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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Human development is dynamic in nature, as is development gone awry. Atypical development can be understood through many perspectives that explore complex etiologies, necessitating a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and remediation. This book covers atypical development from many perspectives and attempts to bridge neuroscience knowledge and educational methods.
Purpose: The intent of this book is to present transdisciplinary research in cognitive neuroscience and developmental psychopathology. This is accomplished with a converging evidence approach to understanding atypical development.
Audience: This book will appeal to a wide audience of psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, educators, speech and language pathologists, and anyone else interested in developmental neuroscience. The editors are accomplished scholars in this field.
Features: The book tackles several specific disorders or diseases that affect development, such as autism, William's Syndrome, and dyslexia. Some chapters provide a brief overview of normal development before launching into the abnormalities of a particular syndrome. Notably, the chapters are not merely introductions, but take a sophisticated look at the syndromes. On the one hand, there is some overlap between chapters. On the other hand, the book covers only a handful of syndromes and it is unclear why these were selected over other, more prevalent syndromes. There are few figures and illustrations, although a book of this sort lends itself to more visual demonstrations of the subject. Additionally, readers will find that some chapter titles miss the mark, such as the one titled "Central Nervous System Substrates of Impulsivity," which is actually a chapter about ADHD that includes some information about impulsivity.
Assessment: In general, this is an interesting book. It provides a sophisticated review of current knowledge regarding particular syndromes and does so through a variety of experimental and clinical perspectives. There is, however, room for improvement. Readers looking for general information regarding neuroscience or atypical development will not find it here, but for those interested in the few syndromes covered in this book, it provides a valuable summary of the current literature.