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Environmental Hazards and Neurodevelopment
Where Ecology and Well-Being Connect

Edited By

Cindy Croft

ISBN 9781774633700
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
378 Pages 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

The rate of identification of children with neurobiological disabilities has been on the increase in recent years. Millions of dollars in research are being spent to understand the factors influencing these increases. The articles within this compendium shed vital light on this issue, confirming that various "ordinary" chemical hazards—of the sort encountered by countless children in their everyday lives—are having serious impacts on development. This volume investigates the impact of exposure to tobacco smoke, household chemicals, lead, agricultural toxins, and flame retardants.

Table of Contents


America's Children and the Environment: Neurodevelopmental

Strategy for Comparing the Contributions of Environmental Chemicals and Other Risk Factors to Neurodevelopment of Children

Decoding Neurodevelopment: Findings on Environmental Exposures and Synaptic Plasticity

Seven-Year Neurodevelopmental Scores and Prenatal Exposure to Chlorpyrifos, a Common Agricultural Pesticide

Fetal and Neonatal Endocrine Disruptors


A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

A Key Role for an Impaired Detoxification Mechanism in the Etiology and Severity of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Assessment of Infantile Mineral Imbalances in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

Urinary Porphyrin Excretion in Neurotypical and Autistic Children

Lymphocytes from a Population of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Unaffected Siblings Exhibit Hypersensitivity to Thimerosal


Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Focused Overview for Children’s Environmental Health Researchers

Urinary Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Metabolites and Attention/Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disability, and Special Education in U.S. Children Aged 6 To 15

Serum Perfluorinated Compound Concentration and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Children 5–18 Years of Age

In Utero and Childhood Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Exposures and Neurodevelopment in the CHAMACOS Study.


Taking Action on Developmental Toxicity: Scientists’ Duties to Protect Children

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Edited by

Cindy Croft, MA, is director of the Center for Inclusive Child Care at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota and in the early childhood program at Concordia University. She has authored two books, The Six Keys: Promoting Children’s Mental Health and Children and Challenging Behavior: Making Inclusion Work and she provides training and consultation to educators of children with various disabilities. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Early Childhood and School-Age Trainers Association, the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health, and the Minnesota Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Division.