Specific Learning Disabilities and Difficulties in Children and Adolescents: Psychological Assessment and Evaluation

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Overview

The assessment of specific learning disabilities and disorders (SLD) has long been a controversial topic whose definition, diagnosis, and treatment have been vigorously debated for decades. However, in recent times there have been many new assessment tools devised for measuring intelligence and neuropsychological functioning, extending well beyond the scope of Wechsler's scales. In this cutting-edge survey, an international team of leaders in the field examines the available methods. Many of the contributors are themselves the developers of the most recent assessment tests. The authors of each chapter evaluate the diversity of clinical applications of these new instruments in SLD, and their important implications for educational intervention. The historical context and the underlying neuropsychological and cognitive theory are also expertly examined. This book will be essential reading for any practitioner or trainee dealing with specific learning issues in young people.

The assessment of specific learning disabilities and disorders (SLD) has long been a controversial topic whose definition, diagnosis, and treatment have been vigorously debated for decades. However, in recent times there have been many new assessment tools devised for measuring intelligence and neuropsychological functioning, extending well beyond the scope of Wechsler's scales. In this cutting-edge survey, an international team of leaders in the field examines the available methods. Many of the contributors are themselves the developers of the most recent assessment tests. The contributors evaluate the diversity of clinical applications of these new instruments in SLD, and their important implications for educational intervention. The historical context and the underlying neuropsychological and cognitive theory are also expertly examined. This book will be essential reading for any practitioner or trainee dealing with specific learning issues in young people.

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Reviewer: Rajitha Avva, BS, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book describes learning disabilities and focuses on the different scales and tests that are used to assess specific learning disabilities.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe many new methods developed for the neuropsychological, intellectual, and language assessment of children, adolescents, and adults. In addition, the purpose is to highlight these methods as alternatives to the Weschler scales. These objectives are useful because the assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities has been controversial.
Audience: This book is written for anyone interested in the assessment of learning disabilities and specifically for graduate students in special education and psychology. It is, in addition, helpful for practicing and research-oriented psychologists. The editors have developed and published several tests of intelligence, achievement, and neuropsychological functioning.
Features: The book discusses the difficulties in assessing learning disabilities and the multiple methods and scales that are useful for diagnosing specific learning disorders. In addition, it focuses on the neuropsychological aspects of learning disorders and the different scales that are used to assess this aspect. The book uses examples in every chapter to show the clinical application of these tests.
Assessment: This book gives a very detailed description of the tests and scales available for the assessment of learning disorders. It is most useful for students of psychology and for those who use these testing measures.

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

Preface Alan S. Kaufman and Nadeen L. Kaufman; Part I. History and Tradition: 1. History lessons Margaret Jo Shepherd; 2. The Wechsler intelligence scales Gary Groth-Marnat; Part II. Alternative Cognitive Approaches to Learning Disabilities Assessment and Remediation: 3. Applications of the Woodcock–Johnson tests of cognitive ability - revised (WJ-R) to the diagnosis of learning disabilities Nancy Mather and Richard W. Woodcock; 4. The Kaufman tests - K-ABC and KAIT Elizabeth O. Lichtenberger; 5. Using the cognitive assessment system with learning disabled children Jack A. Naglieri; 6. Application of the British Ability Scales (BAS II) and Differential Ability Scales (DAS) for the assessment of specific learning disabilities Colin D. Elliott; 7. Is dynamic assessment compatible with the psychometric model? Reuven Feuerstein and Raphael S. Feuerstein; 8. Multi-perspective, clinical-educational assessments of language disorders Elisabeth H. Wiig; Part III. Neuropsychological Approaches to Learning Disabilities Assessment and Remediation: 9. Learning disabilities and their neurological foundations, theories, and subtypes Otfried Spreen; 10. The Halstead–Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery: research findings and clinical application Ralph M. Reitan and Deborah Wolfson; 11. Developmental assessment of neurological function with the aid of the NEPSY Marit Korkman, Sarah L. Kemp and Ursula Kirk; 12. Clinical neuropsychological assessment of child and adolescent memory with the WRAML, TOMAL, and CVLT-C Erin D. Bigler and Wayne V. Adams; Part IV. Integration and Summation: 13. Assessment of specific learning disabilities in the new millennium: issues, conflicts, and controversies Alan S. Kaufman and Nadeen L. Kaufman; Index.

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