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Handbook of Developmental Disabilities
New York : The Guilford Press, 2007
RJ506 .D47 H356 2007
In recent decades, significant advances have been made in theory, research, and practice related to developmental disabilities. This authoritative handbook brings together leading experts to review the breadth of current knowledge emerging from multiple disciplines. Coverage includes scientific foundations, the challenges facing individuals and families across the lifespan, and effective approaches to providing servics and support, within empowerment-based framework.
Initial sections address basic definitional, methodological, and policy issues, and present state-of-the-art neuroscientific and genetic research. Subsequent sections explore the impact of developmental disabilities on health, learning, and behavior, detailing exemplary educational and clinical practices. Chapters analyze what works in intervention from infancy through the school years and the transition to adulthood. Described are innovative models and methods for fostering communication and language abilities, academic skills, meaningful social interactions, and vocational and independent living skills. Cutting-edge approaches to positive behavior support are discussed, as are strategies for managing comorbid mental health problems. Using a multisystems perspective, several chapters consider ways to promote family adaptation and resilience. The concluding section offers a cross-cultural, global view of developmental disabilities and outlines a cogent agenda for future research.
This comprehensive handbook is a definitive reference for all who study or provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Students in clinical, school, and developmental psychology, special education, speech language pathology, and psychiatry will find it a highly informative text.
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