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DSM-IV Diagnosis in the Schools, Revised Edition (Guilford School Practitioner) Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1572307599
ISBN-10: 1574445200
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"School psychologists are increasingly being required to supply DSM-IV diagnoses for the children and adolescents they work with. Reflecting the author's more than 20 years of experience in child assessment and diagnosis, this comprehensive book familiarizes readers with the many features of DSM-IV. House provides useful decision trees for differential diagnosis and illuminates complex diagnostic and professional issues with examples drawn from school-based practice. This uniquely practical book should be required reading for all current and future school practitioners."--Mark E. Swerdlik, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in School Psychology, Illinois State University

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School psychologists are increasingly being required to supply DSM-IV diagnoses for the children and adolescents they work with. Reflecting the author's more than 20 years of experience in child assessment and diagnosis, this comprehensive book familiarizes readers with the many features of the DSM-IV. House provides useful decision trees for differential diagnosis and illuminates complex diagnostic and professional issues with examples drawn from school-based practice. This uniquely practical book should be required reading for all current and future school practitioners (Mark E. Swerdlik, PhD, Illinois State University). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Guilford School Practitioner
  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; Revised edition (January 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574445200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572307599
  • ASIN: 1572307595
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Dann on October 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Alvin House incorporates some true wisdom into this reference. Indeed they are in my opinion bits of details that are either not taught in grad schools or not emphasized in training people to work with school populations. As opposed to adults, he points up, children's diagnoses are fluid and evolving- there are, if we are effectively treating the conditions, more opportunities to bypass chronicity and co-morbid patterns. Less matching symptom to condition to diagnosis. (Another reason, for the No Child Left Behind Folks- to re-evaluate frequently- not, as they would have, to eliminate the need for the 3 year requirement.) Furthermore, he warns of a real personal irritant, and that is NOT TO TAKE KIDS AT THEIR WORD, when discussing their emotions and their reactions to their world. He puts it better than anyone I've ever heard when he says that when you're ruling out mental illness, depression, anxiety, etc. remember, "Kids walk the walk, they don't talk the talk!." You need to use collateral information, observation, medical reports, etc. Some other gems-Always be careful with a personality diagnosis and never diagnose when the youngster is in the throes of an acute mood disorder, depressive reaction, adjustment,etc.
The integration of the revised manual with the latest IDEA interpretations is the best that I have found. Read the complicated but controversial 'label' and 'classification' debacle for Social Maladjustment and/ or Disruptive Behaviors. The former does not qualify for an IEP but the latter as a condition of ADD and many others- does. Look out as well for the changes relative to those and the politicized furor over discipline in special education.
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This is a well organized, clearly written text that takes the reader step by step through the DSM-IV process. It presents a strong rationale for the use of the DSM-IV in schools and points to the importance of developing a clinical perspective within the field of school psychology. This is a wonderful text. It should be required for all school psychology students.
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While this book has some information that is very useful, the organization of information makes it difficult to pull resources or information quickly. Rather than being able to open up to multiple sections in order to find 1 or 2 pieces of information, I found that I was having to read entire chapters. Even then, the information glossed the surface and did not provide me with thorough enough ideas that I could apply. Still, for a general reference that you can use to pull 1 or 2 paragraphs from for parents, this is a useful resource.
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This is a excellent resource for the special education teacher. The information given in this book helps decipher many terms used in psychiatric evaluation of students with special needs. This is definitely a valuable tool for anyone working in Special Education.
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DMSIV is very useful for special education teachers and transition specialists because special education eligibility ends with high school graduation. Postsecondary education, however, typically requires diagnoses found in DSMIV. For example, students with OHI designations need to provide employment and higher education with diagnoses such as ADHD. Students are more likely to receive accommodations when documentation is complete and includes a recognized disability.
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