Mental Retardation: An Introduction to Intellectual Disability / Edition 7

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This market-leading text provides educators with the most current information about the many facets of mental retardation and intellectual disabilities from a life-cycle perspective. The authors provide comprehensive yet concise coverage of all relevant content and also show relationships between theory and practice, decode the terminology used in the field and relate these terms and concepts to the reality of the classroom, the world of work, and the life of the community. Changes to the Seventh Edition:
• A reorganized table of contents facilitates better reader comprehension of difficult to understand concepts and underscores the lifespan approach of the text.
• Discussions of multiculturalism, diversity, and family values are brought to the forefront with a new chapter covering this content. (Chapter 7)
• Autism Spectrum Disorders are given more prominence. (Chapter 9)
• The Companion Website ( is integrated throughout the text via margin notes that cue readers to relevant online activities and resources, such as self-assessment quizzes, and links to related websites, articles, case studies, and video. Students can also communicates with one another using the message board, and faculty can post and maintain syllabi using the online Syllabus Manager tool.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131181892
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/29/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 669,574
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents


1. Historical Perspectives.

2. Definition and Terminology.

3. Assessment of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities.

4. Individual Rights and Legal Issues.


5. Psychological Aspects of Intellectual Disability.

6. Biological Aspects and the Promises Prevention (Polloway and Smith).

7. Family Considerations (Trainor).


8. Characteristics of Persons with Mild Mental Retardation.

9. Characteristics of Persons with Severe Intellectual Disabilities.

IV. Programming and Issues Across the Lifespan.

10. Infancy and Early Childhood (Dietrich)

11. School Years.

12. Adult Years.


13. Assistive Technology Applications.




Name Index.

Subject Index.

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