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ISBN-13: 978-0470621950 ISBN-10: 0470621958 Edition: 3rd
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The Cross-Battery Assessment approach—also referred to as the XBA approach—is a time-efficient assessment method grounded solidly in contemporary theory and research. The XBA approach systematically integrates data across cognitive, achievement, and neuropsychological batteries, enabling practitioners to expand their traditional assessments to more comprehensively address referral concerns. This approach also includes guidelines for identification of specific learning disabilities and assessment of cognitive strengths and weaknesses in individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Third Edition is designed to help busy practitioners quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of psychological assessment instruments. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you to gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Third Edition is updated to include the latest editions of cognitive ability batteries, such as the WISC-IV, WAIS-IV, and WJ III COG, and special purpose cognitive tests including the WMS-IV and TOMAL-II. This book now also covers many neuropsychological batteries such as the NEPSY-II and D-KEFS and provides extensive coverage of achievement batteries and special purpose tests, including the WIAT-III, KM-3, WRMT-III and TOWL-4. In all, this book includes over 100 psychological batteries and 750 subtests, all of which are classified according to CHC, and many according to neuropsychological theory. This useful guide includes a timesaving CD-ROM, Essential Tools for Cross-Battery Assessment (XBA) Applications and Interpretation, which allows users to enter data and review results and interpretive statements that may be included in psychological reports.

  • Clear guidance on integrating cognitive, academic and neuropsychological tests
  • Expert advice on identifying specific learning disabilities
  • Conveniently formatted for rapid reference

Other titles in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series:

  • Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification
  • Essentials of WAIS-IV Assessment, Second Edition
  • Essentials of WISC-IV Assessment, Second Edition
  • Essentials of WJ III Tests of Achievement Assessment
  • Essentials of Processing Assessment
  • Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment, Second Edition
  • Essentials of School Neuropsychological Assessment, Second Edition
  • Essentials of Evidence-Based Academic Interventions

About the Author

DAWN P. FLANAGAN, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in Queens, NY, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, School of Medicine.

SAMUEL O. ORTIZ, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at St. John's University in Queens, NY.

VINCENT C. ALFONSO, PhD, is Professor of School Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University, New York, New York.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470621958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470621950
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Poza on June 1, 2013
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This book is designed for professionals who mainly need to use multiple testing measures in order to discern specific weaknesses that contribute to problems children have in learning. For example, if a child is having difficulty reading, the book helps you design a test to figure out what cognitive issue may be impeding their abilities in that area. It includes information on what areas of major intelligence tests reflect particular issues related to core learning capabilities (math, reading, writing, etc.) to aid in test design as well as information on how to interpret data from such testing. It also includes an overview of the theories that go into intelligence testing and what various components are designed to measure, but this overview is not for novices. The book is incredibly dense and deep and is clearly designed for those well-versed in theories of human cognitive capacity and learning. As another reviewer has noted, it is full of jargon and abbreviations that those unfamiliar with the field will have difficulty understanding and reads like an advanced textbook. This is not a short-coming of the book, but simply a statement of fact. It did not detract from my sense that it is a powerfully useful tool in creating or administering cross-battery assessment tests.

The particular strengths of this book beyond the cogent explanations of the theories behind the tests as well as rational critical analysis of the weakness of XBA (cross battery assessment) is the pages and pages of tables that provide handy reference for professionals. A great deal of work has been saved for those who wish to locate particular resources in designing an XBA. The book is also structured with boxed out sections reminding one of or emphasizing certain points.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C.J. Hustwick VINE VOICE on June 6, 2013
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Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found this book to be a very well-written and laid out guide to the very complicated subject of XBA analysis. Yes, it's quite dense on acronyms and can get a bit dizzying at times, but it's the nature of the beast when combining multiple techniques and metrics. Cross-battery assessment is by its nature very technical and this book is not dumbed-down; as a professional you should be conversant in this kind of presentation of the material and if not, this will get you up to speed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on June 7, 2013
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This book is a comprehensive guide to cross-battery assessment. I love the tables and guides on the CD to help with data interpretation. As a school psychologist, I find this a great tool for staying abreast of the new and most effective ways to assess student skills.
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One of the main problems I used to find when others assessed my students was how to interpret their findings. Yes, I was familiar with all the tests, but exactly what were they looking for/at? I knew a child's general capabilities, but the Cross-Battery Assessment (XBA), "a method of assessing cognitive and academic abilities and neuropsychological processes," is much more specific, looking at a broad base of cognitive abilities. Not only would one who is doing the testing benefit from this expansive book, but also the teacher or counselor who needs to interpret and work with it. Yes, much of the test data is theoretical, but can have practical applications if one knows how to work with the material.

For example, when looking at an intellectual disability (ID) and a coexisting learning disability (LD), pinpointing deficits would have helped me formulate realistic goals that could be included in the IEP. There are numerous informative sidebars interspersed throughout this book in the form of tables, "Rapid References," and prompts that help and remind one to incorporate specific assessments into the formula. The ability to interpret test results can be critical. I used to assess students, but also had to spend more time with other teachers discussing what my results meant than it did to do the assessment.

The XBA approach is based on the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory, one that is thoroughly covered in the overview. Historically there has been a wide chasm between "intellectual theory," testing and useful application. Hopefully the XBA will be able to help classroom teachers, psychologists, mental health workers, and others utilize this material. The expansive references listed at the end of each chapter, the appendices, and the CD, are excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on June 26, 2013
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This is a comprehensive examination of cross battery assessment. It is well researched but dense and dry. There are many charts and a substantial portion of the book contains the appendices. These are extremely helpful in clarifying the text material. There is also a cd which contains interactive spreadsheets.

This book is designed for professionals and assumes a certain understanding of the concepts and methodology employed in administration and analysis of these assessments. This is a pity as the material would be of service to others, including parents and others dealing with learning disabilities. I applaud the inclusion of the chapter on addressing cultural and linguistic differences.

While valuable to professional, the material is too obtuse for the layman. Recommended for the target audience.
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