Diagnosing Learning Disorders, Second Edition: A Neuropsychological Framework / Edition 2

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Overview

"Recent years have seen major advances in understanding and treating a wide range of neurodevelopmental disorders that affect children's learning and behavior. This authoritative work provides an accessible overview of what learning disorders are, how they develop, and how to diagnose them and intervene appropriately. The second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to bring practitioners fully up to date. Now grounded in a multiple-cognitive deficit model of learning disorders - unlike the prior edition's modular, single-deficit model - the volume has a heightened locus on evidence-based practice and contains several entirely new chapters." "The book synthesizes current scientific knowledge on such conditions as dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It offers clear guidance for making sense of a child's impairments and strengths and developing a differential diagnosis based on presenting symptoms, the child's history, behavioral observations, and thorough testing. Issues in defining and validating particular disorders are also addressed. User-friendly features include handy summary tables, in-depth case Illustrations that bring the diagnostic process to life, and recommendations for linking diagnosis to effective intervention." This scholarly yet highly practical volume is essential reading for a broad audience of professionals working with children, including school psychologists, neuropsychologists, child clinical and developmental psychologists, special educators, child psychiatrists, and pediatricians. Graduate students in these fields will find it an invaluable text.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

"Pennington's book is not only highly recommended to anyone working with children having disabilities, but also highly recommended for students in training. The book covers a broad range of issues that are of essential importance in effective practice....Pennington's delicate balance of covering a large number of topics and disorders with sufficient breadth and depth, with appeal to both researchers and practitioners, makes [this] one of the most valuable books available on the topic."--Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
NASP Communiqu�
"This book provides a thorough review of current neuropsychological research for various forms of learning disorders....The book would fit well in a university classroom setting to prepare practitioners with a solid base of research to support accurate differential diagnosis work in the schools."—NASP Communiqué
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

"Compelling because of the author's major contributions and long active presence in the field. His experience uniquely enables him to integrate the past with present research findings and practice....Can be utilized by practitioners (pediatricians, psychologists, therapists), researchers, and students to understand 'the latest' in the burgeoning literature on learning disorders, including autism. The user can quickly look up a disorder, find the clinical description and comorbidities, learn about the candidate genes, and how the disorder has been characterized via neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies....Compared to other books in this field, this book offers more evidence based interventions (when available) for the individual disorders. I recommend this for the intended audience (practitioners, researchers, and students), and also for already informed parents who wish to learn more about their child's condition."--Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
NASP Communiqué

"This book provides a thorough review of current neuropsychological research for various forms of learning disorders....The book would fit well in a university classroom setting to prepare practitioners with a solid base of research to support accurate differential diagnosis work in the schools."--NASP Communiqué

NASP Communique
This book provides a thorough review of current neuropsychological research for various forms of learning disorders....The book would fit well in a university classroom setting to prepare practitioners with a solid base of research to support accurate differential diagnosis work in the schools.—NASP Communiqué
From the Publisher

"Pennington provides an excellent overview of both theoretical and intervention aspects of learning disorders. This second edition examines learning disorders from a multifaceted view and provides detailed accounts of the assessment and intervention procedures needed to help individuals with these disorders. This book should be required reading for special education and school psychology professionals, as well as graduate students. Pennington should be commended for producing such an authoritative volume."--R. Malatesha Joshi, PhD, Professor of Literacy Education, ESL, and Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
 

"This unique book provides practitioners with a comprehensive picture of the broad array of conditions subsumed under the term 'learning disorders,' including dyslexia, ADHD, speech and language difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual disabilities. For those who work with persons with learning disorders or who want to know more about this extremely complex subject, the second edition of Diagnosing Learning Disorders is a 'must read.'"--Steve Graham, EdD, Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University
 

"In this second edition, Pennington captures the latest research and theories about learning disorders in a way that will be readily understandable for clinicians, scientists, educators, and graduate students. He cogently explains how the field has developed, thus providing a broader context for the new research that is covered. Extremely well written, and comprehensive in scope, this volume integrates information from clinical practice, cognitive neuroscience, and molecular biology. It is destined to be the authoritative reference on learning disorders."--Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks, Inc., and Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
 "Superb. A 'must' for educators, psychologists, and others who care about learning disorders and want to learn about the very latest scientific knowledge and its implications for clinical practice. Pennington is a trusted expert in learning disorders, one of only a small cadre of distinguished scholar-clinicians who not only know and create the science, but also work closely with children and adults who are affected. Here, theory and practice are linked in a scientifically rigorous and highly readable and relevant volume."--Sally E. Shaywitz, MD, Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development, Yale University School of Medicine; Co-Director, Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity; author of Overcoming Dyslexia
 
"I am grateful to Pennington for this updated and expanded second edition....Especially useful are the authoritative, lucid discussions of controversial diagnostic entities and therapeutic approaches."--Martha Bridge Denckla, MD, Batza Family Endowed Chair and Director, Developmental Cognitive Neurology Clinic, Kennedy Krieger Institute

"This updated work has been eagerly awaited. Pennington provides a basic understanding of the most common learning disorders, complete with the latest genetic and neuroscientific knowledge and clear examples of clinical presentations. In the second edition, the review of unproven therapies is novel and will surely prove useful to clinicians, who are frequently asked by families about these treatments. This book will become a classic for graduate students and practitioners in pediatric neuropsychology, child clinical psychology, and educational psychology."--Deborah Waber, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston

NASP Communiqu���

"This book provides a thorough review of current neuropsychological research for various forms of learning disorders....The book would fit well in a university classroom setting to prepare practitioners with a solid base of research to support accurate differential diagnosis work in the schools."—NASP Communiqué
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
\u0022Pennington''s book is not only highly recommended to anyone working with children having disabilities, but also highly recommended for students in training. The book covers a broad range of issues that are of essential importance in effective practice....Pennington''s delicate balance of covering a large number of topics and disorders with sufficient breadth and depth, with appeal to both researchers and practitioners, makes [this] one of the most valuable books available on the topic.\u0022--Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

"Pennington''s book is not only highly recommended to anyone working with children having disabilities, but also highly recommended for students in training. The book covers a broad range of issues that are of essential importance in effective practice....Pennington''s delicate balance of covering a large number of topics and disorders with sufficient breadth and depth, with appeal to both researchers and practitioners, makes [this] one of the most valuable books available on the topic."--Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

"Compelling because of the author''s major contributions and long active presence in the field. His experience uniquely enables him to integrate the past with present research findings and practice....Can be utilized by practitioners (pediatricians, psychologists, therapists), researchers, and students to understand ''the latest'' in the burgeoning literature on learning disorders, including autism. The user can quickly look up a disorder, find the clinical description and comorbidities, learn about the candidate genes, and how the disorder has been characterized via neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies....Compared to other books in this field, this book offers more evidence based interventions (when available) for the individual disorders. I recommend this for the intended audience (practitioners, researchers, and students), and also for already informed parents who wish to learn more about their child''s condition."--Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

NASP Communiqu�

"This book provides a thorough review of current neuropsychological research for various forms of learning disorders....The book would fit well in a university classroom setting to prepare practitioners with a solid base of research to support accurate differential diagnosis work in the schools."--NASP Communiqué

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593857141
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 355
  • Sales rank: 724,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Bruce F. Pennington, PhD, is a developmental neuropsychologist who has earned an international reputation for his research on dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. He has published 163 articles in refereed journals and was selected to appear on ISIHighlyCited.com because of his exceptional citation count in the field of Psychology/Psychiatry. He is particularly interested in using genetic and neuropsychological methods to understand comorbidity among disorders. Dr. Pennington is a John Evans Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver, where he heads the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program. His honors include Research Scientist, MERIT, and Fogarty awards from the National Institutes of Health; the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association; and the Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture from the British Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to being a researcher and research mentor, Dr. Pennington is also a child clinical neuropsychologist, and has been active in clinical practice and training throughout his career.
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Table of Contents

I. Basic Concepts

1. How Learning Disorders Develop

2. Neuropsychological Constructs

3. Issues in Syndrome Validation

4. Less Well-Validated Learning Disorders

5. Differential Diagnosis

II. Reviews of Disorders

6. Dyslexia, with Robin L. Peterson and Lauren M. McGrath

7. Speech and Language Disorders, with Robin L. Peterson and Lauren M. McGrath

8. Autism Spectrum Disorder, with Lauren M. McGrath and Robin L. Peterson

9. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, with Lauren M. McGrath and Robin L. Peterson

10. Intellectual Disability, with Lauren M. McGrath and Robin L. Peterson

11. Developmental Coordination Disorder

12. Mathematics Disorder

13. Nonverbal Learning Disability

III. Implications for Practice and Policy

14. Evidence-Based Practice: Barriers and Benefits

15. Controversial Therapies

Appendix A. Helpful Resources for Parents and Teachers

Appendix B. Useful Websites

Appendix C. Frequently Used Tests for Learning Disorders

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