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Psychological and Developmental Assessment
Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions

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ISBN 9781572306455
Published July 26, 2001 by Guilford Press
386 Pages

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Book Description

This volume presents an integrative framework for conducting individualized assessments of children and adolescents with a wide range of disabilities and chronic conditions. Expert contributors first provide an overview of the field, reviewing general strategies and approaches to developmental assessment. The volume then addresses the issues that arise in working with young people with particular challenges, including motor impairments, auditory and visual impairments, autism, chronic health conditions, neurological problems, and exposure to trauma. Described are concepts and tools to guide the practitioner in deriving an accurate diagnosis, planning appropriate interventions in clinic or school, evaluating progress, and monitoring treatment outcomes. Structured in a cohesive format, chapters review the nature of each condition and its implications for health, development, and functioning at different ages and in various domains. The uses of specific assessment instruments are considered, and needed modifications in settings, tasks, and procedures identified. Emphasizing methods that are flexible and multidimensional, the volume includes numerous illustrative case vignettes.

Table of Contents

1. Clinical Assessment of Children: An Overview, Rune J. Simeonsson and Susan L. Rosenthal
I. Dimensions and Issues
2. Issues in Clinical Assessment, Rune J. Simeonsson and Anita Scarborough
3. Clinical Assessment in Planning and Evaluating Intervention, Rune J. Simeonsson and Janey Sturtz McMillen
II. General Strategies and Measures
4. Quantitative Assessment, Rune J. Simeonsson, Carrie Cook, and Sadarryle Hill
5. A Qualitative Developmental Approach to Assessment, Rune J. Simeonsson, Gail S. Huntington, J. Lytle Brent, and Cassandre Balant
6. An Ecobehavioral Approach to Clinical Assessment, Rune J. Simeonsson and Elizabeth Kelley Boyles
7. Assessment of Family Context, Susan L. Rosenthal, Sheila S. Cohen, and Rune J. Simeonsson
III. Specialized Strategies and Measures
8. Assessment of Trauma and Maltreatment in Children with Special Needs, Barbara W. Boat and H. Jane Sites
9. Infant Assessment, Tina Smith, Rebecca Pretzel, and Kristine Landry
10. Assessment of Children with Motor Impairments, Melissa Johnson, Cynthia Wilhelm, Deborah Eisert, and Deborah L. Halperin-Phillips
11. Assessment of Children with Visual Impairment or Blindness, Naeela M. Chandry and Philip W. Davidson
12. Assessment of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Rune J. Simeonsson, Tovah M. Wax, and Kathleen White
13. Assessment of Children with Autism, Lee M. Marcus, Sally Flagler, and Susan Robinson
14. Assessment of Children with Chronic Illness, Janet Schultz and Cheryl Chase-Carmichael
15. Assessment of Executive Functions in Children with Neurological Impairment, Gerard A. Gioia, Peter K. Isquith, and Steven C. Guy
IV. Ethical and Legal Issues
16. Ethical and Legal Issues in Assessment of Children with Special Needs, William A. Rae, Constance J. Fournier, and Michael C. Roberts

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Rune J. Simeonsson, PhD, MSPH, is Professor of Education and Research Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Adjunct Professor of Medical Psychology at Duke University. He teaches graduate courses in the areas of psychological assessment and child development and disability for students in school psychology and special education. His research interests are in the areas of child development, special education, and public health, focusing on the prevention of childhood disability and the promotion of child health and development. He currently has responsibilities as an investigator with several projects, and is actively involved in policy and research on the definition and classification of disability in the United States and internationally.

Susan L. Rosenthal, PhD, obtained her doctorate in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her pediatric psychology internship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and her postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Rosenthal is currently Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Division of Psychology and Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Texas at Galveston. Before assuming her present position, she was Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and Pediatric Psychologist at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her clinical practice focuses on helping adolescents and their families negotiate the developmental tasks of adolescence in the context of chronic illness, mood disorders, or other life stressors. Her research on adolescent psychosexual development has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and she has authored numerous articles on adolescent psychological development and the role of the family in protecting adolescent girls from risk.


There has long been a need for a comprehensive volume on the assessment of children with disabilities and chronic health conditions. These children can benefit greatly from individualized psychological assessment and treatment planning that is guided by a developmental approach. Scholarly yet practical, this book provides practitioners with the information they need to meet the challenge. The volume combines thoughtful overviews of relevant clinical assessment issues with chapters devoted to a range of specific conditions. Contributions from experienced practitioners and scientists provide very helpful guidance on requisite concepts and methods. This volume is likely to become the authoritative text in the field. It will prove highly useful for practitioners in clinical, developmental, and pediatric psychology, and for graduate-level students in these areas. --Dennis Drotar, PhD, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

This text is unique in its broad coverage of quantitative, qualitative, and ecological assessment approaches, all in one volume. The authors do a good job of highlighting the causes of many disabilities and showing how the nature of the disability affects the assessments that will be done. Useful special topics covered include the assessment of children with disabilities who have suffered from maltreatment or trauma. I was also impressed by the concluding chapter on ethical and legal issues. ---Joan Lieber, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park

This volume represents the state of the art in psychological assessment of children. Chapters on assessing children with a variety of special needs are accentuated with current research and compelling case studies. An excellent graduate-level text, the work will also serve as a reference for child psychologists in school or private practice settings. --Michael D. West, PhD, Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Virginia Commonwealth University

Clinicians seeking a broader alternative to conventional testing practices and materials will rejoice as they read this book, and will be sure to refer to it repeatedly in their work. It makes a compelling case for moving beyond strictly psychometric testing, especially for hard-to-assess children and adolescents. --John T. Neisworth, PhD, Educational and School Psychology and Special Education, The Pennsylvania State University

This is the most sensible and useful resource to date on the psychological assessment of children with chronic conditions and disabilities. I am impressed with the authors' coverage of both qualitative and quantitative methods; their functional approach to classifying needs; and the linkages they establish between assessment, intervention, and progress/program evaluation. No other text on the subject offers this necessary, integrated perspective. Psychologists of all specialties who work with these populations--whether in training or in practice--will find this an invaluable resource. A superb contribution to the literature. --Stephen J. Bagnato, EdD, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh.