Description: The developmental approach to mental retardation has dramatically evolved in the last ten to fifteen years. With the diversity and expansion of research in developmental biology and its application to mental retardation, a useful text is needed for professionals in the field of developmental disabilities to add to their reference libraries. This book fills that need.
Purpose: The expressed purpose is to address various aspects of development and provide a better understanding of the functioning of people with mental retardation.
Audience: The target audience is practitioners in the fields of psychology, education, speech and language pathology, and social work. It is a reference book for graduate students. Developmental pediatricians will find it a useful reference.
Features: This book reviews several aspects in the developmental approach to mental retardation. It addresses some aspects of normal development and its application to a wider population of persons with mental retardation. The contributors discuss how a variety of environments influence and are influenced by the person with mental retardation. They also cover some aspects of social and emotional development of persons with mental retardation.
Assessment: In my opinion, this is a useful reference for graduate students and for professionals in the fields of psychology, education, social work, and speech and language. It can be consulted for a quick review or used as a resource for an in-depth review. More illustrations and tables would have been of value to the reader.