Children with Down Syndrome: A Developmental Perspective

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Dante Cicchetti, Marjorie Beeghly
Cambridge University Press, Mar 30, 1990 - Medical - 472 pages
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The underlying theme of this book is that children with Down syndrome, despite their constitutional anomalies and their additional medical problems, can be understood from a normative developmental framework. The contributions, all of which are based on the latest theories and research, demonstrate that the application of a developmental perspective to the study of young children with Down syndrome sheds light on the universality of ontogenetic sequences, stages, and structures, and highlights the respective roles of biological, perceptual-cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional factors in the developmental process. Finally, it is shown that the application of a developmental perspective will suggest age and stage-appropriate interventions for Down syndrome children and their families. This will be a suitable book for psychologists, psychiatrists, special education teachers, pediatricians, and other medical researchers interested in Down syndrome and mental retardation, as well as graduate students in these areas.
 

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Contents

Applying the developmental perspective to individuals with Down syndrome
1
An organizational approach to the study of Down syndrome contributions to an integrative theory of development
29
Temperament and Down syndrome
63
Interactions between parents and their infants with Down syndrome
101
Attention memory and perception in infants with Down syndrome a review and commentary
147
Sensorimotor development of infants with Down syndrome
180
The growth of selfmonitoring among young children with Down syndrome
231
Early conceptual development of children with Down syndrome
252
Language abilities in children with Down syndrome evidence for a specific syntactic delay
302
Beyond sensorimotor functioning early communicative and play development of children with Down syndrome
329
Peer relations of children with Down syndrome
369
Families of children with Down syndrome ecological contexts and characteristics
399
Early intervention from a developmental perspective
424
Name index
449
Subject index
463
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