Genetics and Mental Retardation Syndromes: A New Look at Behavior and Interventions

Authors: Elisabeth M. Dykens Ph.D., Robert M. Hodapp Ph.D., Brenda M. Finucane M.S.

Format: Paperback, 336 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781557664716
Price: $39.95

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New genetic causes of mental retardation are being discovered at rapid rates—every day more people are diagnosed with specific syndromes. This comprehensive and timely guide identifies characteristics of people who have these syndromes to help you understand their behaviors and their needs, so you'll be able to provide better interventions and create wider community inclusion.

You'll get easy-to-read, detailed discussions of four major syndromes—Down, Williams, fragile X, and Prader-Willi—on genetic causes and implications, prevalence, basic physical characteristics, cognitive profiles, speech and language, medical complications, and behaviors. Research-based intervention strategies are explained to help you with education, personal relationships, employment, and residential issues. Five other, less researched syndromes—velocardiofacial, Rubinstein-Taybi, Angelman, Smith-Magenis, and 5p- (cri du chat) are also featured, giving you in-depth information you won't find elsewhere.


Review: Journal of Genetic Counseling
"The book is well organized and well written. . . . The intended audience of this work, as stated by the authors, are ';non-genetically trained workers: those behavioral scientists, practitioners and family members who desire to learn more about etiology-based behavioral findings and issues,' however, as a genetic counselor I found it thoroughly engrossing and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in any of the syndromes showcased."

Table of Contents

I. Introduction to Behavioral and Genetic Issues
  1. Toward Etiology-Based Work
  2. Applying the New Genetics
II. Genetic Disorders
  1. Down Syndrome
  2. Williams Syndrome
  3. Fragile X Syndrome
  4. Prader-Willi Syndrome
  5. Five Other Intriguing Syndromes
III. New Directions
  1. Next Steps for Research


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