A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools
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Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, is a scientist, researcher, and practitioner. He is a certified school psychologist, chartered educational psychologist, chartered scientist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. He is also a university educator and teaches graduate courses in psychological assessment, clinical intervention, and child and adolescent psychopathology at Nova Southeastern University, Florida.
*Winner in the Education/Academic category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards**Shortlisted for the 2011 NASEN Award 'The Special Needs Academic Book'*With a focus on best practice and the importance of early diagnosis, this book provides a practical and scientifically-based approach to the assessment and diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and autism spectrum conditions. This book offers a balance of conceptual, practical and empirical information designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap in identifying, assessing, and treating school-aged children with autism-related conditions. Assessment tools and intervention strategies will support school-based professionals in:· identifying and assessing young people with high-functioning autism spectrum conditions· developing and implementing classroom-based intervention programs· initiating a dialogue between parents and teachers· accessing community resources· promoting special needs advocacy.With illustrative case studies, FAQs, quick reference boxes, and a glossary, this accessible guide will appeal to teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social work practitioners and students.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
; March 2010
208 pages; ISBN 9780857003751Read online
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Title: A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools
Author: Lee Wilkinson
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In the preface the author promises to "provide the reader with a balance of conceptual, practical, and empirical information," and that is exactly what readers will find throughout this comprehensive and well-documented treatise on assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum conditions...The children, referenced throughout the book, later serve as illustrative examples of how to apply best-practice techniques to the identification and assessment of children on the autism spectrum. As such Dr. Wilkinson provides readers with a well-designed and easy-to-follow blueprint to guide application in the school setting. The book is exquisitely organized, making it an easy-to-access reference guide as well as a comprehensive text book and training manual...Along the way, Dr. Wilkinson makes a strong and convincing case for adopting a dimensional, as opposed to a categorical approach to autism spectrum conditions, given that the former focuses on adaptive functioning which will serve the child well over the long haul, in contrast to the latter approach which focuses o the descriptive and ore immediate elements of behaviour... Leaving no stone unturned, Dr. Wilkinson goes beyond assessment procedures to examine some of the scientifically base and controversial interventions in ASD... Dr. Wilkinson has made an enormous contribution to the field by comprehensively and systematically illuminating not only what needs to be done, but also how to go about doing it. That "recipe" alone would be worth the read, but he goes on to supply the actual "ingredients" (in the form of both formal and informal assessment procedures and instruments) that, when properly applied, can "serve up" intervention protocols that are based upon the documented needs of children with autism spectrum conditions. Clearly, this is a very important book, destined to become a classic in the field!