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ISBN-13: 978-0470621943 ISBN-10: 047062194X Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047062194X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470621943
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Celine A. Saulnier, Ph.D., is the Director of Clinical Research at the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Assistant Professor (CT) in the Division of Autism and Related Disorders, Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Previously at Yale, Dr. Saulnier was both the Training Director and the Clinical Director for the Autism Program where she oversaw, conducted, and supervised multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations on individuals with autism and related disorders from infancy through young adulthood. She has also conducted hundreds of nationwide workshops on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders resulting in her being awarded the Outstanding Educator Award for Mental Health Education by the New England Educational Institute.

Pamela Ventola, Ph.D., is on the faculty at the Yale Child Study Center, Autism Program. Dr. Ventola has vast experience conducting psychological assessments on children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Her current research focuses on neuropsychological processes in children with autism. Dr. Ventola has written numerous scholarly journal articles and book chapters on developmental disabilities.


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This well organized reference contains chapter bibliographies, a logical table of contents and an index.
Diana De Avila
Because this is a resource book designed for quick use, it wisely stays away things such as controversies on the nature of autism.
Theseus
It includes many of the diagnotic terms you could find in reports and it also includes all of the tests described in the book.
A. D. Boorman

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Rodriguez VINE VOICE on July 25, 2012
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I am a high school teacher and I am always surprised how many students actually make it through the system up until high school showing signs of Autism or Aspergers, but have never been tested or diagnosed (kind of sad, actually) so I'm always looking for resources that help me become more in tune with identifying these disorders. Although that is not a teacher's job (officially, anyway) to offer a formal evaluation, this book asks a lot of questions about behaviors that allow anyone who is around the child take note of. It also has a lot of smaller boxes with quick cautions, suggestions, and references if you don't have time to read the whole chapter right then, this allows you to quickly flip through and get the main ideas. Another thing that I think is great is that it is written in layman's terms so even teachers or parents who are not educated in advance psychology can understand the terms and explanations. Overall, this is a great resource and I am sure I will be passing it around to all my teacher friends!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana De Avila TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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This is my first review of one of the books in the "Essentials of Psychological Assessment Series" and I was pleased with the presentation and format of material. Despite it's diminutive size, this "Essentials" book will provide a great tool for a Clinician's arsenal. The format provides highlighted chunks of information in gray boxes peppered throughout the text -- these boxes contain important information relevant to the chapter subject matter. Like any book of it's type, this provides a nice visual break.

"Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment" is a timely book released in anticipation of the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) which is scheduled for release in 2013. These changes will affect the way pervasive developmental disorders are viewed, assessed and diagnosed. As the title of this book suggests, PDD's are no longer seen in categorically specific subtypes but will be assessed as one thing: Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The book focuses on the broad spectrum of autism versus the subtypes embraced in the DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR Fourth Edition (Text Revision). Although this appears to be a huge shift in thinking, the authors present a logical approach focusing more on Autistic Spectrum differentials and other neurodevelopmental disorders rather than distinguishing among the ASD subtypes. This approach anticipates the DSM-V changes and gives a provider a head-start on theory and practice before the DSM-V change hits the bookshelves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
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I am not a professional, but rather a parent of a daughter with autism, age 7. I was interested in reading this book to get a view of how autism is evaluated, and to better understand her diagnosis. This book was quite helpful. It was clear in defining different types of autism and Aspergers, and in giving sidebars that clarified many points. I especially liked how it often cautioned that children might talk in a way that sounds like they have more speech than they do, as much of the speech might be echolalia. This happens often with my daughter, leading people to assume she can understand more than she can. I liked the case studies at the end, which followed the full procedure for evaluating and diagnosing two children. I do wish there had been more cases like this, including perhaps an older child or a child that didn't actually turn to out have autism.

I'm not sure if it would be worth it for a parent to buy this book, but it's worth them reading, if from the library. I do think a professional involved in evaluating autism would find it worth buying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Boorman VINE VOICE on October 15, 2012
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I'm not looking at this book as a psychologist. I am a Special Educator. I am also a parent of children on the Autism Spectrum. I remember over a decade ago, ASDs were described as "Low Incidence," and there was not a lot of information available. What there was was often written for clinical use only and it was filled with technical jargon. Fortunately, we live in an era where there is much more information available for laymen. As parents and others are clamoring for documentation to be accessible, Special Education has generally complied. Minutes, reports, observations, etc are written in plain English.

Unfortunately, there are those assessment reports! They often contain tables of battery/test/subtest scores, Acronyms and unexplained references.

Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment (hereafter "Essentials") was not designed to make the Layman's job easier. It does fulfill the purpose. If you are reading and trying to understandan assessment report, this book can help you to decipher the jargon. It actually explains what the various tests are, what the terminology means, and what 'normal' scores are. There is even limited discussion of the value of different tests - even noting the time required to administer certain tests!

Essentials starts with an overview which described the spectrumk in detail and the differences between the various diagnoses. It also explains in some detail this new issue about the DSM changing Aspergers Syndrome. Incredibly, this is attributed to Psychologists using the DSM improperly!

Assessment of Level of Functioning is an important section because it lays out a lot of the basic types of assessments that will be used and explains the purpose of each of these categories.
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