*Winner in the Education/Academic category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards*
*Shortlisted for the 2011 NASEN Award 'The Special Needs Academic Book'*
With a focus on best practice and the importance of early diagnosis, this book provides a practical and scientifically-based approach to the assessment and diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and autism spectrum conditions.
This book offers a balance of conceptual, practical and empirical information designed to bridge the research-to-practice gap in identifying, assessing, and treating school-aged children with autism-related conditions. Assessment tools and intervention strategies will support school-based professionals in:
* identifying and assessing young people with high-functioning autism spectrum conditions
* developing and implementing classroom-based intervention programs
* initiating a dialogue between parents and teachers
* accessing community resources
* promoting special needs advocacy.
With illustrative case studies, FAQs, quick reference boxes, and a glossary, this accessible guide will appeal to teachers, counsellors, psychologists, social work practitioners and students.
Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, is a nationally certified and licensed school psychologist, chartered psychologist, registered psychologist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Dr Wilkinson provides consultation services and best practice guidance to school systems, agencies, advocacy groups, and professionals on a wide variety of topics related to children and youth with autism spectrum conditions. He is also a university educator and school psychology trainer. His research and professional writing has focused primarily on behavioral consultation and therapy, and evidence-based practice in assessment and intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has published numerous journal articles on these subjects both in the US and internationally.