Manuals & Resources
Brainstorming: Using Neuropsychology in the Schools
BY COLLEEN JIRON, PHD, ABPP-CN
Here is a practical, hands-on guide to using neuropsychology in the schools. Written for school psychologists, special education professionals, teachers, diagnosticians, occupational therapists, and speech–language pathologists, this handbook shows you how to use cognitive and emotional/behavioral assessments to create educational plans that make sense in the real world. For the school professional who must evaluate and educate children with Attention-Deficit Disorder, Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder, learning disorders, autism, or other problems, this is an invaluable guidebook. Experienced neuropsychologists also may find it useful, as it provides an insider’s view of the school setting.
Following a general discussion of neuropsychology and school psychology, the book describes assessment from a neuropsychological perspective, looking at six cognitive domains and the relationship of each to performance patterns. The author analyzes Wechsler subtests from both a conventional perspective and a neuropsychological, “process” perspective.
Subsequent chapters explain how to obtain, document, and report assessment results and how to find and describe patterns within those results. Included, and available separately, is a Score Summary Form that allows you to easily integrate test results from measures of intellectual ability, academic achievement, attention, sensorimotor skills, visuospatial skills, language, memory, and executive processing.
Common referral problems and associated test score patterns are also examined. The author looks at empathic language, cognitive psychology, and self-talk as tools for improving learning and behavior. Final chapters show the reader how to use assessment results to help the student, how to take a neuropsychological approach to intervention, and how to enlist the support of others involved in the child’s life. The text is punctuated throughout with “Smart Tips” that save you time and energy while making your work more effective.
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