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.
Table of Contents
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.
'It is especially impressive that the authors (most notably Vicki Anderson) have made a substantial contribution to the literature on a number of topic areas. However, the strength of the text is not only in its scientific base, but also in its insight into clinical practice in child neuropsychology, in the 'Melbourne' (case material) tradition. Each of these 'pathology' chapters contains a Case Study and there are further cases in later chapters. I defy any clinician not to find these cases both interesting and appropriate. ... It is the section on Case Illustrations that will sell the book to most clinicians. ... I suspect that every clinician will be drawn to these highly readable accounts long before they focus on the theoretical and research-based chapters.' - Oliver Turnbull in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
'This text will provide the child neuropsychologist not only with a rich source of information about the childhood CNS insults and injuries encountered in clinical practice, but also with an understanding of emerging conceptual frameworks within which the information may be understood.' - Maureen Dennis, Department of Psychology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto