Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology [NOOK Book]


"By far, the most comprehensive and detailed coverage of pediatric neuropsychology available in a single book today, Davis provides coverage of basic principles of pediatric neuropsychology, but overall the work highlights applications to daily practice and special problems encountered by the pediatric neuropsychologist."

Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD

Texas A&M University

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"By far, the most comprehensive and detailed coverage of pediatric neuropsychology available in a single book today, Davis provides coverage of basic principles of pediatric neuropsychology, but overall the work highlights applications to daily practice and special problems encountered by the pediatric neuropsychologist."

Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD

Texas A&M University

"The breadth and depth of this body of work is impressive. Chapters written by some of the best researchers and authors in the field of pediatric neuropsychology address every possible perspective on brain-behavior relationships culminating in an encyclopedic text . This [book] reflects how far and wide pediatric neuropsychology has come in the past 20 years and the promise of how far it will go in the next."

Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, EdD, NCSP, ABPdN

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

"...it would be hard to imagine a clinical situation in pediatric neuropsychology in which
this book would fail as a valuable resource."--Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

This landmark reference covers all aspects of pediatric neuropsychology from a research-based perspective, while presenting an applied focus with practical suggestions and guidelines for clinical practice. Useful both as a training manual for graduate students and as a comprehensive reference for experienced practitioners, it is an essential resource for those dealing with a pediatric population.

This handbook provides an extensive overview of the most common medical conditions that neuropsychologists encounter while dealing with pediatric populations. It also discusses school-based issues such as special education law, consulting with school staff, and reintegrating children back into mainstream schools. It contains over 100 well-respected authors who are leading researchers in their respective fields. Additionally, each of the 95 chapters includes an up-to-date review of available research, resulting in the most comprehensive text on pediatric neuropsychology available in a single volume.

Key Features:

  • Provides thorough information on understanding functional neuroanatomy and development, and on using functional neuroimaging
  • Highlights clinical practice issues, such as legal and ethical decision-making, dealing with child abuse and neglect, and working with school staff
  • Describes a variety of professional issues that neuropsychologists must confront during their daily practice, such as ethics, multiculturalism, child abuse, forensics, and psychopharmacology
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Christopher J. Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: The field of pediatric neuropsychology is vast, but highly specialized. This book is comprehensive reference on all aspects of the practice of pediatric neuropsychology.
Purpose: The aim is to present all aspects of relevant practice from a research-based perspective for this relatively young field.
Audience: The target audience is clearly pediatric neuropsychologists and students of this discipline. It assumes familiarity with the practice of neuropsychology and readers without this foundation are unlikely to find much of interest beyond the first two sections on development and neuroscience. The contributing authors are plentiful for this immense project, but not always appropriate for this book. There are a number of adult specialists among the authors, as well as authors who are not neuropsychologists or even doctoral level contributors. Well-recognized experts in pediatric neuropsychology are conspicuously absent.
Features: The sheer size of this book (over 1,000 pages) is both daunting and comforting. Although it will certainly take many long nights to grind through the copious amounts of information, one would think readers would be assured that all relevant topics are covered. This is often not the case. The book begins with an overview of development, as well as functional neuroanatomy. Although the latter section is detailed and appropriately technical, the functional neuroanatomy covers only the major structures. Minor but important structures are missing. As the book progresses through neuropsychological assessment, there is an embarrassingly cursory listing of tests that are used in the field. Several chapters completely neglect the marquee instruments for the particular disease or disorder. Even the tests that are included have only a brief description, and no critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses to help readers better appreciate appropriate test selection. Fixed batteries that are rarely used in clinical practice take up valuable space. Fortunately, there is a revival in the latter half of the book with a review of numerous medical conditions associated with neuropsychological impairment from spina bifida to toxin exposure to endocrine abnormalities. The references are current and the index is helpful.
Assessment: This is a monumental enterprise that falls well short of being the pinnacle reference for pediatric neuropsychologists. In fact, it could mislead students and novice clinicians with its authoritative appearance and critical omissions. The usefulness of the extensive medical disease review does not outweigh the shortcomings and readers should consider Cognitive and Behavioral Abnormalities of Pediatric Disease, Nass and Frank (Oxford University Press, 2010) for an enhanced empirical review.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826157379
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Andrew S. Davis, PhD, HSPP, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Ball State University, Muncie, IN, and the Clinical Director of Neurobehavioral Health, a neuropsychology practice located in Muncie, IN. He has published or presented well over 100 scholarly works in the fields of neuropsychology and school psychology. His research interests are primarily focused on applied and theoretical aspects of clinical neuropsychology. This includes the neuropsychological functioning of neurologically and psychiatrically impaired individuals and psychometric issues in neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Davis's current research interests include the relationship between cortical and subcortical sensory-motor functioning and higher-order abilities, predictors of early reading ability, executive functioning, and neuropsychological variables in patients with ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He is the current coordinator of the Neuropsychology in Schools Special Interest Group of the National Association of School Psychologists. He has authored over 30 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, guest-edited journal issues, and is the editor of the recently published Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology.

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Table of Contents


1 Intrauterine Development of the Central Nervous System
2 Neuropsychological Development of Newborns, Infants, and Toddlers (0 to 3 Years Old)
3 Neuropsychology of Early Childhood (3 to 5 Years Old)
4 Neuropsychology of Middle Childhood Development (6 to 11 Years Old)
5 Neuropsychology of Adolescent Development (12 to 18 Years Old)
6 Cognitive Development
7 Speech and Language Development
8 Moral Development


9 Cells, Synapses, and Circuits
10 Cerebral Vascular Anatomy and Its Clinico-Anatomical Correlates
11 The Spinal Cord
12 Functional Neuroanatomy of Structures of the Hindbrain, Midbrain, Diencephalon, and Basal Ganglia
13 Functional Neuroanatomy of the Limbic System
14 Functional Neuroanatomy of the Cerebellum
15 Functional Neuroanatomy of the Cerebral Cortex
16 Plasticity in a Pediatric Population


17 Assessment of Premorbid Functioning in a Pediatric Population
18 Neuropsychological Assessment of Newborns, Infants, and Toddlers
19 Assessment of Children With Pervasive Development Disorders
20 Assessing Diverse Populations With Nonverbal Measures of Ability in a Neuropsychological Context
21 Achievement Tests in Pediatric Neuropsychology
22 Assessing Adaptive Skills in a Pediatric Population
23 Measurement of Attention: Theoretical and Operational Considerations
24 Assessment of Executive Functions in a Pediatric Population
25 Memory Tests in Pediatric Neuropsychology
26 Personality Assessment for a Pediatric Population
27 Assessing Visual-Spatial and Construction Skills in a Pediatric Population
28 Cognitive Assessment System: Redefining Intelligence From a Neuropsychological Perspective
29 The Dean-Woodcock Sensory-Motor Battery
30 Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition
31 Examining and Using the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery: Is It Our Future or Our Past?
32 The Nebraska Neuropsychological Children's Battery
34 Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales, Fifth Edition
35 The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fourth Edition, in Neuropsychological Practice
36 Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities


37 The Pediatric Diagnostic Interview and Neurobehavioral Evaluation
38 Pediatric Neuropsychological Testing: Theoretical Models of Test Selection and Interpretation
39 Malingering and Related Conditions in Pediatric Populations
40 Delayed and Progressive IQ Decline in Pediatric Patients
41 Writing Pediatric Neuropsychological Reports
42 Conducting Feedback for Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessments


43 Pervasive Developmental Disorders
44 Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
45 Reactive Attachment Disorder
46 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
47 Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder
48 Developmental Dyspraxia and Developmental Coordination Disorder
49 Pediatric Tic Disorders
50 Eating Disorders
51 Neuropsychology of Pediatric Anxiety Disorders
52 Mood Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
53 Dyslexia
54 An Overview of Neuroscience Contributions to the Understanding of Dyscalculia in Children
55 The Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders
56 Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders in Childhood
57 Neuropsychology of Auditory Processing Disorders
58 Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Intervention
59 Perinatal Complications
60 Long-Term Outcome Following Preterm Birth
61 Periventricular Leukomalacia: Pathogenesis and Long-Term Outcomes
62 Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
63 Down Syndrome
64 The Dystrophinopathies
65 Sex Chromosome Aneuploidies
66 Neurofibromatosis, Type 1: From Gene to Classroom
67 Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
68 Infectious Diseases of the Central Nervous System: Neurobehavioral and Neuropsychological Sequelae
69 Pediatric HIV/AIDS
70 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
71 Central Nervous System Cancers
72 Pediatric Neuropsychology and Sleep Disorders
73 Pediatric Headache
74 Seizure Disorders
75 Pediatric Neuropsychology of Substance Abuse
76 Toxic Exposures
77 Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents


78 Past, Present, and Future of Pediatric Neuropsychology
79 Cultural Considerations in Pediatric Neuropsychology
80 Ethical and Legal Guidelines for Pediatric Neuropsychologists
81 Functional Behavioral Assessment
82 Professional Issues for Pediatric Neuropsychologists: Behavioral Interventions
83 Neuropsychological Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect
84 Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology
85 Neuroimaging and Pediatric Neuropsychology: Implications for Clinical Practice
86 Psychopharmacology for Pediatric Neuropsychologists
87 Neuropsychology of Gifted Children
88 Sport Neuropsychology for Children


89 Consulting With School Staff
90 Special Education Law, 504 Plans, and the Practice of School Neuropsychology
91 Participating in Case Conferences
92 Curriculum-Based Measurement
93 Response to Intervention From a Neuropsychological Perspective
94 Facilitating School Reintegration for Children With Traumatic Brain Injury
95 Developing and Implementing Evidence-Based Academic Interventions

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