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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kiran F. Siddiqui, MBBS, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This handbook brings together leading clinical research to provide empirically based recommendations for assessment of social-emotional and behavior problems and disorders in the earliest years. The book tries to bridge the gap between clinical work and research on early assessment and to generate increased linkages among specialists.
Purpose: The purpose described by the authors is to facilitate conceptual and methodological integration and provide an opportunity to disseminate some of very exciting recent developments within the young child assessment field. Their goal also is to promote further advances within the research community and to promote changes in the best practice within the clinical community.
Audience: Researchers, teachers, professionals conducting clinical work, early intervention providers, early special educators, psychiatry fellows, child psychiatrics, clinical psychology interns, family physicians, pediatricians, social workers, and advanced students.
Features: The editors have assembled an extraordinary collection of chapters that thoroughly cover the conceptualization of dysfunction in infants and young children, current and new diagnostic criteria, and such specific disorders as sensory modulation dysfunction, sleep disorders, eating and feeding disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorders, and ADHD. The chapters further highlight the importance of incorporating contextual factors such as parent-child relationship functioning and cultural background into the assessment process to increase the validity of findings.
Assessment: This is a unique and singular book. The work presented here is derived mostly from the research funded by NIMH so it has undergone the scrutiny of the peer review system within the NIMH. It is the state of the art in terms of both methodological and conceptual advances. This much needed and comprehensive book has achieved much more than its intended goal.