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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This is a compendium of the latest research findings in school psychology, with an emphasis on assessment, intervention, and professional issues. Part of the Oxford Library of Psychology series, it covers 43 different topics in its 894 pages.
Purpose: According to the series editor, "each handbook undertakes to review one of psychology's major subdisciplines with breadth, comprehensiveness, and exemplary scholarship."
Audience: This book targets practitioners, students, and faculty, as well as parents seeking information on school psychology practices. Melissa A. Bray, professor of school psychology at the University of Connecticut, does research on interventions in disruptive classroom behavior and communication. Thomas J. Kehle, professor and director of school psychology at the University of Connecticut, does research on psychological wellness and selective mutism.
Features: The introduction has an interesting history of school psychology beginning with Lightner Witmer in 1896. The book then addresses issues in assessment including academic assessment, assessment of classroom environments, internalizing behavioral deficits, and learning disabilities. The discussion of intervention issues covers externalizing and internalizing disorders, social skills, special education, and autistic spectrum disorders. The book also addresses chronic medical illnesses such as obesity, lead exposure, and prenatal cocaine exposure as well as psychopharmacology issues. It ends with a look at professional issues including ethics, academic training, and program planning and evaluation. Technology has shaped the work of school psychologists in helping them deliver services more efficiently. The chapters are organized rather uniformly, with an abstract, keywords, text, conclusion, and references, and the book is easy to read, with numerous tables and figures that help clarify the text.
Assessment: All the latest legislation is included in this book, which is a resource that should be in the libraries of all professionals who work in school systems.