Issues in the Developmental Approach to Mental Retardation


Issues in the Developmental Approach to Mental Retardation

Issues in the Developmental Approach to Mental Retardation is one of the first books exclusively devoted to applying the theories, findings and approaches used in work with nonretarded children to several types of retarded individuals. It defines the developmental approach and explores theoretical issues as they relate to retarded populations. Problems involving similar sequences of development, cross-domain relations, the environment, and motivation are all discussed, as is the importance of separating the various etiological groups for research and intervention purposes. This book will be of interest to professionals in the fields of psychology, mental retardation and atypical development. It is also suitable for upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses in mental retardation, developmental psychology and developmental disabilities.


 Reviews:

"...a solid book that has capsulized the significance of the developmental perspective and how data from the development of individuals without mental retardation can be used to guide work with the mentally retarded population. This feature of the book is further enchanced by a perspective that shows how research from children with mental retardation can also enrich developmental theory. This is a book of only strengths!" Mental Retardation

"...this book is directed primarily at researchers in the field of mental retardation and secondarily at those interested in normal development. Both of these groups should read this book....After reading it, I am even more convinced that developmental theory will both benefit persons with mental retardation and learn from them." James V. Kahn, American Journal of Mental Retardation

"Before reading this volume, I believed that developmental psychologists could learn a great deal from the study of persons with mental retardation and that the field of mental retardation could learn a great deal from the study of development. After reading it, I am even more convinced that developmental theory will both benefit persons with mental retardation and learn from them." American Journal of Mental Retardation

"...the editors achieve their purpose with a text that is must reading for graduate students and professionals in developmental psychology and special education who are willing to 'get their hands in the dirt' of scholarly efforts toward an explanation of the nature of mental retardation." Contemporary Psychology

"There are few books in the literature of mental retardation that I consider to be of landmark status. This is one of them" Harvey N. Switzsky, American Journal of Mental Retardation

"...this book is directed primarily at researchers in the field of mental retardation and secondarily at those interested in normal development. Both of these groups should read this book....After reading it, I am even more convinced that developmental theory will both benefit persons with mental retardation and learn from them." James V. Kahn, American Journal of Mental Retardation

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