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Overview

"This book offers clear guidance on how to conduct evidence-based assessments of adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD and select appropriate instructional and testing accommodations. Drawing on extensive research and clinical experience, leading expert Noel Gregg provides essential knowledge and tools for a broad range of professionals." "Gregg helps the reader navigate the maze of laws, policies, and scientific findings relating to diagnostic and intervention decision making. She gives particular attention to supporting students during the crucial transition from high school to higher education or vocational settings. Coverage of accommodations in each domain includes discussions of the latest assistive technologies. The volume also features helpful case vignettes, decision-making flowcharts, and documentation guidelines." This book belongs on the desks of secondary special educators and school psychologists, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, college counselors and disability service providers, and vocational rehabilitation counselors. Graduate students in these fields will find it an invaluable supplemental text.
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Editorial Reviews

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
"A welcome volume....Not only does the book provide comprehensive summaries of research on an array of learning issues, but also links the research to useful suggestions for educational interventions and accommodations for learning impairments in adolescents and adults. It is an extremely useful handbook that will be relevant for years to come for practicing neuropsychologists as well as for practitioners in related professions who help secondary and post-secondary students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities....Pragmatic and clear suggestions for accommodations and interventions, including the use of various illustrated decision trees to guide decisions, make the book a useful resource for educators and clinicians on the frontlines who are working with adolescent and adult students. Of particular interest were reviews of existing and emerging assistive technologies that permeate the chapters....A gem of a book that has something useful to offer experienced neuropsychologists, other clinical or educational professionals, and advanced graduate students. In the spirit of the guiding theme of the book, every reader will come away with having learned something new from this volume."—Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Inside TSA
"This volume will be welcomed by the parents of teenagers and adults coping with ADHD....Comprehensive and authoritative."—Inside TSA
PsycCRITIQUES
"Commendable for providing a decision-making model to guide the development of assessment practices and accommodations that meet the needs of these students and legal mandates. In addition, Gregg provides excellent insights into the comprehensive approach required for accurate assessment of the unique cognitive and social-emotional profiles of students with ADHD and LD. Using flowcharts, tables, and assessment profiles of people with ADHD and LD, Gregg offers concrete examples of how to conduct thorough evaluations that capture students' unique strengths and weaknesses. Such thorough assessments are essential to enable professionals to offer accommodations that match the varying needs of these students. The breadth of research Gregg cites to support her recommendations is impressive....Gregg provides information that will help practitioners to develop a greater understanding of the difficulties students with LD and ADHD face in secondary and postsecondary institutions and a greater appreciation of the many accommodations available, especially the emerging technologies that offer individually adapted modes for learning....Offers researchers an agenda for future research that could provide clinicians and educators with the assessment tools and interventions needed to enable students with LD and ADHD to learn efficiently and avoid the risks that threaten their well-being."—PsycCRITIQUES
The Educational Therapist
"With her extensive specialization in adolescents and adults with LD and ADHD, Dr. Gregg unravels the complexities of secondary and postsecondary school environments and clarifies the needs of these students. She brings confidence and an evidence-based validity to her conclusions and recommendations. This is a resource book that can guide and inform decision-making by professionals working with secondary and postsecondary students. In addition to its discussion of historical policy and current regulations, this book is a well-organized guide to the analysis of reading, mathematics, and behavioral-emotional assessments and accommodations. It is a comprehensive, well-thought-out book, appropriate to both the college classroom and the consulting office, which focuses on a subject that only recently has captured the spotlight yet promises to be important in the years to come."—The Educational Therapist
From the Publisher
"Gregg's timely work contrasts the intensive services delivered to children with learning disabilities and ADHD to the relative dearth of efforts for these individuals as they transition into adulthood. Often unrecognized, minimized, or ignored, this 'silent epidemic' results in considerable cost to the individual and society. Thorough yet accessible, the book presents systemic assessment and intervention strategies designed to accommodate these individuals' learning and psychosocial needs."—James B. Hale, PhD, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
   

"A great resource in an area that has many challenges. I particularly like the way the solid research base is translated into implications for assessment and accommodation. Loaded with valuable information, this book fills an important gap in the literature."—Martha L. Thurlow, PhD, Director, National Center on Educational Outcomes, University of Minnesota

"An exceptionally well-written, detailed, authoritative, and science-based review of appropriate educational accommodations for teens and adults with learning disabilities and/or ADHD, and the documentation needed to obtain them. It is the best contemporary treatment of this topic available. The book is rich with useful recommendations pertaining to multiple aspects of individual functioning, including cognitive, social, emotional, behavioral, and academic domains. Highly readable, instructive, and punctuated with informative case examples, this book should prove beneficial to clinicians, educators, and graduate students."—Russell A. Barkley, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina

"Written by an expert in the field, this book is coherent and insightful. Gregg's coverage of up-to-date research is comprehensive, and she has an exceptional ability to identify and describe practical applications. The book meets a tremendous need."—H. Lee Swanson, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology and Peloy Chair, University of California, Riverside

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

"A welcome volume....Not only does the book provide comprehensive summaries of research on an array of learning issues, but also links the research to useful suggestions for educational interventions and accommodations for learning impairments in adolescents and adults. It is an extremely useful handbook that will be relevant for years to come for practicing neuropsychologists as well as for practitioners in related professions who help secondary and post-secondary students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities....Pragmatic and clear suggestions for accommodations and interventions, including the use of various illustrated decision trees to guide decisions, make the book a useful resource for educators and clinicians on the frontlines who are working with adolescent and adult students. Of particular interest were reviews of existing and emerging assistive technologies that permeate the chapters....A gem of a book that has something useful to offer experienced neuropsychologists, other clinical or educational professionals, and advanced graduate students. In the spirit of the guiding theme of the book, every reader will come away with having learned something new from this volume."--Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology ,

The Educational Therapist
"With her extensive specialization in adolescents and adults with LD and ADHD, Dr. Gregg unravels the complexities of secondary and postsecondary school environments and clarifies the needs of these students. She brings confidence and an evidence-based validity to her conclusions and recommendations. This is a resource book that can guide and inform decision-making by professionals working with secondary and postsecondary students. In addition to its discussion of historical policy and current regulations, this book is a well-organized guide to the analysis of reading, mathematics, and behavioral–emotional assessments and accommodations. It is a comprehensive, well-thought-out book, appropriate to both the college classroom and the consulting office, which focuses on a subject that only recently has captured the spotlight yet promises to be important in the years to come."--The Educational Therapist
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

"A welcome volume....Not only does the book provide comprehensive summaries of research on an array of learning issues, but also links the research to useful suggestions for educational interventions and accommodations for learning impairments in adolescents and adults. It is an extremely useful handbook that will be relevant for years to come for practicing neuropsychologists as well as for practitioners in related professions who help secondary and post-secondary students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities....Pragmatic and clear suggestions for accommodations and interventions, including the use of various illustrated decision trees to guide decisions, make the book a useful resource for educators and clinicians on the frontlines who are working with adolescent and adult students. Of particular interest were reviews of existing and emerging assistive technologies that permeate the chapters....A gem of a book that has something useful to offer experienced neuropsychologists, other clinical or educational professionals, and advanced graduate students. In the spirit of the guiding theme of the book, every reader will come away with having learned something new from this volume."--Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

The Educational Therapist

"With her extensive specialization in adolescents and adults with LD and ADHD, Dr. Gregg unravels the complexities of secondary and postsecondary school environments and clarifies the needs of these students. She brings confidence and an evidence-based validity to her conclusions and recommendations. This is a resource book that can guide and inform decision-making by professionals working with secondary and postsecondary students. In addition to its discussion of historical policy and current regulations, this book is a well-organized guide to the analysis of reading, mathematics, and behavioral–emotional assessments and accommodations. It is a comprehensive, well-thought-out book, appropriate to both the college classroom and the consulting office, which focuses on a subject that only recently has captured the spotlight yet promises to be important in the years to come."--The Educational Therapist

Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology

A welcome volume....Not only does the book provide comprehensive summaries of research on an array of learning issues, but also links the research to useful suggestions for educational interventions and accommodations for learning impairments in adolescents and adults. It is an extremely useful handbook that will be relevant for years to come for practicing neuropsychologists as well as for practitioners in related professions who help secondary and post-secondary students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities....Pragmatic and clear suggestions for accommodations and interventions, including the use of various illustrated decision trees to guide decisions, make the book a useful resource for educators and clinicians on the frontlines who are working with adolescent and adult students. Of particular interest were reviews of existing and emerging assistive technologies that permeate the chapters....A gem of a book that has something useful to offer experienced neuropsychologists, other clinical or educational professionals, and advanced graduate students. In the spirit of the guiding theme of the book, every reader will come away with having learned something new from this volume.

The Educational Therapist
With her extensive specialization in adolescents and adults with LD and ADHD, Dr. Gregg unravels the complexities of secondary and postsecondary school environments and clarifies the needs of these students. She brings confidence and an evidence-based validity to her conclusions and recommendations. This is a resource book that can guide and inform decision-making by professionals working with secondary and postsecondary students. In addition to its discussion of historical policy and current regulations, this book is a well-organized guide to the analysis of reading, mathematics, and behavioral–emotional assessments and accommodations. It is a comprehensive, well-thought-out book, appropriate to both the college classroom and the consulting office, which focuses on a subject that only recently has captured the spotlight yet promises to be important in the years to come.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606230343
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Noël Gregg, PhD, is Distinguished Research Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Communication Sciences and Special Education at the University of Georgia (UGA). She founded the UGA Learning Disabilities Center in 1982 and served as its Director until 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Gregg served as Director of the Learning Disabilities Research and Training Center. During that period, she produced over 21 videos and teleconferences focusing on the adolescent and adult population with learning disabilities and ADHD. Dr. Gregg is also Director of the UGA Regents' Center for Learning Disorders. Her areas of specialization include adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD, accommodations, alternative media, assessment, written language disorders, and measurement validity. She has been a national expert witness for several key legal cases pertaining to accommodating adults with learning disabilities and ADHD on high-stakes tests. The author of several books and more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters, Dr. Gregg is a frequent conference presenter and speaker.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Donald D. Deshler
1. Why Are Accommodations Important?
2. Documentation for Accommodation Access
3. Broad and Specific Cognitive Processing
4. Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Assessment and Accommodation
5. Reading Assessment and Accommodation
6. Writing Assessment and Accommodation
7. Different Symbol Systems: Mathematics, Science, and Second Languages
8. Accommodations on Large-Scale Assessments

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Neemann, Ph.D., Editor-In-Chief, "The Maryland Psychologist," 2007-2009.

    Noel Gregg, Ph.D., recognized as a learning disabilities (LD) expert with a communications and special education background, presents a dense volume of exceedingly valuable research-based information regarding accommodations for and assessments of ADHD and all kinds of LDs. Focused only on adolescents and adults, the heart of Gregg's presentation is the application of accommodations in various environments including secondary and post-secondary education, vocational settings, and high stakes large scale standardized tests. Laws regarding allowable accommodations, along with the strategic use and effectiveness of accommodations, are discussed and summarized, and Gregg provides concrete, accessible, and seemingly unlimited resources on this topic. Particularly helpful is Gregg's thorough review of the confusing and inconsistently applied laws protecting the rights of those impaired by LD and ADHD.

    LD and ADHD assessment, Gregg emphasizes, requires comprehensive "process-oriented" evaluation to assess deficiencies as well as alternative problem-solving strategies developed by LD and ADHD individuals as a result of their processing deficits. Gregg comprehensively addresses disabilities in social, emotional, and behavioral areas; reading; writing; and other symbol systems including mathematics, science, and second languages in such fine detail that assessment results point directly to specific accommodations. Gregg provides detailed, informative summary tables describing the processes that should be assessed along with very instructive flow charts of the processes underlying academic skill deficiencies that lead to specific LD subtypes.

    Invigorated by the amount and quality of research-supported information provided to this point, the reader's enthusiasm is likely to flag somewhat following Gregg's unfavorable reviews of most established tests due to measurement, norm establishment, and interpretive problems that severely limit the appropriately detailed process-oriented tests available for this age group. Readers seeking a "how to" manual might be disappointed in the lack of clear guidance about how and when to use or develop specific tests for the assessment of various LDs and ADHD.

    However, Gregg exhaustively illustrates the precise cognitive procedures required for, as well as specific processing deficits that interfere with, academic skill attainment and/or demonstration. Although an attempt is made to make the material more accessible by introducing case studies at the beginning and summarizing specific points at the end of each chapter, casual readers might require additional references in order to appreciate, comprehend, and absorb the densely descriptive detail at the level provided.

    Critiques, however, are greatly outweighed by strengths. The density of presentation enhances the integration as well as dissociation of skills across disorders, allowing a broader and more expansive view of the relationship between underlying cognitive processes and academic skills. Further, while initially disappointing to the practitioner, Gregg's critique of traditional measures encourages awareness and re-evaluation of test validity. Gregg presents an extremely advanced and unbelievably detailed presentation of complex legal issues and research results invaluable for all professionals who specialize in documenting and differentiating subtle distinctions within subtypes of LD, and who recommend and/or implement related accommodation

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