Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, First Edition

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Significant progress has been made in assessing children with autism spectrum disorders, but the field has lacked a single, comprehensive resource that assembles current best practices within a unified assessment framework. This authoritative book demonstrates how to craft a complete, scientifically grounded, and clinically useful portrait of a child's strengths and difficulties in social behavior, language and communication, intellectual functioning, motor skills, and other key areas of impairment and comorbidity. Leading experts illustrate ways in which school and clinical practitioners can integrate data from a variety of sources to improve the accuracy of diagnosis and inform the development of individualized interventions.
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Sam Goldstein, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah and Affiliate Research Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. He is a clinical neuropsychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. Dr. Goldstein is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders and is on the editorial boards of six journals. His publications include 26 texts, numerous book chapters, and peer-reviewed research articles. With Jack A. Naglieri, he is the author of the Autism Spectrum Rating Scales.

 

Jack A. Naglieri, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Foundation’s Institute for Clinical Training and Research. He is a Fellow of Division 16 of the American Psychological Association and recipient of its 2001 Senior Scientist Award. Dr. Naglieri’s recent research includes specific learning disability eligibility determination, cognitive assessment and interventions, and measurement of psychopathology and resilience. He is the author of more than 250 publications, including a number of tests.

 

Sally Ozonoff, PhD, is Endowed Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California, Davis. Her current research focuses on onset patterns in autism, very early identification, and risk factors for autistic regression. Dr. Ozonoff has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and two other books, A Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Research Review for Practitioners.

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Guilford Press
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Published on
Sep 19, 2008
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781606237465
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Language
English
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Genres
Education / Special Education / Behavioral, Emotional & Social Disabilities
Medical / Psychiatry / Child & Adolescent
Psychology / Assessment, Testing & Measurement
Psychology / Psychopathology / Autism Spectrum Disorders
Psychology / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
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