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Basics of Child Neuropsychology
A Primer for Educators and Clinicians




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ISBN 9781462550395
Published December 5, 2022 by Guilford Press
246 Pages

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Book Description

Written expressly for non-neuropsychologists, this book offers a concise, friendly introduction to the developing brain and its functions. Stephen R. Hooper renders complex concepts accessible as he describes the structure of the brain and the workings of the nervous system. The book explains how findings from neuropsychological assessments can help educators and clinicians to better understand and remediate children's difficulties. A range of neurodevelopmental and medical conditions that affect learning and behavior from early childhood through adolescence are explored through a neuropsychological lens. Helpful features include key Take-Home Points distilled from the chapters and recommended print and online resources.

Table of Contents

Foreword, George W. Hynd
I. Foundations
1. Historical Foundations: How Did Neuropsychology Evolve?
2. The Field of (Child) Neuropsychology: What Is It?
Take-Home Points and Resources for Part I
II. Development, Structure, and Associated Functions of the Central Nervous System
3. Brain Development 101
4. Brain Structure and Associated Functions
Take-Home Points and Resources for Part II
III. Neurodiagnostic Procedures and Interventions
5. Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment
6. The Pediatric Neurological Examination and Associated Neurodiagnostic Procedures
7. Evidence-Based Interventions
Take-Home Points and Resources for Part III
IV. Childhood Disorders: Briefs
8. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
9. Neuropsychiatric Disorders
10. Genetic and Chromosomal Disorders
11. Neurological Disorders
Take-Home Points and Resources for Part IV
V. Epilogue
12. What Can I Expect Next?
References
Index

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Biography

Stephen R. Hooper, PhD, is Associate Dean of Medicine, Chairperson of the Department of Health Sciences, a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is also Clinical Professor in the School of Education and a Fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Hooper is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of child neuropsychology and is widely published in the areas of neurodevelopmental disorders, genetic disorders, neuropsychiatric disorders, interventions, and related neurodevelopmental issues in children and adolescents. He is the author of 16 textbooks and the original developer of the Traumatic Brain Injury Online Curriculum for school psychologists and other educators in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Dr. Hooper serves on numerous journal editorial advisory boards and he reviews regularly for major journals in the fields of child neuropsychology, school psychology, clinical psychology, developmental disabilities, pediatrics, and child psychiatry.

Reviews

​"Will become the standard go-to text for those seeking a basic understanding of children and adolescents who experience neurologically based challenges. This book provides an easy-to-follow primer on how the brain works, develops, and is affected by different types of damage, as well as how to address such challenges through effective assessment and evidence-based practices. It is a 'must-have' resource for teachers, clinicians, and allied health personnel, and a text that all special education teachers and those preparing to teach should count among their most valuable tools."--Steve Graham, EdD, Regents and Warner Professor, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University

"This book offers an easily accessible, straightforward overview of the rapidly developing field of child neuropsychology, and shows how to use insights from the field in work with children and their families. Clear, insightful and comprehensive, the book interweaves science and practice for a wide range of professionals who may not have in-depth knowledge of biology and neuroscience. It provides the reader a solid framework for understanding the connections between case conceptualization and intervention for children with neurologically based challenges. Hooper is wonderfully skilled at conveying sophisticated concepts in a very relatable manner! I envision this book being used in graduate-level courses in clinical psychology, school psychology, social work, and counseling."--Kevin M. Antshel, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, Syracuse University

"One cannot imagine a more well qualified author than Stephen Hooper as the author of this quite extraordinary book. His clinical work and highly regarded research have contributed to and informed those in the professions of education, pediatrics, psychiatry, and most certainly child neuropsychology. This book presents a clear and coherent picture of child neuropsychology today--particularly for those with little knowledge of this complex field--and is a singular contribution to those who desire to better understand what we know about brain and behavior in children."--from the Foreword by George W. Hynd, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia

"Most books that discuss brain development and brainbehavior relationships are intimidating to non-neuropsychologists--this one is not. Hooper succinctly explains how a basic understanding of brain functioning and behavior can enhance knowledge of children's brain-related strengths and weaknesses, improve communication among various child practitioners, and result in more comprehensive treatment approaches. Chapters describe the basic tenets of neuropsychological assessment, the most common childhood disorders and disabilities, and the implementation of educational, behavioral, and medical interventions. Hooper has certainly accomplished his goal of creating a comprehensive text to enhance fundamental knowledge of child neuropsychology."--Nancy Mather, PhD, Professor Emerita of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies, University of Arizona

"This superb work extends well beyond childhood exceptionalities to address an impressive breadth of topics, including essential elements of history, neuroanatomy, child development, normal versus abnormal brain function, assessment techniques and approaches, and evidence-based interventions. Hooper presents complex information in an especially meaningful manner. The topics are well chosen, thoughtfully sequenced, and treated in appropriate detail, which renders scaffolded content that is easily understood and integrated. Learning is enhanced by the book's masterful combination of advance organizers, questions, reminders, summarizing key points, and additional online and print resources. Truly an outstanding and rewarding read!"--Bruce A. Bracken, PhD, School of Education (Emeritus), The College of William and Mary-