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.
"...it is absolutely fascinating...this is a book that will be of value and interest to everybody concerned with this group of people." Janet Carr, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry "...this excellent and comprehensive compilation of research, much of it basic research, will be of great value to those who wish to advance a developmental perspective for children with Down Syndrome." John E. Rynders and J. Sophie Thayer, Mental Retardation