Chapter 6. Neuropsychological

  1. Michael Farrell master's in Education and Psychology, master of philosophy, doctor of philosophy teacher head teacher lecturer local authority inspector initial teacher consultant in Special Education

Published Online: 17 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470744659.ch6

Foundations of Special Education: An Introduction

Foundations of Special Education: An Introduction

How to Cite

Farrell, M. (2009) Neuropsychological, in Foundations of Special Education: An Introduction, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470744659.ch6

Author Information

  1. London University,

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 MAY 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470753965

Online ISBN: 9780470744659



  • neuropsychology, ‘the study of brain–behaviour relationships’;
  • school neuropsychology – applying brain–behaviour relationships to school-aged children;
  • neuroanatomy - nervous system and neuroanatomical differences;
  • neural imaging techniques;
  • assessment and intervention - key aspects of school neuropsychology;
  • neuropsychology and special education relationship;
  • neuropsychology scope and types of disability/disorder;
  • reading disorder and related deficits;
  • developmental coordination disorder (DCD) - ‘marked impairment of motor coordination’;
  • co-occurrence of mathematics disorders and reading disorders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • A Note on Cerebral Lobes and Cerebral Hemispheres

  • Neuropsychology

  • Neuroanatomical Measurements

  • Neural Imaging Techniques

  • Assessment in Neuropsychology

  • Relationships between Neuropsychology and Special Education

  • The Scope of Neuropsychology and Types of Disability/Disorder

  • Fuller Example: Reading Disorder

  • Fuller Examples: Developmental Coordination Disorder

  • Fuller Examples: Mathematics Disorder

  • A Cognitive Hypothesis-Testing Approach

  • Conclusion

  • Thinking Points

  • Key Texts

  • Internet Resources