Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

What you must know about testing your child for ADHD and learning disabilities.


Filed Under: Academic Evaluations, Diagnosing Children with ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, Learning Disabilities
Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

When I attended my daughter's first IEP meeting, I was filled with anxiety. What was wrong with my child?

by Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., and Gretchen Felopulos, Ph.D.
Guilford Press, $16.95
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When I attended my daughter's first IEP (individualized education program) meeting, 16 years ago, I was filled with anxiety. What was wrong with my child? Was she destined for a lifetime of failure? Prior to the IEP, she took many, many tests: neuropsych, speech, IQ, and more. Reading the 100-plus pages of test results, filled with numbers and graphs, only fueled my fear. How could I be an advocate for my special-needs child if I couldn't interpret these hieroglyphics?

Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids, by Harvard psychologists Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., and Gretchen Felopulos, Ph.D., would have saved me many sleepless nights. It covers just about everything parents need to know about testing for ADHD, learning disabilities, speech and language problems, Asperger syndrome, and anxiety. (Most kids who have ADHD also have at least one of these comorbid conditions, so it's nice to have everything covered in a single volume.)

This easy-to-read resource answers questions like:

  • Does my child really need testing?
  • What sort of testing will be given?
  • What should I tell my child before the appointment?
  • What will the test scores mean?
  • What treatments are available?

The book takes a user-friendly "who, what, when, how" approach, with many case studies. Odds are, you'll find your own questions answered, as I did.

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