1st Edition

Working Memory and Clinical Developmental Disorders Theories, Debates and Interventions

Edited By Tracy Packiam Alloway Copyright 2018
    226 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    226 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This comprehensive volume brings together international experts involved in applying and developing understanding of Working Memory in the context of a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and depressive disorders.

    Each chapter provides a description of the disorder and investigates the Working Memory and related Executive Function deficits. It goes on to provide a neurological profile, before exploring the impact of the disorder in daily functions, the current debates related to this disorder, and the potential effects of medication and intervention. Through combining coverage of theoretical understanding, methods of assessment, and different evidence-based intervention programs, the book supports clinical assessment and management of poor Working Memory.

    It is essential reading for students in neurodevelopmental disorders, atypical development and developmental psychopathology as well as allied health professionals, clinicians and those working with children in education and healthcare settings.

    List of contributors

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: Working Memory and intellectual disabilities

    Chapter 3: Memory and language in children with SLI

    Chapter 4: Working Memory and autism

    Chapter 5: Working Memory & attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

    Chapter 6: Working Memory & Specific Learning Disorders: Reading

    Chapter 7: Role of Working Memory in the language learning mechanism by ear, mouth, eye, and hand in individuals with and without Specific Learning Disabilities in written language

    Chapter 8: Working Memory and Specific Learning Disability: Math

    Chapter 9: Working Memory and low birth weight

    Chapter 10: Developmental Coordination Disorder and Working Memory

    Chapter 11: Working Memory in Down syndrome: Methodological considerations and intervention implications

    Chapter 12: Working Memory and TBI

    Chapter 13: Working Memory and youth depression

    Epilogue: Working Memory and clinical development disorders: Theories, debates and interventions



    Tracy Packiam Alloway is Professor of Psychology at University of North Florida. She has spent over a decade being part of cutting-edge research on the importance of Working Memory in education and has published over 100 research articles and book chapters. Her research has appeared in over 250 news articles, and she has been invited to comment on television and radio as an expert on Working Memory.

    'Alloway’s new edition is exactly what we need – an antidote to books that focus on big ticket syndromes (autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome etc.) while neglecting the core processes that underlie them. Processes like working memory are fundamental, and variations in them affect far higher numbers of children than the 1–2% who meet the criteria for individual syndromes or spectrum disorders. This is a timely and thorough revision of a valuable guide to recognising and supporting working memory impairments. Highly recommended for clinicians and education professionals just as much as academics.'

    Dr Magnus Cormack, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Devon Integrated Children’s Services) & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (University of Glasgow), UK

    'Using a range of examples from clinical developmental disorders, this edited volume provides an excellent insight into the impact of working memory difficulties in daily life function, the current theoretical debates, and practical challenges for interventions and research. This combination of theory and implications for practice, written by experts in their respective fields, make this book a must-read for researchers, students, and practitioners interested in developmental disorders.'

    Dr Jo Van Herwegen, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, Kingston University London, UK