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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Naglaa Shourbaji, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book covers the psychosocial development of children from birth to age 8 years from the standpoint of providing developmental interventions. It reviews normal and abnormal child development and then addresses the medical, social, developmental, and educational needs of children with a wide range of disabilities.
Purpose: It is intended as a comprehensive textbook on child development, both normal and abnormal. There is an emphasis on special needs of children in different cultures and how to access services to meet these needs.
Audience: This book has a wide audience of physicians (in pediatrics and family practice, residents and students), nurses, and developmental and educational professionals, as well as administrative and health planning professionals in the areas of child health, education, psychology, and early intervention.
Features: This inclusive book covers a wide range of subjects and specialties in an easy to read, up-to-date, informative style. Different sections cover the early identification of developmental delays, effects of prematurity, effects of cultural diversity on development and diagnosis, childhood abuse and neglect, as well as a number of other topics on early intervention in developmental delay. Numerous family case studies scattered throughout the book illustrate the education points. The book does a superior job in the areas of understanding autism, the importance of the role of the family, and understanding cultural differences.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference on a broad selection of topics in early childhood development and its social and cultural ramifications. I have not come across another book that covers this wide range of issues in child development, using case studies in a way that appeals to both physicians and nonmedical professionals. The authors have done a wonderful job of providing current information in a simple, informative fashion.