Picks and Pans Review: Why Wont My Child

updated 08/21/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/21/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PAY ATTENTION?

Never mind reading. Some parents can't even get Johnny to sit still. Sam Goldstein, who holds a Ph.D. in child psychology from the University of Utah, has developed this video as an aid to understanding and managing inattentive and hyperactive children. For much of the tape's 76 minutes, Goldstein lectures. First he identifies the skittish symptoms related to these problems. Then he appraises various treatments, encouraging parents to distinguish between incompetence (the child needs to be educated) and noncompliance (the child needs to be punished), and finally he suggests positive ways to cope.

His observations are intercut with accounts from the mother of one hyperactive child and the father of another, each of whom describes the worries and woes of raising their taxing youngsters. Viewers bothered by shrill deliveries may want to wear earmuffs, but Goldstein knows his subject well, and his insights may offer fresh hope for frustrated parents. (Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center, $29.95; 801-266-8895)

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