Psychological research on children with mental and physical handicaps began two hundred years ago. Its major development awaited the maturation of psychology as an empirical science and of social movements for child welfare and education. This book is a record of the research accomplished in the 1980s. While at the end of the 19th century, behavioral research on handicapped children could at best be characterized as pioneering; by the beginning of the 1990s, it had become a vigorous activity with scientists producing hundreds of articles a year. The result has been a level of detail in theory and factual support that was not previously available.
This volume is written for those who know something about psychology and education, but who are unfamiliar with research on children with handicaps. This might include parents of children with handicaps, upper-level undergraduate and graduate students looking for research topics, and professionals in developmental psychology and the education of normal children who wish to familiarize themselves with the recent developments in the study of deviations in behavioral development.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction. Categories and Prevalence. Causes of Developmental Disorders. Identification and Diagnosis. Sensorimotor Processes. Attention, Learning, and Memory. Intelligence, Play, and Language. Motivation and Personality. Social Interactions. Educational Programs and Treatment Methods. Life in Adulthood.
"This excellent volume will be of immense value to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and adults who want a concise overview of the behavioral research on children with mental and physical handicaps....There is also an excellent discussion of educational programs and treatment methods....This well-researched, well-written book will be an asset to school and home libraries. I recommend it highly."
—Science Books & Films
"A book that works particularly well as a general reference or research tool. Berkson's writing is clear and pleasant to read....Recommended for undergraduate and graduate students and researchers."
"I cannot imagine that anyone doing research or working with children who have handicaps and are interested as well in their adjustment as adults will not take this book frequently from its shelf....We should be pleased and he proud that we have this substantial contribution to crown a lifetime dedicated to children with handicaps."
—American Journal of Mental Retardation
"The very wide range of topics covered affords the reader the chance to become acquainted with the impact of handicapping conditions on aspects of children's lives....the book takes a rather humane and sophisticated approach to understanding children who face handicaps and the research published on this population....the book is written for persons who have some training in psychology but know little about current research on children with handicaps."