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Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • Nirbhay N. Singh

Part of the Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health book series (EBPBH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xli
  2. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. James C. Harris, Stephen Greenspan
      Pages 11-39
    3. Karen C. Stoiber, Samuel Purdy, David A. Klingbeil
      Pages 41-68
    4. Raymond G. Miltenberger, Sarah E. Bloom, Sindy Sanchez, Diego A. Valbuena
      Pages 69-97
    5. Andrew L. Samaha, Sarah E. Bloom, Leah J. Koehler
      Pages 99-122
    6. Don E. Williams, Gabrielle T. Lee, Deborah L. Grossett
      Pages 123-136
    7. James R. Thompson, Stephanie DeSpain
      Pages 137-168
    8. Robert A. Cummins
      Pages 169-227
    9. Robert H. LaRue, Christopher J. Manente, Erica Dashow, Kimberly N. Sloman
      Pages 229-239
  3. Treatment and Training Modalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Marianne M. Glanzman, Marisa Toomey
      Pages 243-282
    3. Paul Willner, William R. Lindsay
      Pages 283-310
    4. Yoon-Suk Hwang, Nirbhay N. Singh
      Pages 311-346
    5. Shoumitro Deb
      Pages 347-381
    6. Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O’Reilly, Jeff Sigafoos, Doretta Oliva, Robert Didden
      Pages 383-414
    7. Kelsey R. Morris, Robert H. Horner
      Pages 415-441
    8. Anne MacDonald
      Pages 443-466
    9. Laura Lee McIntyre, Cameron L. Neece
      Pages 467-492

About this book


This handbook presents a diverse range of effective treatment approaches for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Its triple focus on key concepts, treatment and training modalities, and evidence-based interventions for challenging behaviors of individuals with IDD provides a solid foundation for effective treatment strategies, theory-to-implementation issues, and the philosophical and moral aspects of care. Expert contributions advocate for changes in treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by emphasizing caregiver support as well as respecting and encouraging client autonomy, self-determination, and choice. With its quality-of-life approach, the handbook details practices that are person-centered and supportive as well as therapeutically sound.

Topics featured in the handbook include:
  • Functional and preference assessments for clinical decision making.
  • Treatment modalities from cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy to mindfulness, telehealth, and assistive technologies.
  • Self-determination and choice as well as community living skills.
  • Quality-of-life issues for individuals with IDD.
  • Early intensive behavior interventions for autism spectrum disorder.
  • Skills training for parents of children with IDD as well as staff training in positive behavior support.
  • Evidence-based interventions for a wide range of challenging behaviors and issues.
The Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians, scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in clinical psychology, social work, behavior therapy, and rehabilitation. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nirbhay N. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Health BehaMedical College of Georgia, Augusta UnivAugustaUSA

About the editors

Nirbhay N. Singh, Ph.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Regents University, Augusta GA. He is also with ONE Research Institute in Raleigh NC. He was formerly a Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Clinical Psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and Director of the Commonwealth Institute for Child and Family Studies, Richmond VA. His research interests include behavioral and psychopharmacological treatments of individuals with disabilities, assistive technology for supporting individuals with severe, profound, and multiple disabilities, and mindfulness. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two international journals, Journal of Child and Family Studies and Mindfulness, and Editor of the book series, Mindfulness in Behavioral Health.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Editors Nirbhay N. Singh
  • Series Title Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health
  • Series Abbreviated Title Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-26581-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79974-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-26583-4
  • Series ISSN 2366-6013
  • Series E-ISSN 2366-6021
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XLI, 984
  • Number of Illustrations 32 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
    Social Work
    Behavioral Therapy
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“This book covers a spectrum of topics relevant to the understanding of the philosophy, policy, assessment, and intervention related to evidence-based practice in the intellectual and developmental disability field. … This book will be invaluable for graduate students, professionals working in community services, special education teachers, clinicians in residential facilities, psychiatrists and all other clinicians involved in the care of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” (Ramasamy Manikam, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 26, 2017)

“This book presents the current evidence-base for assessment, treatment modalities, and interventions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. … For academics, this book provides a wealth of information on virtually all issues associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and identifies areas in need of further research to grow this field. Thus, if there is space for only one book on this topic in your office, this is the book.” (Theresa M. Courtney, Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Vol. 1, 2017)