This essential guide is a research-based practical handbook for assessing global developmental delay and other neurodevelopmental disorders in young children. It explains diagnostic, support, and treatment services available for children and their families, clarifying psychological and medical terminology, and global legislative and societal factors relating to assessment.
Designed as a comprehensive compendium for student and practicing psychologists, it offers an introduction to historical perspectives around child development and developmental disorders, and how these have affected our understanding of neurodevelopmental disorders. It explains professional and ethical considerations surrounding the clinical practice of developmental assessments, and focuses on the crucial importance of understanding and supporting the parental experience of assessment and diagnosis. Key topics covered include: definitions and descriptions of genetic and chromosomal disorders and neurodevelopmental disorders; eligibility criteria for support and assistance; the Griffiths Scales, Bayley Scales, and other notable assessments for young children; autism spectrum disorder; the process of assessment and diagnosis, diagnostic tools, and report writing.
Including a chapter of illustrative case studies of children with developmental disorders, this book will be essential reading for educational, clinical, and developmental psychologists working with children and their families, as well as post-graduate students training in the field.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Neurodevelopmental disorders in young children 1. Historical overview of neurodevelopmental disorders in young children 2. What is a neurodevelopmental disorder 3. Genetic and chromosomal disorders 4. Selected genetic and chromosomal disorders Part 2: Why do we assess and diagnose neurodevelopmental disorders? 5.Why do we assess young children? 6. Parental experience of assessment and diagnosis 7. Systemic reasons to assess and diagnose childhood disorders Part 3: The assessment and diagnostic process 8. Psychometric assessment of childhood development 9. The Griffiths Scales of mental development 10. Bayley Scales of infant and child development 11. Other notable assessments for young children: The McCarthy Scales and the Miller Scales 12. Checklist and questionnaire-based assessments 13. Assessing Autism Spectrum Disorder in young children Part 4: From theory to practice 14. From theory to clinical practice 15. Pre-assessment preparation 16. The assessment process 17. ‘Driving’ the test: The 75-25 rule and its application 18. Scoring developmental tests 19. Giving feedback 20. Diagnostic considerations and formulation 21. Follow-up and support Part 5: Reporting and report writing 22. Report writing 23. Sample reports Part 6: Illustrative case examples 24. Illustrated case summaries
Neil Nicoll is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, providing services for children with developmental delays and disorders, training programs for psychologists and paediatricians, and presentations at international conferences.