Developmental Disorders: A Neuropsychological Approach, is specifically designed to increase understanding of disabled children and their handicaps, thereby providing a sound basis for educating, treating, and living with them. It covers disabilities that are due to some malfunction in the brain and nervous system. Freides argues that an understanding of the workings of the nervous system, both its competencies and its failings, and the impact of the environment, is fundamental to the design of successful interventions.
The book is both an introduction to the study of the brain as well as to developmental disorders. It will be helpful to college and graduate students in Psychology and Neuroscience, to professionals training to treat children with developmental disorders, to professionals working with such children whose training did not include study of brain function, and to the families and carers of these children.
Part I: Orientation to the Way the Brain Functions:.
1. Introduction: Some General Principles.
2. Neurons: Building Blocks of the Nervous System.
3. The Development and Structure of the Brain.
4. Operational Characteristics of Neural Systems.
5. How the Brain Functions.
6. Constitutional Vulnerabilities during Development.
7. Psychopathology Inducing Experience and Handicap Dynamics.
Part II: Disorders of State: .
8. Ictal Disorders: Epilepsy, Seizures, and Related Disorders.
9. Disorders of Sleep and Arousal.
10. Attention and its Disorders.
Part III: Disorders of Specific Modalities: .
11. Disorders of the Motor System.
12. The Visual System and its Disorders.
13. Hearing, Language, and their Disorders.
Part IV: Disorders Involving Several Modalities: .
14. Academic and Social Learning Disabilities.
15. Childhood Psychoses.
16. Acquired Brain Damage.
17. Mental Retardation.