Reflecting the enormous changes that have taken place in our knowledge and understanding of developmental disorders, this groundbreaking international volume brings this vast and complex field together for the first time. The editors have collected together the world’s leading academic scholars and clinicians, to explore how current research across a range of different disciplines can inform academic knowledge and clinical practice and help to improve the lives of individuals and their families.The SAGE Handbook of Developmental Disorders is a central reference in the field for all academics, researchers, clinicians and advanced students involved in the study of developmental disorders, including those in clinical psychology, child psychiatry, child mental health, child genetics and pediatrics, speech language pathology, and developmental disabilities and special education.

Intellectual Disability: Lifetime Course and Strategies for Intervention

Intellectual Disability: Lifetime Course and Strategies for Intervention

Intellectual disability: Lifetime course and strategies for intervention
JaneMcCarthy, NickBouras


People with non-specific intellectual disability are identified as a group with impairment of intellectual and adaptive function for which no identifiable genetic or chromosomal or environmental cause has been found. Progress in diagnosis and identification of new disorders will mean many more people with non-specific intellectual disability will receive a genetic diagnosis in the future. Therefore, this is a heterogeneous group and so the lifetime trajectories vary considerably, depending to some extent on the severity of the impairment of intellectual and social functioning.

The term intellectual disability as used in this chapter is synonymous with mental retardation, learning disability, intellectual disabilities and developmental disability. The International Classification of Diseases 10 ...

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