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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.

Acquired Brain Injury during Childhood
Acquired brain injury during childhood
AnnaMandalis, FrankMuscara, VickiAnderson
Introduction

Acquired brain injury (ABI) is the most common cause of disability in childhood. There is a growing body of literature investigating the impact, recovery and outcomes of ABI during childhood, although there is relatively little data in this area compared to the adult literature. The developmental context of a brain injury during childhood and adolescence increases the complexity of prognosis and recovery following the insult, due to compromised integrity of existing skills and functions, and to disruption of the natural developmental process.

An ABI can be caused by any force, disease, or event, either internal or external, which impacts on the integrity of the brain. Depending on the mechanism of injury, the damage to the ...

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