Many disabilities affecting children are caused by malfunctions in the brain or nervous system. David Freides introduces students to the study of these malfunctions, assuming no prior knowledge of neuropsychology.
"David Freides has provided an extensive, well-organised and
well-written textbook in the field of developmental disorders ...
the author has, to a large extent, succeeded in providing an
informative textbook, given the aim and premises he outlines in the
introduction." Bjente Gjaerum, Oslo, European Child &
Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol. 11, 2002
"A particular strength of this text is Freides's teaching style.
He is careful to define terms for the reader, to illustrate the
source of these terms, and then, typically, provide a behavioral
example of what is being discussed ... He is also very careful to
present both the strengths and weaknesses of different
conceptualizations of the putative causes of many of the behavioral
problems presented by children with diverse disabilities ... As an
introductory text, this work should attract a wide audience."
Eileen B. Fennell, University of Florida, APA Review of Books,
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
Part II: Disorders of State: .
8. Ictal Disorders: Epilepsy, Seizures, and Related
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.