Diagnosing Learning Disorders, Second Edition: A Neuropsychological Framework / Edition 2

Diagnosing Learning Disorders, Second Edition: A Neuropsychological Framework / Edition 2

by Bruce F. Pennington PhD
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Diagnosing Learning Disorders, Second Edition: A Neuropsychological Framework / Edition 2

From a trusted expert in the field, this authoritative work provides an accessible overview of what learning disorders are, how they develop, and how to diagnose and treat them effectively. The author presents the most current neuroscientific knowledge on a range of conditions, including dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and others. Practitioners gain vital insights and tools for making sense of children's impairments and strengths, collecting and interpreting diagnostic data from a variety of sources, and linking diagnosis to evidence-based interventions. The second edition has been substantially revised and expanded to reflect significant clinical and research advances.


New to This Edition

*Covers additional disorders: intellectual disability, mathematics disorder, and developmental coordination disorder, plus a chapter on less well-validated disorders.

*New case illustrations and a focus on empirically based practice.

*Now grounded in a multiple cognitive-deficit model of learning disorders, replacing the prior edition's modular, single-deficit model.

*An illuminating chapter on controversial therapies separates myths from facts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593857141
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 10/17/2008
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 355
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 17 Years

About the Author

Bruce F. Pennington, PhD, is a developmental neuropsychologist who has earned an international reputation for his research on dyslexia, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and autism. He has published 163 articles in refereed journals and was selected to appear on ISIHighlyCited.com because of his exceptional citation count in the field of Psychology/Psychiatry. He is particularly interested in using genetic and neuropsychological methods to understand comorbidity among disorders. Dr. Pennington is a John Evans Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver, where he heads the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Program. His honors include Research Scientist, MERIT, and Fogarty awards from the National Institutes of Health; the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association; and the Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture from the British Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to being a researcher and research mentor, Dr. Pennington is also a child clinical neuropsychologist, and has been active in clinical practice and training throughout his career.

Table of Contents

I. Basic Concepts

1. How Learning Disorders Develop

2. Neuropsychological Constructs

3. Issues in Syndrome Validation

4. Less Well-Validated Learning Disorders

5. Differential Diagnosis

II. Reviews of Disorders

6. Dyslexia, with Robin L. Peterson and Lauren M. McGrath

7. Speech and Language Disorders, with Robin L. Peterson and Lauren M. McGrath

8. Autism Spectrum Disorder, with Lauren M. McGrath and Robin L. Peterson

9. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, with Lauren M. McGrath and Robin L. Peterson

10. Intellectual Disability, with Lauren M. McGrath and Robin L. Peterson

11. Developmental Coordination Disorder

12. Mathematics Disorder

13. Nonverbal Learning Disability

III. Implications for Practice and Policy

14. Evidence-Based Practice: Barriers and Benefits

15. Controversial Therapies

Appendix A. Helpful Resources for Parents and Teachers

Appendix B. Useful Websites

Appendix C. Frequently Used Tests for Learning Disorders


School psychologists, neuropsychologists, child clinical and developmental psychologists, special educators, child psychiatrists, and pediatricians. Will serve as a text in graduate-level courses on learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, cognitive assessment, and developmental neuropsychology.

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