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Straight talk about psychological testing for kids
Braaten, Ellen.
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New York : Guilford Press, [2004]

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x, 260 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
How do I know my child needs testing? -- What is involved in a testing evaluation? -- Who is qualified to conduct the evaluation? -- The tests : what are they and what do they do? -- What do all the numbers mean? -- Dyslexia -- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder -- Nonverbal learning disorders and Asperger syndrome -- Autism and pervasive developmental disorder -- Mathematics disorder and disorder of written expression -- Children at the extremes : mental retardation and giftedness -- Depression, anxiety, and other psychological concerns.
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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 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.

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Gretchen Felopulos is a staff psychologist at the Psychology Assessment Center, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School's Department of Psychiatry.

Table of Contents

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