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.

Down Syndrome: Lifetime Course and Strategies for Intervention

Down Syndrome: Lifetime Course and Strategies for Intervention

Down syndrome: Lifetime course and strategies for intervention

The last 60 years have seen significant changes – educational, medical and social – in the lives of people with Down syndrome. In parallel with these changes has been the increase in life expectancy, from 12 years in 1929 (Penrose & Smith, 1966) to approaching 60 (Glasson et al., 2002). Longevity, too, has risen, with people over the age of 60 now ‘not exceptional’ (Dupont, 1986). Over 30 years ago the oldest person who could be traced at that time was aged 73 (Carr, 1975) while more recently people aged 74, 75 and 86 have been reported as ‘leading healthy lives with no apparent evidence of impairment or deterioration’ ...

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