1st Edition

Understanding Intellectual Disability A Guide for Professionals and Parents

Edited By Margherita Orsolini, Ciro Ruggerini Copyright 2023
    264 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Understanding Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Professionals and Parents supports professionals and parents in understanding critical concepts, correct assessment procedures, delicate and science-infused communication practices and treatment methods concerning children with intellectual disabilities.

    From a professional perspective, this book relies on developmental neuropsychology and psychiatry to describe relevant measures and qualitative observations when making a diagnosis and explores the importance of involving parents in the reconstruction of a child’s developmental history. From a parent’s perspective, the book shows how enriched environments can empower children’s learning processes, and how working with patients, families, and organizations providing care and treatment services can be effectively integrated with attachment theory. Throughout seven chapters, the book offers an exploration of diagnostic procedures, new insights on the concept of intelligence and the role of communication and secure attachment in the mind’s construction. With expertise from noteworthy scholars in the field, the reader is given an overview of in-depth assessment and intervention practices illustrated by several case studies and examples, as well as a lifespan perspective from a Human Rights Model of disability.

    Understanding Intellectual Disability is an accessible guide offering an up-to-date vision of intellectual disability and is essential for psychologists, health care professionals, special educators, students in clinical psychology, and parents.

    Things are connected through invisible bonds: you cannot pluck a flower without unsettling a star.

    Galileo Galilei

    1. A Rose is a Rose but what is Intellectual Disability? 

    Ciro Ruggerini and Antonina Pellegrino 

    2. Is Intelligence a General Mental Capacity? 

    Margherita Orsolini, Francesca Federico and Sergio Melogno 

    3. Assessments of Children with Developmental Delays and Intellectual Disability 

    Margherita Orsolini, Sara Conforti, Sergio Melogno 

    4. Intervention to Empower Children’s Learning

    Margherita Orsolini and Sergio Melogno 

    5. Attachment and Intellectual Disability: Promoting Secure Attachment in Relationships 

    Furio Lambruschi, Ciro Ruggerini, and Melvin Piro 

    6. Not Just Telling: Narratives and the Construction of Shared Understanding in Interaction  

    Marilena Fatigante, Samantha Salomone, Margherita Orsolini

    7. Personal Identity, Desire, Life Project

    Ciro Ruggerini, Stefania Musci, Aldo Moretti


    Margherita Orsolini is a Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology. She was the Director of the Centre for the Learning Disabilities in the Department of Developmental and Social Psychology at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

    Ciro Ruggerini is a specialist in Child Neuropsychiatry and Psychiatry and a psychotherapist. He is the past president of the Italian Society of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and was the Coordinator of the Section of Neuropsychology of the Italian Society of Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry from 2008 to 2011.