Integrating Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluations
Assessing and Helping the Whole Child
Integrating Neuropsychological and Psychological Assessments is a resource for neuropsychologists, psychologists, teachers and parents who wish to address both the neurologically- and emotionally-based difficulties with which their children are presenting. In addition to a thorough description of neuropsychological and psychological assessment tools, this book also provides professionals with a unified approach to using the results from assessments to understand and integrate cognitive, behavioral, social and emotional functioning in school-age children. It posits that to educate and treat children who are struggling in school due to unique cognitive or emotional vulnerabilities, the whole child must be considered to decipher their needs and implement interventions. Cultivating a therapeutic relationship that integrates the emotional and relational functioning of the child enhances both their learning and ability to successfully navigate the world.
Table of Contents
Foreword Bruce Hauptman 1. Introducing the Whole Child: Cognition, Behavior, and Emotion 2. Assessing and Understanding the Whole Child: The Complete Neuropsychological Evaluation 3. Understanding and Assessing Cognition 4. Understanding and Assessing Executive Functions 5. Understanding and Assessing Memory 6. Understanding and Assessing Visual Motor Functioning 7. Understanding and Assessing Academic Skills 8. Understanding and Assessing Emotional Functioning 9. Putting it all Together: Feedback and the Report as a Therapeutic Intervention 10. Putting it into Action: Translating Evaluation Results into the Classroom and Home 11. Behind the Scenes: Legal Ramifications 12. Overview of the Whole Child and Case Conclusion Appendix Index
Daniel K. Reinstein, PhD, holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He is the Clinical Director and Director of Research at the Community Therapeutic Day School, a small private school for neurologically and emotionally troubled children.
Dawn E. Burau, LMHC and SpEd, is Adjunct Faculty at Lesley University in the Graduate School of Expressive Therapy and, over the last ten years, has worked as a therapeutic teacher at the Community Therapeutic Day School and has consulted to both public and private schools.
"Rarely does a clinical or academic publication have the potential for as wide a readership audience as this book does, and yet depth is not compromised. The authors take a broad approach for a broad audience and at every opportunity seemingly argue against discipline-specific assessments carried out in isolation. Indeed, they explain concepts with such skill and precision that there is learning at some level at every turn of the page. Even the most experienced practitioner will marvel at the multiple factors that are often overlooked in the unitary approaches of advanced specialism.Whether you are an expert or are just beginning to get drawn into neuropsychological realms, and if you have the opportunity to read only one book in the next few months, this is it." - James Tonks, University of Exeter