Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment

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With autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on the rise, there is an urgent need for health practitioners to learn about the nature, course, assessment, and diagnosis of the various ASDs. This book addresses the main domains of assessment, defines the purpose of the assessment, suggests test instruments, and includes user- friendly features such as "Don't Forget," "Rapid Reference" boxes and "Test Yourself" questions at the end of each chapter. Mental health practitioners will be equipped with all the information they ...

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Overview

With autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on the rise, there is an urgent need for health practitioners to learn about the nature, course, assessment, and diagnosis of the various ASDs. This book addresses the main domains of assessment, defines the purpose of the assessment, suggests test instruments, and includes user- friendly features such as "Don't Forget," "Rapid Reference" boxes and "Test Yourself" questions at the end of each chapter. Mental health practitioners will be equipped with all the information they need to utilize the varied assessments frequently employed in an autism evaluation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470621943
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Series: Essentials of Psychological Assessment Series, #83
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 952,396
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D., is the Director of ClinicalResearch at the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcareof Atlanta and Assistant Professor (CT) in the Division of Autismand Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory UniversitySchool of Medicine. Previously at Yale, Dr. Saulnier was both theTraining Director and the Clinical Director for the Autism Programwhere she oversaw, conducted, and supervised multidisciplinarydiagnostic evaluations on individuals with autism and relateddisorders from infancy through young adulthood. She has alsoconducted hundreds of nationwide workshops on the assessment,diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders resulting inher being awarded the Outstanding Educator Award for Mental HealthEducation by the New England Educational Institute.

Pamela Ventola, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the YaleChild Study Center, Autism Program. Dr. Ventola has vast experienceconducting psychological assessments on children with autism andother developmental disabilities. Her current research focuses onneuropsychological processes in children with autism. Dr. Ventolahas written numerous scholarly journal articles and book chapterson developmental disabilities.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

One Overview 1

Diagnostic Criteria 2

Asperger Syndrome 3

Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified 5

Rett's Disorder and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder 8

DSM-5 9

Two Assessment of Level of Functioning 13

Selecting Instruments 14

Developmental and Early Cognitive Measures 16

Cognitive Assessments 19

Neuropsychological Assessments 28

Qualitative Observations 31

Summary 33

Test Yourself 36

Answers 37

Three Speech, Language, and Communication Assessment39

Receptive Language 42

Expressive Language 44

Pragmatic Language/Social Communication 47

Stages of Language Development 48

Formulation of Findings 51

Summary 55

Test Yourself 57

Answers 58

Four Assessment of Behavioral Profiles 59

Standardized Assessments of Behavior 60

Functional Behavior Assessment 61

Assessment of Adaptive Behavior 64

Summary 70

Test Yourself 72

Answers 73

Five Clinical Interview and Record Review 75

Clinical Interview 76

Methods of Collecting Information on Current and HistoricalPresentation 87

Summary 94

Test Yourself 97

Answers 98

Six Direct Diagnostic Assessment 99

Direct Observation 99

Diagnostic Assessment 100

Semistructured Measures for Diagnostic Assessment 116

Summary 119

Test Yourself 120

Answers 122

Seven Diagnostic Differentials and Comorbidity 123

Intellectual Disability 124

Learning Profiles 130

Specific Language Impairment 134

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 135

Anxiety and Tic Disorders 137

Mood Disorders 141

Psychiatric Conditions in Adulthood 143

Summary 146

Test Yourself 150

Answers 151

Eight Case Conceptualization and Integrated Report Writing153

The Parent Conference 153

The Written Report 154

Case Samples 155

Case Sample: Initial Diagnosis—Toddler 156

Case Sample: School-Aged Child With ASD 171

Annotated Bibliography 197

About the Authors 201

Author Index 203

Subject Index 207

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