Interest in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders has grown exponentially in recent years across a range of disciplines, including psychology, psychiatry, education and neuroscience. The research itself has become more sophisticated, using multidisciplinary methods to probe interdisciplinary questions. Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Research Challenges and Solutions provides a thorough overview of the key issues involved in researching neurodevelopmental disorders. The volume includes 14 chapters, arranged over three sections. Chapters in the first section address general research challenges for the study of neurodevelopmental disorders. The second section draws upon specific disorders (such as Williams syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, ADHD, and Language Disorders) to consider the syndrome-specific issues or challenges that may be crucial to advancing our understanding of aspects of cognition and behavior associated with them. The final section considers how research evidence may be translated into practice to begin making an impact upon the lives of individuals who have neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.
Each chapter in the book also includes 'practical tips' for either conducting research with individuals who have neurodevelopmental disorders or considering wider practical issues. The book will be indispensable reading for advanced students, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of developmental psychology, developmental psychopathology, special needs education, neuropsychology, and neurodevelopmental disorders.
SECTION ONE: General Research Challenges 1. Neurodevelopmental disorders: definitions and issues, Jo Van Herwegen, Deborah Riby & Emily K. Farran 2. Why development matters in neurodevelopmental disorders, George Ball & Annette Karmiloff-Smith 3. Making use of brain - behaviour links, Brian W. Haas 4. Researching the brain in neurodevelopmental disorders, Sarah Lloyd-Fox 5. Causal modelling of developmental disorders: insights from animal and computational models of Specific Language Impairment, Themis Karaminis 6. ACORNS: a tool for visual modeling of causes and outcomes in neurodevelopmental disorders, Derek G. Moore & Rachel George SECTION TWO: Disorders and their Challenges for Researchers 7. Variability in neurodevelopmental disorders: Evidence from Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tony Charman 8. Different profiles of development: evidence from children with primary language impairment, Victoria Knowland & Nicola Botting 9. Comorbidity in neurodevelopmental disorders: evidence from ADHD, Sinead Rhodes 10. Genetic disorders as models of high neurocognitive risk: Evidence from fragile X syndrome Brianna Doherty, Andria Shimi & Gaia Scerif 11. Experimental difficulties in neurodevelopmental disorders: evidence from Down Syndrome, Harry Purser 12. Eye tracking and neurodevelopmental disorders: evidence from cross-syndrome comparisons, Mary Hanley SECTION THREE: Applied issues in neurodevelopmental disorders 13. Uses of new technologies by young people with neurodevelopmental disorders: Motivations, processes and cognition, Sue Fletcher-Watson & Kevin Durkin 14. Anxiety in neurodevelopmental disorders: Phenomenology, assessment and intervention, Victoria Grahame & Jacqui Rodgers