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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This valuable and informative book on the diagnosis and care of individuals with intellectual disabilities focuses on the issues that must be addressed and clarified related to the complicated disorders subsumed under "intellectual disability." Written by an internationally recognized authority on developmental neuropsychiatry, the book is an outstanding tool for families and professionals.
Purpose: The aim is to offer a comprehensive resource for families and professionals involved in the care of the intellectually disabled. The book provides the needed guidance and information to help them deal with the biological, social, economic, and legal issues involved in the care of these individuals.
Audience: Those who care for or are involved with these individuals, including families, pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and attorneys, would find this book indispensable.
Features: Beginning chapters review the concepts and history of intellectual disability and summarize the prevalence of the problem. The author then details recognizing features of intellectual disability and the differential diagnosis. The evaluation procedures are described as well as the complicating behavioral and psychiatric conditions, along with their treatments. Intellectual disabilities throughout the life cycle and the issues that need to be addressed are described. The three appendixes include lists of resources such as national associations, family support websites, and suggested readings.
Assessment: This is a very useful guide for families and professionals. It presents information that is essential in coping with the vicissitudes individuals with intellectual disabilities present.