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Paperback Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids Book

ISBN: 1572307870

ISBN13: 9781572307872

Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

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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 child. Two Harvard experts 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...

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Great Resource for Parents

In my child psychology practice, I recommend this book a lot. It doesn't tell parents what to do, but it lays out the options in an easy-to-understand manner. In my opinion, medication management with certain children is absolutely necessary. I work with foster and adopted children, for example, where mental health problems can be significant. Most research points to only a 30% success rate with medication, so it cannot be a stand-alone treatment. My only reservation about the book is that the author didn't devote enough attention to the warnings about psychotroic use with children. This shouldn't discourage parents from reading the book, but read up on the warnings at other sources, most of which can be found online. Finally, I firmly believe that medication for children should only be administered by a child psychiatrist, even if you, the parent, have to drive a good distance to find one.

I found all the answers to my questions! It's great resource for Parents.

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.

User-friendly. Invaluable information

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.

In-depth information on the testing process

Psychological testing is very useful, but is complex and often misunderstood. This book covers the topic from many angles. Why should you get testing? Who does testing? How do you pay for it? What do you do with it once you have it? This is probably not your spring break beach book. The book packs a lot of detailed information that could be useful for parents and health professionals. The authors use many brief vignettes to illustrate the information. However, it may be too dense and comprehensive for some individuals. If you don't want to read it straight through, you could use it as a reference book to look up information on particular tests or diagnoses. Schools might do well to purchase this book for use by some of their staff. The book is organized by diagnosis (such as Dyslexia, AD/HD, Autism) and by types of psychological tests (such as intelligence tests, achievement tests and projective tests.) I particularly liked the section on starting the process of psychological testing. This type of testing is very expensive and it is often difficult to get schools or private insruance to pay for it. There was practical information on funding for tests and the pros and cons of getting expensive private testing or free public school testing. Since many parents are going to be using the testing to try to get special education services, the authors give an overview of the special education hearing procedures. A lot of abbreviations are used here, so read carefully. In each section on diagnoses, the authors talk about sharing information with the child or adolescent. They discuss practical ways that one might use the test results to guide the child's education and treatment. They attempt to be practical. I would have liked to hear more about the role of psychological testing when an adolescent is trying to get special accomodations on tests like the SAT. Overall, this is an excellent discussion of a complex topic. Parents who read it will have an easier time advocating for their children in school placement meetings. they may also find it easier to see the child in the scales and numbers.

This book is a parents best friend!

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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