Dictionary of Developmental Disabilities Terminology / Edition 3

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More than 4,000 disability terms, with the clearest, most accurate definitions—that's what professionals will get in this third edition of the bestselling dictionary, now fully updated and expanded just in time for its 15th anniversary. The go-to disability reference since its first edition was published in 1996, this comprehensive dictionary gives readers jargon-free definitions of all the terms they'll need to know to work effectively with children, adults, and other professionals. A diverse team of experts carefully reviewed and revised every entry in this new edition, making each definition as clear, user friendly, and up to date as possible. Readers will get

  • 800 all-new entries reflecting the latest developments in the disability field

  • streamlined, easy-to-use entries on assessment tools

  • more on rapidly changing topic areas such as autism, genetics, technology, and speech-language pathology

  • definitions of new medications and their uses

  • a helpful guide to recent legislation and a chronological look at how key laws have evolved over the years

  • terminology used in a broad range of fields, such as medicine, education, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, audiology, and speech-language pathology

  • illustrations, tables, and charts that clarify and supplement the definitions

  • synonyms and cross-references that help readers navigate the book and expand their knowledge of the terms

  • updates on professional organizations and associations

The ultimate reference for anyone who cares for or works with individuals with developmental disabilities, this dictionary is also the perfect complement to any course on disability. Professionals from a wide range of disciplines will have the fast, reliable information they need to provide effective services to children and families.

More than 4,000 jargon-free definitions of
  • disorders

  • diagnoses

  • assessments

  • interventions

  • medications

  • organizations

  • programs

  • educational practices

  • anatomical terms

  • medical equipment

  • behaviors

  • public laws

  • assistive technologies

  • and more

"...a resoure that demystifies the jargon, it will answer thousands of questions for medical or human services profess ionals, parents or advocates of children with disabilities, or students preparing for their careers."

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Editorial Reviews

Professor of Pediatrics, Pritzker School of Medicine; Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, University of Ch - Michael E. Msall
"A much needed and updated interdisciplinary effort that puts together in one volume a wealth of information. A welcome resource for professionals . . . whether they are currently in training or are experienced practitioners."
Paul H. Lipkin

"An invaluable reference for both the student and the professional working in the disability field. The new edition assures that the current terminology is at their fingertips. I recommend it for every desktop or library."
Chief Academic Officer, Children's National Medical Center; Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Associate - Mark L. Batshaw
"Precise and eloquent definitions . . . Should be on the desk of everyone working in the field of developmental disabilities."
"A necessary resource . . . Covering a full spectrum from legislation to diagnosis, this reference volume is concisely written and well-referenced."
The Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch
"Offers a fine survey for any collection concerned with children with special needs."
Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
"The authors provide accurate, clear, easily understood definitions throughout the dictionary, making even the most complicated medical or assessment terminology easily understood by the reader ... a very useful quick reference tool for anyone who works with, lives with, or cares for individuals with disabilities."
From The Critics
Written for professionals, parents, and other caretakers, this dictionary defines technical terms in non-technical language. The terminology represents that from fields like pediatrics, anatomy, genetics, orthopedics, neurology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, psychiatry, psychology, education, social work, family therapy, law, speech pathology, linguistics, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nutrition. Chronic diseases which are not developmental in nature are not generally included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598570700
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 999,240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Pasquale J. Accardo, M.D., is Professor of Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He received his medical degree from Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; completed his pediatric residency at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and obtained his developmental pediatrics training at the John F. Kennedy Institute for Handicapped Children (now called the Kennedy Krieger Institute), an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. He is subcertified in neurodevelopmental disabilities in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Accardo is the author and editor of several books including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: The Clinical Spectrum (York Press, 2001); Austim: Clinical and Research Issues (York Press, 2000), and Developmental Disabilities in Infancy and Childhood, Second Edition, Volumes I and II (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1996).

Dr. Farrell directs an interdisciplinary team that provides evaluation and intervention for children with disabilities. She is also Co-Director of Psychology Training at WIHD. Dr. Farrell earned her doctorate in clinical and school psychology at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. She is a member of the Westchester, New York, Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council. Dr. Farrell provides consultation, training, and technical assistance to local, state, and federal agencies and regional intervention programs. She lectures frequently on autism, early communication disorders, behavioral supports for young children, best practice in assessment, and developmental risk in early childhood.

Jill Morrow-Gorton, M.D., is Medical Director of the Office of Mental Retardation for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. A Pennsylvania native, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed pediatric specialty training at Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston. After completing a 3-year fellowship in developmental pediatrics at St. Louis University, she was on the faculty in pediatric rehabilitation at the Pennsylvania State School of Medicine and the Hershey Medical Center. She also ran the Child Development Center, a multidisciplinary diagnostic center for children with developmental disabilities, at Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She is active in the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and represented the chapter on the State Interagency Coordinating Council. She is also a member of the Society for Developmental Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child Neurology and Developmental Medicine.

Barbara Y. Whitman, M.S.W., Ph.D., is Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Dr. Whitman obtained her master of social work and doctoral degrees at Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Washington University School of Medicine. She completed additional postdoctoral training in family therapy at the Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas. Dr. Whitman has published extensively in the areas of parents of children with mental retardation, Prader-Willi syndrome, and attention-deficit disorders. Her publications include Attention Deficits and Hyperactivity in Children and Adults: Diagnosis, Treatment, Management, Second Edition, Revised and Expanded (Marcel Dekker, 1999); Child Maltreatment: A Clinical Guide and Reference, Second Edition (G.W. Medical Publishing, 1998); and Recognition of Child Abuse for the Mandated Reporter, Second Edition (G.W. Medical Publishing, 1996).

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Table of Contents

About the Editors
Guide to the Dictionary

  1. A not B error to AYP
  2. babbling to BVMGT
  3. CA to cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  4. DA to DYT
  5. E trisomy to eye–hand coordination
  6. Fabry disease to FYI
  7. g factor to gyrus
  8. H & P to Hz
  9. I and R to IVIG
  10. Jacksonian seizure to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA)
  11. Kabat to kyphosis
  12. La Leche League to lymphonodular hyperplasia
  13. MA to MZ twins
  14. NACD to nystatin
  15. OAD to oxycephaly
  16. PA to pyridoxine deficiency
  17. QALY to quickening
  18. radial palmar grasp to Ruvalcaba-Myre syndrome
  19. saccade to SYSTEMS
  20. TABS to tyrosinemia
  21. UA to Uzgiris-Hunt Ordinal Scales of Psychological Development
  22. VA shunt to VZV
  23. Waardenburg syndrome to WVAST
  24. xeroderma pigmentosum to XYY syndrome
  25. Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOC) to Yutopar
  26. Zantac to zygomatic bone


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