Working Memory and Clinical Developmental Disorders: Theories, Debates and Interventions

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Tracy Packiam Alloway

  • Working Memory and Clinical Developmental Disorders

226 pages
ISBN: 9781138236509

This comprehensive volume brings together international experts involved in applying and developing understanding of Working Memory in the context of a variety of neurodevelopmental disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and depressive disorders.

Each chapter provides a description of the disorder and investigates the Working Memory and related Executive Function deficits. It goes on to provide a neurological profile, before exploring the impact of the disorder in daily functions, the current debates related to this disorder, and the potential effects of medication and intervention. Through combining coverage of theoretical understanding, methods of assessment, and different evidence-based intervention programs, the book supports clinical assessment and management of poor Working Memory.

It is essential reading for students in neurodevelopmental disorders, atypical development and developmental psychopathology as well as allied health professionals, clinicians and those working with children in education and healthcare settings.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Working Memory and intellectual disabilities

Chapter 3: Memory and language in children with SLI

Chapter 4: Working Memory and autism

Chapter 5: Working Memory & attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Chapter 6: Working Memory & Specific Learning Disorders: Reading

Chapter 7: Role of Working Memory in the language learning mechanism by ear, mouth, eye, and hand in individuals with and without Specific Learning Disabilities in written language

Chapter 8: Working Memory and Specific Learning Disability: Math

Chapter 9: Working Memory and low birth weight

Chapter 10: Developmental Coordination Disorder and Working Memory

Chapter 11: Working Memory in Down syndrome: Methodological considerations and intervention implications

Chapter 12: Working Memory and TBI

Chapter 13: Working Memory and youth depression

Epilogue: Working Memory and clinical development disorders: Theories, debates and interventions


"Alloway's new edition is exactly what we need - an antidote to books that focus on big ticket syndromes (autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome etc.) while neglecting the core processes that underlie them. Processes like working memory are fundamental, and variations in them affect far higher numbers of children than the 12% who meet the criteria for individual syndromes or spectrum disorders. This is a timely and thorough revision of a valuable guide to recognising and supporting working memory impairments. Highly recommended for clinicians and education professionals just as much as academics."
- Dr Magnus Cormack, Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Devon Integrated Children?s Services) & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer (University of Glasgow), UK

"Using a range of examples from clinical developmental disorders, this edited volume provides an excellent insight into the impact of working memory difficulties in daily life function, the current theoretical debates, and practical challenges for interventions and research. This combination of theory and implications for practice, written by experts in their respective fields, make this book a must-read for researchers, students, and practitioners interested in developmental disorders."
- Dr Jo Van Herwegen, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology, Kingston University London, UK