A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780729540896, 9780729583114

A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics

1st Edition

Authors: Sandra Johnson
Paperback ISBN: 9780729540896
eBook ISBN: 9780729583114
eBook ISBN: 9780729580892
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone Australia
Published Date: 13th July 2012
Page Count: 320

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This handbook offers a succinct study of Childhood Development Paediatrics with practical applications for helping the child and family through all areas of the developmental process.

The book covers diverse topics like developmental delay, learning difficulties, attention deficit disorders, autism, Asperger syndrome, behaviour difficulties, language disorders, school refusal, bullying, emotional difficulties, neurological impairments that affect development (examples being cerebral palsy and brain injury) and motor coordination problems.

It also offers online case scenarios on autism, ADHD, school refusal and truancy, cerebral palsy and child abuse and neglect. The cases are followed by questions to test the acquired knowledge of the student on these topics.

This practical guide to child development is ideal for trainee paediatricians, registrars, paediatricians and general practitioners.

Key Features

  • Seven expert contributors with extensive experience in child development enhance the clinical knowledge base conveyed in this handbook
  • Deals with developmental issues unlike comprehensive paediatric or child psychiatry texts
  • Concise format providing practical tips
  • Clinically and practically orientated (e.g. history, physical examination, assessment techniques)
  • Comparison of normal and abnormal/normal development
  • Definitions (Chapters.8,11,12) to clarify terms
  • Several chapters (e.g. Chapters 8,9,10) inform about special problems/illnesses, which are increasing in incidence
  • Online case scenarios on autism, ADHD, school refusal and truancy, cerebral palsy and child abuse and neglect are available on Student Consult
  • Combines physical and psychological problems in the development of children, which might be already present at birth (Cerebral Palsy) or which might be apparent later in life (Chapter 8)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Normal development

Chapter 2: Developmental assessment in the young child

Chapter 3: Motor and Coordination problems

Chapter 4: Vision and Hearing Loss

Chapter 5: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Chapter 6: Specific Learning Disorders

Chapter 7: Language Disorders

Chapter 8: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chapter 9: Behaviour difficulties

Chapter 10: School Refusal and Truancy

Chapter 11: Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Chapter 12: Cerebral Palsy

Chapter 13: Developmental and Intellectual Disability

Chapter 14: Child Abuse and Neglect

Chapter 15: Legal Issues related to Child Development


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About the Author

Sandra Johnson

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Senior Lecturer Discipline of Paediatrics And Child Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney. Consultant Developmental Paediatrician, Child Development Paediatrics Private Practice, Pennant Hills, Sydney.


"The publication of Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics represents an extraoridnary effort to c onsolidate the normal and abnormal development of children with practical applications for helping the child and family through all areas of the developmental process...This book will be a very useful resource across the world including resour e poor setting, among edical doctors including trainees and general practitioners, among paediatricians especially general paediatricians and paediatric neurologists."

Journal of the European Paediatric Neurology Society, January 2014

"A sound understanding of the basis and practice of the normally developing child is key to the management of children. Traditional training programmes in paediatrics are largely hospital based and by necessity focus primarily on the life threatening medical disorders. Less exposure is received by trainees in the disciplines spanning the diagnosis and management of chronic disabling illness.
In A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics, Dr Johnson has rallied a group of professionals who are experts in their field and who have collectively covered the important general principles of the developmental paediatrics as well as giving more in depth approaches to some of the key developmental disabilities.
This book is an excellent overview of the discipline of developmental paediatrics. It is presented in an accessible format using succinct text interspersed with summary points and tables allowing easy access to the core information in each chapter. Extensive reference lists at the end of each chapter guide the interested reader in relevant literature should they need to explore a particular topic in more detail. The online case-based learning tool is an powerful addition to the book as a training tool. The content is relevant across first-world as well as resource limited contexts. I would strongly recommend this book as a reference for Paediatricians and trainees across the world.
" - Dr Kirsty Donald, Division of Developmental Paediatrics (Head of Department, Developmental Paediatrics), Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and University of Cape Town, South Africa

"In A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics Sandra Johnson has produced an invaluable companion for trainee and experienced paediatricians alike. This practical book, clearly written with expert input, is concise, attractive and easy to handle. The "practice points" offer gems of wisdom from experienced clinicians – advice on diagnosis, management and referral of the type not readily available elsewhere! An enjoyable read and essential for all interested in child development." - Professor Elizabeth Elliott, Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead, NSW, Australia

"I have read Sandra Johnson's handbook and found it to be quite outstanding, it is the ideal reference for any Paeditrician, particularly for those contemplating work in general Paediatrics or community settings. The clear layout and helpful tips make it very easy reading and an excellent reference book.
I would strongly advise this be used by Paediatricians and even trainees from the very outset of their training. It is a beautifully balanced book reflecting the authors practice and experience and one I found inspiring. Sandra Johnson is obviously a person who is deeply committed to her vocation and this is reflected in this book.
" Professor Simon Clarke, Clinical Associate Professor, Paediatrics and Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead, Director Adolescent Medicine, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW, Australia.

"This is a well written and accessible book which addresses the assessment and management of developmental problems in children. It is written in a style that is both comprehensive and very user friendly - the layout is clear, the content succinct yet comprehensive, and there are at the end of each chapter suggestions for further reading and useful websites.  This handbook is grounded in evidence and experience, with the content extensively referenced and numerous ‘practice points’ informed by the author’s vast clinical experience.  This book is likely  be a very useful resource for practising and trainee paediatricians, interested general practitioners, and other professionals whose work involved developmental conditions. It is highly recommended." Professor Frank Oberklaid, Director, Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne, University of Melbourne, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, VIC, Australia.

"Sandra Johnson, a highly experienced developmental paediatrician and teacher based in Sydney has responded to an important deficit in texts available to paediatric trainees in Australia. That she has succeeded is undoubted, but she has gone further in producing a book which could reasonably be useful for paediatricians in general. It is available in two forms - a soft cover book and an online module with case studies for testing understanding of the topics. Sandra is the principal author and she has brought together a group of her colleagues to contribute to chapters in their areas of expertise. The book has a foreword and recommendation by internationally renowned British paediatrician David Hall, to emphasise the book's importance...Each chapter has a useful format, beginning with definitions and concepts and proceeding to an approach to assessment, relevant investigations, management, practice points, an extensive list of references and recommendations for further reading...I have no hesitation in recommending this book." Chris Pearson, Chair, Child Development and Behaviour SIG, Chapter of Community Child Health, RACP News, December 2012.