This book addresses key issues in child neuropsychology but differs from other books in the field in its emphasis on clinical practice rather than research issues. Although research findings are presented, they are described with emphasis on what is relevant for assessment, treatment and management of pediatric conditions. The authors have chosen to focus on a number of areas. First, the text examines the natural history of childhood CNS insult, highlighting studies where children have been followed over time to determine the impact of injury on ongoing development. Second, processes of normal and abnormal cerebral and cognitive development are outlined and the concepts of brain plasticity and the impact of early CNS insult discussed. Finally, using a number of common childhood CNS disorders as examples, the authors develop a model which describes the complex interaction among biological, psychosocial and cognitive factors in the brain injured child.
The text will be of use on advanced undergraduate courses in developmental neuropsychology, postgraduate clinical training programmes, and for professionals working with children in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and in educational and rehabilitation contexts.
Part 1: Defining the Neurodevelopmental Context. Child Neuropsychology: Dimensions of Theory and Practice. Cerebral Development. Cognitive Development. Part 2: Common CNS Disorders of Childhood: Neurological, Developmental and Psychosocial Dimensions. Recovery from Early Brain Insult: Plasticity, Early Vulnerability and their Neural Bases. Traumatic Brain Injury in Children. Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida. Cerebral Infections. Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders. Childhood Epilepsies. Part 3: Neuropsychological Practice within a Developmental Context. Child Neuropsychological Assessment: A Conceptual Framework. Case Illustrations: From Referral to Treatment. Closing Comments. References. Index.
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