Early Development Risk and Disability: Relational Contexts: Relational Contexts : 9781741031584

Early Development Risk and Disability: Relational Contexts: Relational Contexts

Talay-Ongan, Ayshe
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Pearson Australia
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Early Development Risk and Disability is an Australian text for students of early childhood and allied disciplines who provide eduational or support services to young children with a difference or a disability, and their families. Focusing on developmental difference, it equips students and professionals with the knowledge to work effectively in inclusive settings.

An emphasis upon the nurturing relational contexts is maintained throughout the book and the author advocates inclusion and collaboration as best practice in early intervention.

Table of contents

1. Setting the Stage: Premises, Frameworks, Methods
Major questions in child development
Early intervention: nurture leading nature
Major theoretical frameworks in child development
Research methods: Tools of understanding child development

2. Development and Intervention in Social and Relational Contexts
Family as a social system
Promoting resilience in children
Promoting empowerment for families
Culturally sensitive early education and intervention

3. Biological Roots: Genetics,  and the Developing Brain
Biological building blocks: heredity and genetics
The developing brain: neuroscience and early childhood
Brain functions unique to early childhood
Other early neural mechanisms

4. Prenatal Development and Risk, and the Newborn
Normal prenatal development
Labor, delivery and the newborn
Perinatal complications and risk factors
Prematurely born infants
Parents' adaptation to the newborn
Newborn characteristics and competencies

5. Socioeconomic and Familial Risk, Developmental Psychopathology
Socioeconomic risk
Familial risk
Attachment theory
Violence against children: Child maltreatment
Developmental psychopathologies

6. Language and Communication: Development and Disorders
Definitions and domains
Frameworks in language development and disorders
Communication and language development
Assessment of basic parameters
Speech and language disorders
Intervention strategies

7. Learning Disabilities, Literacy, and Attention Disorders
Information processing approach
Memory and development
Learning disabilities
Young children and special literacy learning needs
Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder
Assessment and management

8. Cognitive development and disabilities, and pervasive developmental disorders
Cognitive development: Constructivist views
Psychometric approach
Alternative views
Definitions and developmental contexts
Some syndromes associated with MR
Autism and pervasive developmental disorders
Evaluation and intervention
9. Gifted and talented children
Historical perspectives and definitions
Development and giftedness
Educational responsiveness to giftedness
Assessment of characteristics
Giftedness, disadvantage and disability 

10. Perceptual impairments
Hearing impairment and deafness
Language, hearing and learning development
Visual impairment and blindness
Development and visual impairment
Intervention and facilitation
Glossary of terms in visual impairment

11. Neurogenic impairment and chronic illness
Cerebral palsy
Seizure disorders
Spina bifida
Traumatic head injury
Chronic childhood illnesses

12. Current best practice in early intervention: Families, inclusion, communities
Early intervention: What works?
Incorporating different perspectives
Family-centered community-based care
Service delivery
Learning and teaching
Challenges for early childhood teachers
Features & benefits
  • The book reflects the multidisciplinary team approach of supporting young children with additional needs and their families.
  • Draws not only from the field of developmental psychology but also from other disciplines such as social psychology, early childhood education, developmental disabilities, speech and language pathology, developmental neuropsychology, paediatrics and early intervention to offer students a fresh perspective.
  • Information on all aspects of child development, difference, and disability or exceptionality
  • Exposes students to the type of common language they can expect for  persons involved in care, treatment, education or welfare of young children.
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