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.

Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-willi syndrome
JoyceWhittington, AnthonyHolland


Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is now recognized as a genetically determined complex neurodevelopmental syndrome with distinct characteristics that evolve during early development and result in the physical and behavioural phenotype of the syndrome. In this chapter we review some of the recent advances that have helped both to reframe the way we think about PWS and have also led to interventions and support strategies that can improve the lives of those with the syndrome and of their families. We briefly review the advances in our understanding of the PWS genotype and phenotype and then focus specifically on those areas of clinical research and practice that have advanced in the last 5–10 years. These include our understanding of the eating disorder, endocrinology, and ...

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