Genetics And Mental Retardation Syndromes: A New look at Behavior and Interventions / Edition 1

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Overview

New genetic causes of mental retardation are being discovered at rapid rates - every day more people are diagnosed with specific syndromes. This comprehensive and timely guide identifies characteristics of people who have these syndromes to help you understand their behaviors and their needs, so you'll be able to provide better interventions and create wider community inclusion. You'll get easy-to-read, detailed discussions of four major syndromes - Down, Williams, fragile X, and Prader-Willi - on genetic causes and implications, prevalence, basic physical characteristics, cognitive profiles, speech and language, medical complications, and behaviors. Research-based intervention strategies are explained to help you with education, personal relationships, employment, and residential issues. Five other, less researched syndromes - velocardiofacial, Rubinstein-Taybi, Angelman, Smith-Magenis, and 5p- (cri du chat) - are also featured, giving you in-depth information you won't find elsewhere.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Genetic Counseling
"The book is well organized and well written. . . . The intended audience of this work, as stated by the authors, are ';non-genetically trained workers: those behavioral scientists, practitioners and family members who desire to learn more about etiology-based behavioral findings and issues,' however, as a genetic counselor I found it thoroughly engrossing and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in any of the syndromes showcased."
From The Critics
Reviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of genetic mental retardation syndromes.
Purpose: The purpose is to enlighten the audience about mental retardation syndromes and remind them about the necessity of genetic research in this area.
Audience: Audiences include a broad range of professionals. Clinicians who follow patients with mental retardation will enjoy this book. Anybody who deals with retarded children, including special education teachers, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, will find this information will help them understand their clients.
Features: The first chapter of the book is dedicated to the necessity of studying the etiology of mental retardation. The author approaches this subject from a broad point of view. The rest of the book is a comprehensive review of four major mental retardation syndromes: Down, Williams, Fragile-X, and Prader-Willi. One chapter describes five other genetic syndromes which are less frequently diagnosed. The information includes genetic studies, prevalence, clinical features, and various issues including maladaptive behavior, prognosis, and treatment methods. The authors spend a great deal of time on treatment recommendations, although medication management is not covered. All chapters include pictures and graphics to enhance the understanding of the material. References are up-to-date and there is a helpful index at the end of the book.
Assessment: Written by genetic researchers who are credible authorities, this comprehensive review of genetic disorders with mental retardation is helpful and informative.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of genetic mental retardation syndromes.
Purpose: The purpose is to enlighten the audience about mental retardation syndromes and remind them about the necessity of genetic research in this area.
Audience: Audiences include a broad range of professionals. Clinicians who follow patients with mental retardation will enjoy this book. Anybody who deals with retarded children, including special education teachers, speech pathologists, and occupational therapists, will find this information will help them understand their clients.
Features: The first chapter of the book is dedicated to the necessity of studying the etiology of mental retardation. The author approaches this subject from a broad point of view. The rest of the book is a comprehensive review of four major mental retardation syndromes: Down, Williams, Fragile-X, and Prader-Willi. One chapter describes five other genetic syndromes which are less frequently diagnosed. The information includes genetic studies, prevalence, clinical features, and various issues including maladaptive behavior, prognosis, and treatment methods. The authors spend a great deal of time on treatment recommendations, although medication management is not covered. All chapters include pictures and graphics to enhance the understanding of the material. References are up-to-date and there is a helpful index at the end of the book.
Assessment: Written by genetic researchers who are credible authorities, this comprehensive review of genetic disorders with mental retardation is helpful and informative.
Booknews
Identifies the genetic and behavioral characteristics of nine mental retardation syndromes. Gives in-depth information on genetic causes, prevalence, and physical and medical features of Down, Williams, fragile X, and Prader-Willi syndromes, and describes their cognitive profiles, speech and language issues, and adaptive and maladaptive behaviors. Also looks at five lesser-known disorders: velocardiofacial syndrome, Rubenstein-Taybi syndrome, Smith-Magenis syndrome, Angelman syndrome, and 5p (cri du chat) syndrome. Includes b&w photos of facial features characteristic of different syndromes. Dykens teaches child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California-Los Angeles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557664716
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elisabeth M. Dykens, Ph.D., is a child clinical psychologist who has worked with individuals with many different disorders, both clinically and in research. She is particularly interested in the interconnections among genes, brain, and behavior –more specifically, in maladaptive behavior-psychopathology in individuals who have Prader-Willi syndrome, Williams syndrome, or other disorders. Co-author of Behavior and Development in Fragile X Syndrome (Sage Publications, 1994), Dr. Dykens has also published numerous studies on the behavior of people with mental retardation. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of several national syndrome organizations, the steering committee of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Gatlinburg Society for Research and Theory in Mental Retardation, and the research and evaluation committee for Special Olympics International.

Robert M. Hodapp, Ph.D., is a developmental psychologist who has examined how children with different mental retardation syndromes develop and interact with their families. A leading proponent of developmental approaches to children with disabilities, Dr. Hodapp's interests relate to the so-called indirect effects of genetic mental retardation disorders on others, intellectual strengths and weaknesses in Down syndrome, and the possibilities of etiology-based educational interventions. He is the author of Development and Disabilities: Intellectual, Sensory, and Motor Impairments (Cambridge University Press, 1998), and co-editor of the Handbook of Mental Retardation and Development (Cambridge University Press, 1998). Dr. Hodapp is also a member of the editorial boards of the American Journal on Mental Retardation and Mental Retardation.

Brenda M. Finucane, M.S., is a genetics counselor who serves as Director of Genetic Services at Elwyn Training and Research Institute, one of the United States' oldest multiservice agencies for people with mental retardation. She is the recipient of the 1994 Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship from the National Society of Genetics Counselors for her work with women with mental retardation; this work also resulted in her book, Working with Women with Mental Retardation (Elwyn Training and Research Institute, 1998). Ms. Finucane is also the author of What's So Special about Genetics? A Guide for Special Educators (Elwyn Training and Research Institute, 1996), and Fragile X Syndrome: A Handbook for Families and Professionals (National Fragile X Foundation, 1993) and the editor of several parent support group newsletters. She has thus led the way in promulgating etiology-based interventions to parents and educators.

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