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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Dr. Pennington has long been at the forefront of learning disabilities research and clinical practice and this book is meant to be an authoritative text on learning disorders.
Purpose: With an expanded, multiple-deficit model, this second edition of a seminal work significantly updates the literature in this area.
Audience: It is intended for specialists working with children who have learning disorders. This may include developmental neuropsychologists, child psychologists, and school psychologists, among many others. The editor is a well published expert in this field who has gathered many other outstanding authors to contribute.
Features: Short introductory chapters define relevant terms at a basic level. Well validated and questionable disorders are discussed, and disorders without clear empirical support are critiqued. From this point on, chapters increase in length and delve deeper into particular disorders, covering epidemiology, etiology, and comorbidities. The book also covers developmental trajectories, neuropsychological findings, and treatment recommendations. Case examples are replete throughout and help to translate research findings into clinical practice. Evidence-based practice and controversial treatments are covered in more detail in the final chapters. The index is helpful and the references clearly have been updated.
Assessment: The first edition of this book was an authoritative source of information on learning disorders. This second edition carries on that tradition with a wide variety of evidence-based information and is well worth owning, given the significant updates. This is a superb example of a book worthy of the attention of both students and seasoned clinicians.