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Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment

ISBN: 978-1-118-23455-6
240 pages
March 2012
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Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to utilize the varied assessments frequently used in evaluating autism spectrum disorders

With both the detection and awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) on the rise, there is an urgent need for an increasing number of professionals to not only learn about the nature and course of the various autism spectrum disorders, but also to know how to identify, assess, and diagnose the presence of these disorders. Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment addresses the main domains of assessment, defines the purpose of the assessment, suggests test instruments, and discusses the unique clinical applications of each instrument to the diagnosis of ASD.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Providing an in-depth look at ASD evaluation and assessment, this straightforward book includes samples of integrated reports from comprehensive model diagnostic evaluations and prepares clinical and school psychologists, as well as speech and language pathologists, to effectively evaluate and assess ASD.

  • Complete coverage of the identification andassessment of autism spectrum disorders

  • Expert advice on avoiding common pitfalls

  • Conveniently formatted for rapid reference

Other titles in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series:

  • Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention

  • Essentials of Assessment Report Writing

  • Essentials of School Neuropsychological Assessment

  • Essentials of Evidence-Based Academic Interventions

  • Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification

  • Essentials of Processing Assessment

  • Essentials of Executive Function Assessment

  • Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment, Second Edition

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Series Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xv

One Overview 1

Diagnostic Criteria 2

Asperger Syndrome 3

Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified 5

Rett's Disorder and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder 8

DSM-5 9

Two Assessment of Level of Functioning 13

Selecting Instruments 14

Developmental and Early Cognitive Measures 16

Cognitive Assessments 19

Neuropsychological Assessments 28

Qualitative Observations 31

Summary 33

Test Yourself 36

Answers 37

Three Speech, Language, and Communication Assessment 39

Receptive Language 42

Expressive Language 44

Pragmatic Language/Social Communication 47

Stages of Language Development 48

Formulation of Findings 51

Summary 55

Test Yourself 57

Answers 58

Four Assessment of Behavioral Profiles 59

Standardized Assessments of Behavior 60

Functional Behavior Assessment 61

Assessment of Adaptive Behavior 64

Summary 70

Test Yourself 72

Answers 73

Five Clinical Interview and Record Review 75

Clinical Interview 76

Methods of Collecting Information on Current and Historical Presentation 87

Summary 94

Test Yourself 97

Answers 98

Six Direct Diagnostic Assessment 99

Direct Observation 99

Diagnostic Assessment 100

Semistructured Measures for Diagnostic Assessment 116

Summary 119

Test Yourself 120

Answers 122

Seven Diagnostic Differentials and Comorbidity 123

Intellectual Disability 124

Learning Profiles 130

Specific Language Impairment 134

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 135

Anxiety and Tic Disorders 137

Mood Disorders 141

Psychiatric Conditions in Adulthood 143

Summary 146

Test Yourself 150

Answers 151

Eight Case Conceptualization and Integrated Report Writing 153

The Parent Conference 153

The Written Report 154

Case Samples 155

Case Sample: Initial Diagnosis—Toddler 156

Case Sample: School-Aged Child With ASD 171

Annotated Bibliography 197

About the Authors 201

Author Index 203

Subject Index 207

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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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