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For anyone involved in the special education process, here is a comprehensive practical guide to the most frequently used and helpful tests for diagnosing suspected disabilities of all kings — intellectual, perceptual, language, achievement, psychosocial and social maturity — from the early childhood years through adolescence.

You'll find detailed information on the make-up and purpose of each of 109 different tests, including subtests, scoring diagnostic patterns if any and specific strengths and weaknesses, all conveniently organized into the following sections:

  • Wechsler Scales of Intelligence. This section covers the three most commonly used individual intelligence tests in education, which measure a variety of intellectual areas and compute a Verbal Performance and Full-Scale IQ.
  • Intellectual Assessment Measures. Nine different tests measuring skills such as perceptual organization, processing speed, and long and short term memory skills are described here, including the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, Columbia Mental Maturity Scales, Slosson Intelligence Test-Revised, and five others.
  • Achievement Assessment Measures. 31 measures of reading, spelling, writing, and math achievement are covered, including tests such as the Gray Oral Reading Test-3, Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-R, Test of Early Written Language-2, Test of Written Spelling-3, Key Math-R, and Wide Range Achievement-3.
  • Perceptual Measures. The 14 tests in this section help diagnose process and modality strengths and weaknesses and include measures like the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test, Test of Auditory Perceptual Skills-R, and the Woodcock Johnson Psychoeducational Battery-R.
  • Language, Psychological & Social and Adaptive Measures. This section describes 25 tests in the areas of language, behavior, emotional and social development, such as the Peaboy Picture Vocabulary Test-3, Conners' Parent and Teacher Rating Scales, and Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale.
  • Early Childhood, Hearing Impaired, Occupational & Physical Therapy, and Bilingual Tests. The 29 tests in this section are concerned with a variety of potential disabilities and include measures such as the Denver Developmental Screening Test-R, Carolina Picture Vocabulary Test for Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Purdue Perceptual Motor Survey, and ESL Literacy Scale.

In addition, the Guide thoroughly covers the various stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription, and remediation and offer up-to-date guidance on gathering information, the parents' role in the assessment process, understanding children's behavior during testing, writing and developing IEPs, and implementing remediation techniques in the classroom.

The valuable appendices at the end of the Guide give you the names, addresses, phone and fax numbers of test publishers... test reference guide by category and by name...a glossary of test & measurement, special education, psychological, and occupational therapy terms...and special education abbreviations.

As the authors point out, "With the proper tests and their proper interpretation, many problems exhibited by students with special needs can be more rapidly and appropriately addressed. As with any event, early diagnosis and intervention can mean all the difference in an individual's life."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130293381
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/29/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 10.87 (d)

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PREFACE:

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Special Educator's Complete Guide to 109 Diagnostic Tests has been developed to provide any individual involved in the special education process with a comprehensive overview of the most frequently used tests for diagnosing suspected disabilities—including intelligence, perception, and language to achievement, psycho/social behavior, and social maturity—from the early childhood years to adolescence.

Filled with practical tools, information, and suggestions, the Guide thoroughly covers the various stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription, and remediation for those unfamiliar with this process. In addition, it offers up-to-date guidance on gathering information, the parents' role during the assessment process, understanding a subject's behavior during testing, writing and developing IEPs, and implementing remediation techniques in the classroom.

Furthermore, the Guide contains the following test information designed to assist readers in selecting and understanding the wide range of tests available to them today:

  • Thorough explanations of the most commonly used diagnostic tests
  • In-depth coverage of the areas measured by each test
  • Easy-to-understand interpretation of test patterns for commonly used measures
  • Diagnostic categories frequently exhibited by test patterns
  • Strengths and weaknesses of each test
  • How results/scores are evaluated for each test

HELPFUL AND UNIQUE FEATURES

Most current books on test information do not deal with the practical, day-to-day needs of the special educationteacher as a diagnostician. They either explain the tests or cite statistical information, yet rarely include information on what scores mean or how to utilize their results.

The most commonly used measures found in the Guide offer teachers everything necessary to go from interpretation to remediation in one book. All 14 sections of the Guide have been designed to make readers more secure and aware about the often overwhelming process of special education testing and interpretation.

Following are several additional features:

  • Developmental, step-by-step approach takes readers through a variety of topics and procedures necessary for a realistic, complete awareness of children with disabilities.
  • Easy-to-read format contains a wealth of information and proven suggestions taken from the authors' extensive experiences.
  • Material is presented in such a way as to help readers utilize its content to provide students with the most appropriate education available in the least restrictive environment.
  • An overview of the issues associated with assessing students who are culturally or linguistically diverse is presented.
  • Charts and tables help clarify often confusing topics.
  • Useful information can be applied immediately to the various experiences that teachers encounter in the classroom.
  • Thorough appendices contain tests organized by category (intelligence, perception, achievement, etc.) and also alphabetically, a list of test publishers with their addresses, phone and fax numbers, a complete glossary of testing terms, and references to readings on assessment.

In Closing

From our experiences, we know that educational diagnosticians and teachers need assistance in understanding the etiology (cause), nature, and meaning of the vast amount of diagnostic material available to them. With the proper tests and the proper interpretation, many problems exhibited by students with special needs can be more rapidly and appropriately addressed. As with any event, early diagnosis and intervention can mean all the difference in an individual's life.

Roger Pierangelo & George Giuliani

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Table of Contents

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION TO ASSESSMENT.
Preventive Measures Prior to Assessment.
Defining Assessment.
Purpose of Assessment.
Components of a Thorough Assessment.
How Students are Identified for Assessment.
Assessment and Federal Law.
Parental Consent and the Assessment Process.
SECTION 2: METHODS OF GATHERING INFORMATION.
The Screening and Referral process.
Child Study Teams/Pupil Personnel Teams.
Reviewing School Records.
Looking at the Student's Work.
Interviews.
Testing.
New Outlooks on Assessment.
SECTION 3: THE WECHSLER SCALES OF INTELLIGENCE.
How to Determine Relative Process Strengths and Weaknesses on the Wechsler Scales.
Diagnostic Patterns on the Wechsler Scales.
How to Determine Modality or Channel Strengths and Weaknesses on the Wechsler Scales.
Other Forms of Analysis Using the Wechsler Scales.
Strengths of the Wechsler Scales.
Strengths of the Wechsler Scales.
Weaknesses of the Wechsler Scales.
SECTION 4: OTHER INTELLECTUAL ASSESSMENT MEASURES.
How to Analyze a Student's Intellectual Profile Effectively.
SECTION 5: ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENT MEASURES.
READIN ASSESSMENT.
Interpreting Reading Tests.
Oral Reading Assessment.
Reading Comprehension Assessment.
Word Recognition Skills Assessment.
Word Attack Skills Assessment.
Summary of Reading Assessment.
SPELLING ASSESSMENT.
Interpreting Spelling Tests.
Questions Prior to Assessment.
Information Obtained from the Teacher Prior to Assessment.
WRITTEN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT.
Interpreting Written Composition.
Components OF Writing.
Interpreting Handwriting.
ARITHMETIC/MATHEMATICSASSESSMENT.
Interpreting Arithmetic/Mathematics Tests.
COMPREHENSIVE ACHIEVEMENT ASSESSMENT.
SECTION 6: PERCEPTUAL MEASURES.
The Learning Process.
Objectives of perceptual Evaluation.
VISUAL PERCEPTION ASSESSMENT.
Diagnostic Symptoms for Visual Perception Disabilities.
AUDITORY PERCEPTION ASSESSMENT.
Diagnostic Symptoms for Auditory Perceptual Disabilities.
COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF PERCEPTUAL ABILITIES.
SECTION 7: AN OVERVIEW OF LANGUAGE, PSYCHOLOGICAL & SOCIAL AND ADAPTIVE MEASURES.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT.
Interpreting Speech and Language Tests.
Developing Milestones.
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL ASSESSMENT.
Behavioral, Emotional, and Social Development
ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENT.
Assessing Adaptive Behavior.
SECTION 8: AN OVERVIEW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD, HEARING IMPAIRED, OCCUPATIONAL & PHYSICAL THERAPY, AND BILINGUAL TESTS.
EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSESSMENT.
HEARING ASSESSMENT.
Causes of Hearing Impairment.
Assessment Measures.
Degrees of hearing Impairment.
OCCUPATIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSESSMENT.
Assessment Areas.
The Therapist's Many Roles.
BILINGUAL ASSESSMENT.
Dominant Language.
Referral of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.
SECTION 9: UNDERSTANDING A STUDENT'S BEHAVIOR DURING TESTING.
Adjustment to the Testing Situation.
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