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From The CriticsReviewer: William I. Cohen, MD (Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh)
Description: Dr. Selikowitz has updated his 1990 book designed for parents of children with Down syndrome. This book is notable in that it covers the whole life span, from infancy to adulthood and deals with the developmental, educational, and social-sexual needs of individuals with Down syndrome as well as their medical needs.
Purpose: The author successfully meets his objective of providing a concise, readable discussion of Down syndrome and its impact on the child and family in an upbeat, positive manner. This book will be especially useful to new parents of a child with Down syndrome, although it does present excellent information about the needs of adolescents and adults as well.
Audience: Designed for parents, this book certainly has the potential to be useful to a variety of other professionals, such as medical students, educators, early intervention providers, and social workers. The medical material is well presented, in a fashion that is clear and free of jargon. The author is a recognized authority on this subject; he speaks authoritatively and compassionately.
Features: There are a few figures to illustrate some of the genetics of Down syndrome. Most of the illustrations are pictures of individuals with Down syndrome. I think more of these would be helpful to parents, to see the child in his or her natural environment. The book is small in size and is very inviting; it is easy to read and does not overwhelm the reader. The absence of references is a minor fault, overcome by the names and addresses of a variety of national organizations that can provide current information.
Assessment: This concise, appealing book is encyclopedic in breadth, yet it never overwhelms the reader with too much detail. It is current, with a good description of the alternative (controversial) therapies that are currently the rage around the world. This book should be available in every obstetric department and every public library.