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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (November 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572307870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572307872
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, by Harvard psychologists Ellen Braaten, PhD, and Gretchen Felopulos, PhD, would have saved me many sleepless nights. It covers just about everything parents need to know about testing....The book takes a user-friendly 'who, what, when, how' approach, with many case studies. Odds are, you'll find your own questions answered, as I did."--Terry Matlen, MSW, mother of a child with special needs

"Psychological testing is an invaluable resource in helping to determine what may be problematic with your child. This book is an extraordinary reference for parents and professionals in truly understanding when to use, and how to interpret, the various psychological tests available. Drs. Braaten and Felopulos provide an exceptional service by distilling complex information into a very readable and pragmatic guide."--Timothy E. Wilens, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

"At last! A superb book for the lay person about psychological testing. It is highly informative, extremely interesting, and it is really fun to read. Braaten and Felopulos have written a totally engrossing book on a topic that is usually deadly dull. Their secret is to give testing a human face and describe how it points the way to solutions for many kinds of human suffering. They write with clarity, but also with heart. They are clear, without oversimplifying. They cover a huge amount of ground, but allow the reader to enjoy the ride. This is the best book of its kind that I have ever seen."--Edward M. Hallowell, MD, author of The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness and coauthor of Driven to Distraction

"For parents wrestling with the question of how best to help a child struggling with school or with social or behavioral problems, this book is an absolute godsend. Clarifying what psychological testing is and what it can tell parents about their child, Drs. Braaten and Felopulos manage not only to demystify these complex diagnostic tools but also to teach parents about child development in general. Warm and wonderfully reassuring, the authors convey their extensive knowledge and clinical experience in language that is clear, direct, and accessible. Parents will appreciate the effort to highlight important terminology, the Q & A sections, and especially the affirming message that their 'non-expert' insights and understanding of their child are invaluable."--Bonnie Ohye, PhD

"Professional psychologists, while mindful of the complexities associated with psychological testing, often fail to remember how intimidating the process can be for parents and families. Drs. Braaten and Felopulos provide an excellent review of the psychological testing process from the beginning to the closing stages. The book will be both enormously helpful to parents and instructive to professional psychologists, social workers, school-based professionals, and graduate students. This is a very valuable book."--Tanya L. Eckert, PhD, School Psychology Program, Syracuse University


"The authors offer extensive, readable information for parents regarding the many tests for various disorders of childhood. The presentation is in format that makes the information easily accessible....Contains a wealth of information that is accurate and practical. It can be recommended to parents, or used as a textbook. One of the strengths of this book is its acknowledgment of the place that speech and language pathologists have in the treatment of many of the disorders presented. In this regard, the book can be an adjunct text for graduate students in speech and language pathology, educational psychology, or pastoral counseling. In each case, the professional will have very practical information for working with parents and children."--Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health
(Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health 2003-11-28)

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I. Where Do I Begin? 1. How Do I Know My Child Needs Testing? 2. What Is Involved in a Testing Evaluation? 3. Who Is Qualified to Conduct the Evaluation? II. A Practical Guide to Commonly Used Tests 4. The Tests: What Are They and What Do They Do? 5. What Do All the Numbers Mean? III. Common Childhood Disorders 6. Dyslexia 7. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 8. Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Asperger Syndrome 9. Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder 10. Mathematics Disorder and Disorder of Written Expression 11. Children at the Extremes: Mental Retardation and Giftedness

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In my child psychology practice, I recommend this book a lot.
Christopher Alexander
If you're one of the thousands of families with a special need child, this book can help de-mystify the psychological referral and testing process.
A. Robinson
It offers easy to understand language and is less dry than a typical book of the sort.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I picked up "Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids" with the intention of giving it as a gift to a friend with an ADHD child. As I flipped its pages I was stunned with the amount of information and insight it contained regarding children that didn't seem challenging at all. From gifted children to teenagers that have become withdrawn or disinterested. Many suffer needlessly without an evaluation at some point in their lives. This is not to say that Braaten and Felopulos are pushing testing on anybody. In a very friendly way they discuss many childhood disorders, and offer up the options, costs, pros and cons of each. They explain how to use testing to get the best help for the child, and as a result, will provide the ultimate gift to their readers-HOPE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Robinson on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
The Editorial reviews give you enough information about what's in this book. Let me just add that as a mom of a special needs daughter, I thought the book was fabulous. I recommended that my local library get it, and they did.

If you're one of the thousands of families with a special need child, this book can help de-mystify the psychological referral and testing process. What test do they use? What do each measure? And who are all these different psychological-professionals?

It's written in an easy to read manner, and offers a strong focus on how to negotiate the world of psychological tests- either within the school system or privately.

If you're not sure - borrow a copy from the library. You'll end up purchasing one for yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jaja on July 7, 2009
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This was an excellent book. It was the first time I read a book that related performance in various IQ and other subtests to various disorders in children. It was eye opening. I would love to talk to the authors to get more insight into my child's specific circumstance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Mallory on April 7, 2008
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If you might or are going to have, or have had a neuropsychological evaluation for yourself or your child, you will find this book is a great resource for you. Its purpose is to help parents decide if (1) their child could benefit from psychological testing, (2) what it would involve, and (3) how can they get one done. Throughout the book the authors help readers identify and articulate their concerns by posing questions, and provide straight-forward answers. They explain many common psychological tests, including what they measure, what to expect during a test, and how to interpret each test's results. A neuropsychological report has a lot of technical terms, numbers, scores and statistical analyses, which can be overwhelming, and this book can be help you prepare for testing, understand the results and the tester's recommendation, and how one can put the results to use to help your child. They have straightforward, objective and supportive explanations of the major psychological disorders found in children, and recommend further reading. In short, you will be better prepared to explain what the tests will be like to your child, why they may be useful for them, and then to advocate for your child's needs.
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