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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
154 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 discoveries in journals which are freely accessible and are at least monitored, if not indexed, by scientifc data-gathering organisations."6 Some 28 years later, shifting to on-line publication will breathe new life into this commitment. And this is another step towards the democratisation of information. Dr Rolf E. Peters, Chiropractor DC, MCSc, FICC, FACC, FPAC Editor, Private Practice of Chiropractic Phillip Ebrall BAppSc(Chiropractic), Grad Cert Tert Learning & Teaching, PhD, FICC, FACC Assistant Editor Professor of Chiropractic, Central Queensland University Adjunct Professor, International Medical University REFERENCES 1. URL: National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine. Accessed 02 November 2011. 2. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. Accessed 02 November 2011. 3. URL: http://theconversation.edu.au/universities-without-borders-do- we-need-campuses-in-the-age-of-open-courseware-4008?utm_sourc e=The+Conversation+Daily+updates&utm_campaign=fdcd00a956- DailyNewsletter&utm_medium=email. Accessed 29 October 2011. 4. URL: http://www.journalchirohumanities.com/home. Accessed 05 November 2011. 5. URL: http://www.journalchiroed.com/index.htm. Accessed 05 November 2011. 6. Peters RE, Chance MA. Publish or perish [Editorial]. J Aust Chiropractors Assoc. 1984;14:42-3. BOOK REVIEW Ticklish. Jennifer Barham-Floreani. Well Adjusted Pty. Ltd., Melbourne, Vic, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4478-7302-0. Soft cover, 175 pages. RRP $24.95 on-line, including GST. http://www.WellAdjusted.me/au/products-1 This is a profound book that will touch many. Its potential belies its size and its simplicity. Every parent wants to know two things: am I doing this the best I can? and, is my child normal? Barham-Floreani uses plain language to present 21st century thinking about parenting the millennium child and her premise is disarmingly simple; have fun. The anal retentive reader, raised in an environment where 'children should be seen and not heard' will likely have apoplexy. Yet in an interesting approach Barham-Floreani takes 'orderliness' and gives it the embracing structure of more touch, as in tickles, between parent and child. She takes 'stubbornness' to be a positive trait and argues that parents must understand and manage the toxic environments in which today's children are developing, and she shows how 'a compulsion for control’ is benefcial when it comes to limiting a child's television and electronic time and demonstrates the neurological benefts associated with structured periods of free playtime. It may appear contradictory to talk about 'structured periods' of free behaviour but this is the whole point Barham- Floreani is making. In order to really achieve 'free playtime' a family must have a plan that creates multiple opportunities to engage. To this end she presents a lot of simple ideas and checklists, all with an understated link to the chiropractic paradigm that embraces whole-body development, especially in childhood. Perhaps this is where Ticklish really shines; it is not a 'touchy-feely' New Age effort with a chiropractic bias. It is a well-crafted work that right from the beginning stakes it claim in the spectrum of health care while acknowledging the intimate role of holistic-oriented physicians especially where there are concerns regarding a medical condition. BOOK REVIEW Within this context the book presents fve key parts: Ways to help your child's brain develop, Milestones for the new millennium child, Power to parents, Why doesn't my child seem to be quite right? and Understanding signs of ADHD, Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and companion disorders. Referencing is gathered at the end of the book, by chapter, and is comprehensive and reputable. The design and layout is strongly engaging and the Foreword is by none other than Noni Hazlehurst A.M, one of Australia's most endearing television presenters. Her 24 years of presenting Playschool and her more recent work with Better Homes and Gardens pales into insignifcance when we fully appreciate the signifcance of her reading of a story about a naughty baby who won't go to sleep (http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xtcB457jqQ). Living well is about a sense of humour, and obviously, being tickled. Personally, this reviewer deeply respects this book, not only for what he has been able to take away for his much-loved grandchildren, but also for what he can take for himself. And this is why the opening line of this review refers to Ticklish as being profound; it will change how the reader views life, love, growing up, and growing old. After all, Barham-Floreani does not put age limits to being tickled. Indeed, times have changed, and Barham-Floreani is a change-agent. Professor Phillip Ebrall BAppSc(Chiropractic), Grad Cert Tert Learning & Teaching, PhD, FICC, FACC Assistant Editor Confict of Interest statement: The reviewer has a personal acquaint- ance with the author and her family. Every effort has been made to remain objective in this review and apart from the review copy there are no benefts or other gains.
CJA March 2012