The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Disorders
- Patricia Howlin - Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
- Tony Charman - Institute of Psychiatry, UK
- Mohammad Ghaziuddin - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Child Psychiatry | Clinical Psychology (General) | Early Childhood Language & Literacy
Reflecting the enormous changes that have taken place in our knowledge and understanding of developmental disorders, this groundbreaking international volume brings this vast and complex field together for the first time. The Editors have collected together the world's leading academic scholars and clinicians, to explore how current research across a range of different disciplines can inform clinical practice and help to improve the lives of individuals and their families.
This is a comprehensive and much needed contribution to the field of education. An ever increasing number of learners identified with a broad range of developmental disorders are integrated into mainstream education. Whilst this suggests significant progress in the educational system of the UK, it also leaves many educators with huge gaps in knowledge and understanding. The text draws upon a wide range of disciplines and carefully considers the language and potential interventions that may support engagement in learning environments. Causation, behavioural observations and specific contexts are presented clearly. There is, as expected, a vast array of complex terminology; however, it is clear that efforts have been made to delineate the contextual vocabulary to make this text accessible to a wide audience. This is particularly helpful when authors have provided categorical characteristics of the particular disorder in terms of language, cognition, psychological characteristics and others. Each chapter includes a clear conclusion that can support readers to reflect on what is understood versus what requires further reading and learning.
good coverage of required areas for module
I recommended this book to students on our MA programme in Special Educational Needs and BA (Hons) Childhood Studies degree. It is a very accessible, well informed handbook which provides sufficient detail and also links to further reading. I find myself dipping into it often as it is very well organised and clear.
"The Sage Handbook of Developmental Disorders" both broadens and elaborates on the knowledge that professionals working with persons with developmental and intellectual disorders require.
Each chapter covers the much needed insight and guidance into ongoing improvements in theory and practice as well as prevention and intervention.