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Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

No. 8670


by Ellen Braaten and Gretchen Felopulos
This authoritative guide gives parents the inside scoop on how psychological testing works and how to use testing to get the best help for their children. Child psychology experts Drs. Braaten and Felopulos spell out the entire process of testing for dyslexia, ADHD, math and reading disorders, Asperger syndrome, depression, anxiety, and other common childhood problems. Parents learn what different tests actually measure and how to "crack the code" of jargon-filled reports, numerical scores, and educational recommendations. Also discussed are key qualifications to look for in evaluators, what kinds of testing schools are required to provide, and when to consider paying for private testing instead. Comprehensive and accessible, the book includes tips on making testing less stressful for children and loads of resources, FAQs, and examples. (260 pp.)

Table of Contents
Introduction
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
12. Depression, Anxiety, and Other Psychological Concerns
Resources

About the authors
Ellen Braaten, PhD, is the track director of the Child/Adult and Neuropsychology training programs at Massachusetts General Hospital and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braaten is a staff psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital's Psychology Assessment Center, where she specializes in child neuropsychology. She has authored numerous scientific papers and chapters on children with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and learning disabilities.

Gretchen Felopulos, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist on the Massachusetts General Hospital staff in Child Psychiatry and in its Psychology Assessment Center. She is also on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts. In addition to her specialization in pediatric neuropsychology and psychological testing, Dr. Felopulos provides psychotherapy to children as well as parental guidance. She is a primary supervisor for psychology interns studying the process of testing, and she teaches many seminars each year to interns and residents on the topic of children and testing.

 

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