Applying the Results of Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessments
A Manual for Teachers and Specialists
Neuropsychological and psychological evaluations in school settings are often rich in detail about a child’s cognitive, academic and emotional functions, and come with specific recommendations to support the child’s performance in school. However, there is often a gap between the assessment results and the implementation of the recommendations, since learning specialists and teachers frequently do not have the means to both interpret and implement the recommendations. This manual presents clear and specific guidelines for school counselors and teachers to decode and put into practice evaluation findings.
The book begins by describing various functional domains that are assessed in a neuropsychological evaluation, and then notes how to recognize behavior and learning styles impacted by difficulty in one of more of the domains. Furthermore, it outlines activities that could be used in the classroom or other environments to support a child’s weaknesses, develop new skills, or appear to particular strengths. Finally, ready-to-use worksheets and activities are offered. This is an essential tool for school psychologists, special education teachers, and learning specialists and counselors.
Table of Contents
2. Activities and Strategies
3. Cognitive Interventions
4. Executive Functions
5. Memory 6. Visual Motor Skills
7. Academic Interventions
8. Emotional Functions
9. Development of IEPs
10. Working with the Family
Dawn Burau, LMHC, ATR and SpEd, is core faculty at Lesley University in the Graduate School of Expressive Therapy. She has given multiple lectures at local and national conferences on topics related to special education, curriculum modification, use of arts in the school setting and interpreting and applying neuropsychological assessments in the classroom and in the development of treatment plans. She worked as a teacher and therapist and The Community Therapeutic Day School for 13 years with children diagnosed with both learning disabilities and social/emotional disabilities.
Daniel Reinstein, PhD is the Clinical Director and Director of Research at The Community Therapeutic Day School, where he has worked for the last thirty six years. He also holds a faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he teaches neuropsychology. He has been conducting neuropsychological evaluations over the last fifteen years.
"This is a well written resource for the professional as it describes needed observations, assessment, and specific implementation strategies for effective use of the results of neuropsychological evaluations. While most of the material can guide clinicians, teachers and other specialists, many of the accommodation suggestions are described in terms that could be disseminated to parents who want to be helpful, thus augmenting the interventions by the professionals. It is a pleasure to recommend this book."
Nina W. Brown, Ed.D, LPC, NCC, FAGPA, Professor and Eminent Scholar of Counseling, Old Dominion University
"The authors have written a useful book that bridges the gap between neuropsychological assessment results and evidence-based interventions. The book is geared towards teachers and learning specialists who are often charged with implementing neuropsychology report recommendations."
Daniel C. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Woodcock Institute, Texas Woman’s University.