The book provides a review of the state of the art of neurological assessment in the first two years of life and identifies the most appropriate instruments for the follow-up of newborns who are at risk of developing neurological abnormalities.
After a brief description of the neurophysiological basis of development in the first years, the book provides a comprehensive review of the various methods used for the neurological assessment in young infants describing how a combined approach of clinical and instrumental investigations can provide important diagnostic and prognostic information.
The first part of the book describes the most used clinical neurological examinations and their applications in infants with neurological abnormalities, followed by a description of the value of neuroimaging and neurophysiological techniques in normal preterm and full term infants in the first two years and the main types of abnormal MR findings of neurophysiological findings (EEG and evoked potentials) in relation to brain lesions.
Other sections include chapters describing techniques assessing specific aspects of cognitive, perceptual and sensory abilities. Special attention is given to hearing, language and communication and to development of vision and visual attention both in normal infants and in those with neonatal brain lesions.
The final chapters are devoted to intervention, describing how the identification of specific profiles of impairment can lead to the development of appropriate plans of early intervention.
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1. INTRODUCTION 1
Giovanni Cioni and Eugenio Mercuri
2. NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL BASIS OF DEVELOPMENT 3
3. NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT IN NORMAL YOUNG INFANTS 24
Eugenio Mercuri, Leena Haataja and Lilly Dubowitz
4. CLASSICAL NEUROLOGICAL EXAMINATION IN YOUNG INFANTS
WITH NEONATAL BRAIN LESIONS 38
Eugenio Mercuri, Leena Haataja, Daniela Ricci,
Frances Cowan and Lilly Dubowitz
5. OTHER APPROACHES TO NEUROLOGICAL ASSESSMENT 49
Giovanni Cioni, Christa Einspieler and Paola Paolicelli
6. MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF THE INFANT BRAIN 69
Mary Rutherford, Eugenio Mercuri and Frances Cowan
7. DIAGNOSTIC AND PROGNOSTIC VALUE OF
Enrico Biagioni, Andrea Guzzetta and Giovanni Cioni
8. ASSESSMENT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-RISK INFANTS IN
THE FIRST TWO YEARS 120
Samantha Johnson and Neil Marlow
9. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF LIFE 158
Francesco Guzzetta, Chiara Veredice and Andrea Guzzetta
10. HEARING, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION 169
Anna Chilosi, Paola Cipriani, Sandra Maestro and
11. DEVELOPMENT OF VISION AND VISUAL ATTENTION 198
Anthony Norcia and Francesca Pei
12. VISUAL FUNCTION IN CHILDREN WITH NEONATAL BRAIN LESIONS 214
Eugenio Mercuri, Andrea Guzzetta, Francesca Tinelli,
Daniela Ricci and Giovanni Cioni
13. FROM OBSERVATION TO REHABILITATION 230
Laura Zawacki and Suzann Campbell
14. LONGITUDINAL MULTI-CENTRE FOLLOW-UP OF HIGH-RISK 246
NEONATES: CURRENT STATUS AND FUTURE PROSPECTS
'This book is an extremely useful and concise treatise on the multifaceted aspect of neurological assessment of children in the first 2 years of life. The authors, predominantly from Italy and England, were well chosen and write with clarity, conciseness, and expertise.'
Stanley D. Johnsen, Journal of Child Neurology, 2008
'The book contains some very useful information about the assessment, investigation and management of infants with developmental abnormalities. There is a good list of references and there are contributions from established authorities in the field. I found the chapters on the neurological assessment of normal and abnormal infants very useful. Also, the current state of research and knowledgewith respect to MRI scans and EEGs was valuable reading. The myriad of development assessment tools available is evident from the subsequent chapters, but busy clinicians can limit themselves to those they are familiar with.'
S Suri, Archives of Diseases in Childhood, 2009