Child Neuropsychology: Concepts, Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

Based on the most up-to-date research, Child Neuropsychology is a thorough and accessible guide to the key concepts and basic processes central to neuropsychological assessment and child evaluation. Essays by leading experts in the field cover basic neuropsychological functions and related disorders in the context of brain development in gestation, infancy, and childhood.

Divided into three sections, the text begins with clear definitions of the concepts and methodology of brain development in infant and child neuropsychology. Section two examines normal and abnormal functional development and its impact on language, memory, and perception. The final section considers professional practice and provides valuable insights into the special problems of neuropsychological assessment of infants and children in clinical and educational settings.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Child neuropsychology is a highly specialized field worthy of discussion separate from adult and geriatric neuropsychology. This book provides just such specialized coverage within a developmental framework.
Purpose: In contrast to many symptom- or disease-based books, this one is designed to provide a normal developmental foundation from which to further understand abnormal neuropsychological development.
Audience: Although aimed primarily at clinical neuropsychologists, the book also would be of interest to cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists, as well as other pediatric clinicians. The editors and contributing authors represent a complementary group of researchers and clinicians that bridge science to practice.
Features: As expected, the book begins with an introduction to CNS development. Several aspects are covered in the first few chapters, including neuroanatomy, genetics, and normal trajectories along with plasticity. It is heartening to see the incorporation of longitudinal studies and discussions of differences in findings between static or cross-sectional studies. There is also a chapter on neuroradiology, but this is limited to a handful of psychiatric disorders, which is perplexing given the neuropsychological content of the book. The second section focuses on the development of various neuropsychological domains, such as memory, attention, language, visuospatial, executive functions, and academic skills. This section really begins to read like a textbook, but without the illustrations, key concepts, or cases that can help to overcome the monotony of page after page of print. The clinical aspects appear separated into their own section at the end of the book and contain brief, general information about the practice of neuropsychology in different settings, but little detailed information about practical aspects of clinical practice. For example, the chapter regarding neuropsychological practice in schools never mentions IEPs, interdisciplinary plans, or relevant guidelines. The references are up to date and although the index looks comprehensive at first glance, much of the listings are taken up by author's names rather than subjects or topics.
Assessment: This book meets the aim of providing information about neuropsychological development from a general perspective. However, it fails to integrate clinical topics to stimulate reader interest and involvement, presenting as a dry textbook. Additionally, there is little that will help with the practical aspects of pediatric neuropsychological assessment, including differential diagnosis or treatment planning. For readers seeking a summary of the research literature, this can be a relevant review, but it falls short of being a usable clinical reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405152662
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/27/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Reed is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in child neuropsychology. He is a director and co-founder of a community child neuropsychology rehabilitation service, Recolo UK Ltd. He has worked as a child neuropsychologist at Guy’s Hospital, London and at the Royal London Hospital.

Jody Warner-Rogers trained at West Virginia University. She is a consultant clinical psychologist and pediatric neuropsychologist with the Paediatric Neurodisability Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Jonathan Reed and Jody Warner Rogers

Section 1 Key Concepts.

2 The Importance of Tracing Developmental Trajectories for Clinical Child Neuropsychology (Dagmara Annaz, Annette Karmiloff-Smith and Michael C. S. Thomas).

3 Child Brain Development (Hans J. ten Donkelaar).

4 Genetics of Learning Abilities and Disabilities: Implications for Cognitive Neuroscience and Translational Research (Yulia Kovas and Robert Plomin).

5 Brain Plasticity: Evidence from Children with Perinatal Brain Injury (Judy S. Reilly, Susan C. Levine, Ruth Nass and Joan Stiles).

6 Neuroimaging in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Disorders (Paramala J Santosh and Ruksana Ahmed).

7 The Concept and Development of General Intellectual Ability (Mike Anderson).

Section 2 Theory of Neuropsychological Development.

8 The Neuropsychology of Language Development (Frederic Dick, Robert Leech and Fiona Richardson).

9 The Neuropsychology of Visuo-spatial and Visuo-motor Development (Janette Atkinson and Marko Nardini).

10 The Neuropsychology of Children’s Memory (Arthur MacNeill Horton and Henry Soper).

11 The Neuropsychology of Attention Development (Maxine Sinclair and Eric Taylor).

12 Executive Functions and Development (Clare Hughes and Andrew Graham).

13 Self-regulation in the Developing Brain (Rebecca Todd and Marc Lewis).

14 Social Neuroscience (Simon Baron-Cohen and Bhismadev Chakrabarti).

15 Reading (Usha Goswami).

16 Developmental Dyscalculia (Brian Butterworth)

Section 3 Practice.

17 Neuropsychological Assessment in a Neurological Setting (Ingram Wright and Peta Sharples)

18 Neuropsychological Assessment in Child Mental Health Contexts (Ian Frampton)

19 Applications of Neuropsychology in Schools (Sue Harrison and Jane Hood).

20 Neuropsychological Assessment in Medical Contexts Psychological Assessment in Medical Contexts (Sarah Helps).

21 A Clinician’s Guide to Child Neuropsychological Assessment and Formulation (Jody Warner Rogers and Jonathan Reed).

Index.

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