BBC Four from 9pm on Monday 13th August. For full broadcast details and to watch online where available, please visit bbc.co.uk.
In the third and final episode of Growing Children, Laverne Antrobus finds out more about dyslexia Read more: OU on the BBC: Growing Children - Dyslexia
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is the focus of the second episode of Growing Children Read more: OU on the BBC: Growing Children - OCD
In this first episode of Growing Children, Laverne Antrobus goes on a quest to discover the different ways an... Read more: OU on the BBC: Growing Children - Autism
Test your knowledge
What do you really know about autism? Featuring: Activity Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
You've probably heard a lot about autism - but can you separate the myth from the reality? Launch now: What do you really know about autism?
Growing Children: Interview with psychologist, Laverne Antrobus Featuring: Video Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Psychologist Laverne Antrobus talks to Open University academic Kieron Sheehy about what's involved in presenting a... Watch now: Growing Children: Interview with psychologist, Laverne Antrobus
About the conditions
There's a lot of confusion about what autism is. Ilona Roth and Rosa Hoekstra offer an easy-to-understand overview. Read more: What is autism?
What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? Creative commons image Credit: Ms. Tina under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence
Find out more about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), an anxiety related disorder in which people worry... Read more: What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?
Find out more about dyslexia, a learning difficulty that causes people to experience problems in learning to read and... Read more: What is dyslexia?
Try this unit which allows you to analyse how children's cognitive shills develop over time. Read more: Exploring children's learning
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