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Clinicians working with children and adolescents-including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and physicians-are often faced with the daunting task of conducting early evaluations to form diagnoses and determine treatment. These evaluations are often carried out in a busy environment, or under time-pressured circumstances.
The Guide to Early Psychological Evaluation: Children & Adolescents is intended to help ease the pressure of such evaluations. It offers an assortment of informal, user-friendly assessment tools and screeners, applicable to children and adolescents ages 2 to 16, including interviews, observation forms, and motor coordination exercises.
Each chapter describes early evaluation and screening methods for a specific area of functioning, including:
Physical and Sensory Functioning
Speech and Language Functions
Emotional and Behavioral Functioning
This guide is an essential pocket reference for quick and accurate child and adolescent patient assessment.
1 Introduction 1
2 Obtaining Background Information 6
3 Mental Status Exam and Behavioral Observations 26
4 Other Observational Data 33
5 Motor Coordination 40
6 Visual-Motor Functioning 53
7 Physical and Sensory Functioning 59
8 Executive Functions and Attention 65
9 Memory Skills 71
10 Speech and Language Functions 80
11 Academic Achievement Screening 89
12 Emotional and Behavioral Functioning 111
13 Personality Traits and Functioning 127
14 Risk and Resiliency or Protective Factors 131
15 Adaptive Behaviors and Activities of Daily Living 135
16 Conclusion 137