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Developmental Neuropsychology

A Clinical Approach, 2nd Edition

By Vicki Anderson, Elisabeth Northam, Jacquie Wrennall


576 pages | 190 B/W Illus.

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This fully updated edition of Developmental Neuropsychology: A Clinical Approach addresses key issues in child neuropsychology with a unique emphasis on evidence-informed 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 paediatric conditions. The authors focus on a number of areas. First, the text examines the natural history of childhood central nervous system (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. Third, 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. Finally, principles of evidence-based assessment, diagnosis and intervention are discussed.

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 educational and rehabilitation contexts. The text is also an important reference for those working in paediatric research.


"Using an interdisciplinary and holistic approach towards developmental neuropsychology, the authors provide an excellent overview of the causes, treatment, and clinical management of paediatric conditions and relay some of the myths about early brain injury in children. This book will be of interest to clinicians, psychologists, and post-graduate students with a background in neuropsychology and an interest in clinical practice." - Jo Van Herwegen, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, Kingston University London

"This very sophisticated yet highly accessible book is a must-have for academics, clinicians and educators working in the field of paediatric neuropsychology. It provides extensive, up-to-date research coverage of a wide range of neurological-based disorders within the context of current models that emphasise the interaction of ‘risk’ and ‘resilience’ factors that determine long-term outcome. Equally well-covered are clinical aspects of neurological disorders; the authors rightly emphasise not just cognitive-based formulations, assessment and interventions, but also give due weight to psychosocial and family aspects. Case studies provide effective illustrations of good clinical practice." - Valerie Muter, Consultant Paediatric Neuropsychologist and Honorary Research Associate in Neurosciences at University College London

"This completely updated and extended edition of Developmental Neuropsychology provides a unique resource of empirical evidence on normal and abnormal child brain development, assessment and intervention. The volume offers a comprehensive overview of the neuropsychological sequels of pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders and brain insults, framed within the necessary background information on defining characteristics, epidemiology, aetiology, and pathophysiology, and implications for assessment and intervention." - Jaap Oosterlaan, Professor of Pediatric Neuropsychology, Emma Children's Hospital AMC, VU Medical Center, and Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands

Table of Contents

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Part 1: Defining the neurodevelopmental dimension

Ch 1: Child neuropsychology: Theory and practice

Ch 2: The Developing Brain

Ch 3: Cognitive and social development

Ch 4: Recovery from early brain insult

Part 2: Childhood brain disorders

Ch 5: Genetic and metabolic brain disorders

Ch 6: Structural disorders of the brain

Ch 7: Perinatal brain insults

Ch 8: Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Ch 9: Childhood traumatic brain injury

Ch 10: Childhood epilepsy

Part 3: Child neuropsychological practice

Ch 11: Child neuropsychological practice: Assessment

Ch 12: Interventions for children with brain disorders

About the Authors

Professor Vicki Anderson is a paediatric neuropsychologist with over 30 years' experience. In 2002 she was appointed Director of Psychology at the Royal Children's Hospital, and in 2005 she took up the position of Theme Director, Critical Care and Neurosciences Research at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She is an NHMRC Senior Practitioner Fellow, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, the Australian Psychological Society and the Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment

Elisabeth Norman is an honorary member of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Dr Jacquiline Wrennall is a member of the Psychology Service at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and an honorary member of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

About the Series

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

From being an area primarily on the periphery of mainstream behavioural and cognitive science, neuropsychology has developed in recent years into an area of central concern for a range of disciplines.

We are witnessing not only a revolution in the way in which brain-behaviour-cognition relationships are viewed, but also a widening of interest concerning developments in neuropsychology on the part of a range of workers in a variety of fields.

Major advances in brain-imaging techniques and the cognitive modelling of the impairments following brain injury promise a wider understanding of the nature of the representation of cognition and behaviour in the damaged and undamaged brain.

Neuropsychology is now centrally important for those working with brain-damaged people, but the very rate of expansion in the area makes it difficult to keep with findings from the current research.

The aim of the Brain, Behaviour and Cognition series is to publish a wide range of books that present comprehensive and up-to-date overviews of current developments in specific areas of interest.

These books will be of particular interest to those working with the brain-damaged. It is the editors' intention that undergraduates, postgraduates, clinicians and researchers in psychology, speech pathology, and medicine will find this series a useful source of information on important current developments.

The authors and editors of the books in the series are experts in their respective fields, working at the forefront of contemporary research. They have produced texts that are accessible and scholarly. We thank them for their contribution and their hard work in fulfilling the aims of the series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology