This volume presents an integrative framework for conducting individualized assessments of children and adolescents with a wide range of disabilities and chronic conditions. Expert contributors first provide an overview of the field, reviewing general strategies and approaches to developmental assessment. The volume then addresses the issues that arise in working with young people with particular challenges, including motor impairments, auditory and visual impairments, autism, chronic health conditions, neurological problems, and exposure to trauma. Described are concepts and tools to guide the practitioner in deriving an accurate diagnosis, planning appropriate interventions in clinic or school, evaluating progress, and monitoring treatment outcomes. Structured in a cohesive format, chapters review the nature of each condition and its implications for health, development, and functioning at different ages and in various domains. The uses of specific assessment instruments are considered, and needed modifications in settings, tasks, and procedures identified. Emphasizing methods that are flexible and multidimensional, the volume includes numerous illustrative case vignettes.
Table of Contents
1. Clinical Assessment of Children: An Overview, Simeonsson and Rosenthal
I. Dimensions and Issues
2. Issues in Clinical Assessment, Simeonsson and Scarborough
3. Clinical Assessment in Planning and Evaluating Intervention, Simeonsson and McMillen
II. General Strategies and Measures
4. Quantitative Assessment, Simeonsson, Cook, and Hill
5. A Qualitative Developmental Approach to Assessment, Simeonsson, Huntington, Brent, and Balant
6. An Ecobehavioral Approach to Clinical Assessment, Simeonsson and Boyles
7. Assessment of Family Context, Rosenthal, Cohen, and Simeonsson
III. Specialized Strategies and Measures
8. Assessment of Trauma and Maltreatment in Children with Special Needs, Boat and Sites
9. Infant Assessment, Smith, Pretzel, and Landry
10. Assessment of Children with Motor Impairments, Johnson, Wilhelm, Eisert, and Halperin-Phillips
11. Assessment of Children with Visual Impairment or Blindness, Chandry and Davidson
12. Assessment of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Simeonsson, Wax, and White
13. Assessment of Children with Autism, Marcus, Flagler, and Robinson
14. Assessment of Children with Chronic Illness, Schultz and Chase-Carmichael
15. Assessment of Executive Functions in Children with Neurological Impairment, Gioia, Isquith, and Guy
IV. Ethical and Legal Issues
16. Ethical and Legal Issues in Assessment of Children with Special Needs, Rae, Fournier, and Roberts
"This is the most sensible and useful resource to date on the psychological assessment of children with chronic conditions and disabilities. I am impressed with the authors' coverage of both qualitative and quantitative methods; their functional approach to classifying needs; and the linkages they establish between assessment, intervention, and progress/program evaluation. No other text on the subject offers this necessary, integrated perspective. Psychologists of all specialties who work with these populations--whether in training or in practice--will find this an invaluable resource. A superb contribution to the literature."
-Stephen J. Bagnato, EdD, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh.
"Clinicians seeking a broader alternative to conventional testing practices and materials will rejoice as they read this book, and will be sure to refer to it repeatedly in their work. It makes a compelling case for moving beyond strictly psychometric testing, especially for hard-to-assess children and adolescents."
-John T. Neisworth, PhD, Educational and School Psychology and Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University
"There has long been a need for a comprehensive volume on the assessment of children with disabilities and chronic health conditions....This volume is likely to become the authoritative text in the field. It will prove highly useful for practitioners in clinical, developmental, and pediatric psychology, and for graduate-level students in these areas."
-Dennis Drotar, PhD, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital; Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
"This text is unique in its broad coverage of quantititative, qualititative, and ecological assessment approaches, all in one volume. The authors do a good job of highlighting the causes of many disabilities and showing how the nature of the disability affects the assessments that will be done. Useful special topics covered include the assessment of children with disabilities who have suffered from maltreatment or trauma. I was also impressed by the concluding chapter on ethical and legal issues."
-Joan Lieber, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
"This volume represents the state of the art in psychological assessment of children. Chapters on assessing children with a variety of special needs are accentuated with current research and compelling case studies. An excellent graduate-level text, the work will also serve as a reference for child psychologists in school or private practice settings."
-Michael D. West, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
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