A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Mar 15, 2010 - Psychology - 208 pages
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*Winner in the Education/Academic category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards* *Shortlisted for the 2011 NASEN Award 'The Special Needs Academic Book'* With a focus on best practice and the importance of early diagnosis, this book provides a practical and scientifically-based approach to the assessment and diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and autism spectrum conditions. This book offers a balance of conceptual, practical and empirical information designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap in identifying, assessing, and treating school-aged children with autism-related conditions. Assessment tools and intervention strategies will support school-based professionals in: identifying and assessing young people with high-functioning autism spectrum conditions developing and implementing classroom-based intervention programs initiating a dialogue between parents and teachers accessing community resources promoting special needs advocacy. With illustrative case studies, FAQs, quick reference boxes, and a glossary, this accessible guide will appeal to teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social work practitioners and students.
 

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Autism Spectrum Quarterly calls the book “a landmark contribution destined to become a classic in the field of autism spectrum disorders” and comments, “Dr. Wilkinson has made an enormous contribution to the field by comprehensively and systematically illuminating not only what needs to be done, but also how to go about doing it. The book is exquisitely and meticulously organized, making it an easy-to-access reference guide as well as a comprehensive text book and training manual."
The Canadian Journal of School Psychology remarks, "Overall, this book presents readers with an excellent overview of autism and Asperger syndrome. The author has expertly formatted the book and each chapter so that the reader is provided with an excellent resource of recent and relevant information pertaining to screening, formal assessment, and interventions with individuals in this population. The use of two case studies helps to highlight some of the information presented throughout the book. …many school-based professionals will be able to make use of this excellent resource."
According to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders "This book provides a complete source for parents, educators, researchers and clinicians seeking information related to assessment and interventions available for individuals (mostly children) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The main reason the book stands out is the application of all the discussed concepts in the two case examples of Jeremy and Sally. Dr. Wilkinson presents a detail and person-centered approach to the stages and issues that needs to be addressed while conducting an assessment and planning interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Educators and clinicians can make use of the detailed case examples as those may be applicable to their work environment."
Ally4autism comments, “Dr. Wilkinson has created an outstanding blend of academic research and practical application in a text that is so clearly written it is a pleasure to read for professionals and parents alike. His book concisely illustrates best practices in screening, assessment, treatment and special education services. Through case examples of two children, he demonstrates how these best practices can be put into action. This book fills an important need that has existed for years. Dr. Wilkinson has created an indispensable resource that should definitely be in each school’s professional library.”
 

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The wide array of available assessing and screening tools for autism can prove confusing for professionals. The task of discerning adequate and appropriate batteries can become daunting if little or no formal training has been provided. Dr.Wilkinson's book provides a great compass and guide to those in charge of leading whole teams through the Special education maze. 

Contents

PREFACE
10
Chapter 1 I ntroduction and Overvie
14
Chapter 2 Best Practice in Screening
30
Chapter 3 Best Practice in Assessment
50
Jeremy and Sally
75
Chapter 5 Best Practice for Intervention and Treatment
98
Chapter 6 Best Practice in Special Needs Education
126
Chapter 7 Future Directions and Conclusion
147
APPENDIX C ASD ASSESSMENT WORKSHEET
170
APPENDIX D ASD OBSERVATION CHECKLIST
173
APPENDIX E IDEA DISABILITY CATEGORIES
174
APPENDIX F A SUMMARY OF DSMIVTR CRITERIA
176
APPENDIX G SAMPLE IEP GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
179
APPENDIX H RESOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
180
INDEX TO BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS
185
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
189

frequently Asked Questions FAQ
150
Glossary of Terms
157
Glossary of Acronyms
163
APPENDIX A THE AUTISM SPECTRUM QUOTIENTCHILDRENS VERSION AQCHILD
165
APPENDIX B CHILDHOOD AUTISM SPECTRUM TEST CAST
169

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Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, is a scientist, researcher, and practitioner. He is a certified school psychologist, chartered educational psychologist, chartered scientist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. He is also a university educator and teaches graduate courses in psychological assessment, clinical intervention, and child and adolescent psychopathology at Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

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