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on January 24, 2013
I have to admit here that I am not reviewing this book from the perspective of a psychologist. I am a special educator, and I am looking at it not as the writer of assessment reports, but as the reader of those reports. Often, we look at the numbers, tables and the technical terminology, and it all fades into meaningless jargon. These "Essenbtials of Psychological Assessment" books are very useful because they help me to read and gather meaningful data from those assessment reports. They also include introduction segments that clearly define and explain not only the conditions, but also a lot of the technical terminology being used.
This book starts with a general overview of Executive Functions - what are they?
Often the term is used in school to mean personal organization (Things in bookbag, use of agenda for time management, assignments turned in on time, etc), but actually is is more complicated than that. The section provides a model of executive functioning that encompasses several different domains (perception, emotion, cognition, action), and has impact across most major life functions. It also provides a relatively simple model for understanding the concept - executive function as the 'co-conductor' of an orchestra of input, cognition, and action. This is not the deepest or most thorough study of the subject. It is provided to set the basis for the bulk of the book, which is assessment. The book then goes into depth on the various assessments, (strengths and weaknesses of each, and how to interpret the various test/subtest scores - this is dry, but can be useful if you are trying to interpret scores with papers and test protocols in hand. The book is filled with rapid reference tables. These tend to centralize the data and help when you are trying to cut through to the important materials. There is a CD with several of the appendices in it. This includes some interview questions of teachers/parents use. I do not reccommend that untrained personnel use these are assessment tools, but they can provide some insight. Obviously, this is not light reading. It is not a good book if you are trying to learn about Executive Functioning and Executive Functioning Deficits. On the other hand, if you need a reference to understand what thosr reports mean, then this is a very handy and useful tool.