Guide to Early Psychological Evaluation: Children & Adolescents

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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:

Motor Coordination

Physical and Sensory Functioning

Memory Skills

Visual-Motor Functioning

Executive 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.

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Editorial Reviews

The National Psychologist
“This book is extremely clear on what information is needed to adequately screen for a possible disorder…. Each of the 15 chapters succinctly enumerates the instructions for the examiner, the client and the screening criteria and norms…. A valuable contribution the volume makes is not only the norms but the focus on using reliable and valid measures. In addition, it offers the opportunity for screening instruments to be used by those with various levels of training.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393705393
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/22/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,231,219
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Christner, PsyD, is assistant professor of school psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Arthur Freeman, EdD, is chief psychologist and director of training at Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation Center, Chicago. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Corey J. Nigro is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Taymoor Sardar is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology—Argosy University, Chicago. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

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

References 140

Index 143

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