*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.
Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, is a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist, chartered psychologist, registered psychologist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Dr Wilkinson provides consultation services and best practice guidance to school systems, agencies, advocacy groups, and professionals on a wide variety of topics related to children and youth with autism spectrum conditions. He is also a university educator and school psychology trainer. His research and professional writing has focused primarily on behavioral consultation and therapy, and evidence-based practice in assessment and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has published numerous journal articles on these subjects both in the US and internationally.
Acknowledgements. Preface. Foreword by Diane Twachtman-Cullen.1. Introduction and Overview. 2. Best Practice in Screening. 3. Best Practice in Assessment. 4. Case Examples: Jeremy and Sally. 5. Best Practice for Intervention and Treatment. 6. Best Practice in Special Needs Education. 7. Future Directions and Conclusion. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Glossary of Terms. Glossary of Acronyms. Appendix A: The Autism Spectrum Quotient-Children's Version (AQ-Child). Appendix B: Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST). Appendix C: ASD Assessment Worksheet. Appendix D: Observation Checklist. Appendix E: IDEA Disability Categories. Appendix F: A Summary of DSM-IV-TR. Criteria. Appendix G: Sample IEP Goals and Objectives. Appendix H: Resources for Further Infomation. Index to Best Practice Recommendations. About the Author. References. Index
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