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- DescriptionOver 6.5 million children receive special education services each year in the U.S. As this number continues to rise, child and school psychologists are increasingly called upon to evaluate children and to recommend accommodations to meet the child's educational needs. But the process of evaluating children can be challenging, as it is often fraught with conflict between parents and school personnel. Even seasoned clinicians may have difficulty navigating the myriad legal, professional, and personal issues involved. This book is a step-by-step guide describing how to perform an independent educational evaluation for children with special needs. Chapters describe the suggested format and content of initial meetings with parents and school officials, the assessment and evaluation process, how to piece together the final report, and additional issues that arise after the final settlement, including testimony in due process hearings. The authors also provide a full explanation of the applicable legal statutes regarding special education services, and the legal boundaries of the evaluator's responsibilities. Perhaps most importantly, they provide crucial suggestions for how evaluators can navigate conflict that often arises between parents and school officials, while remaining focused on providing the best possible education for all children.
- Author BiographyDavid Breiger, PhD, received his doctorate in developmental and clinical neuropsychology from the University of Houston, USA in 1986. He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA and the director of the Neuropsychological Consultation Service at Seattle Children s Hospital. He supervises psychology postdoctoral fellows, psychology residents, and psychology graduate students. He teaches the Intellectual Assessment graduate courses in the University of Washington's Department of Psychology. Dr. Breiger was awarded the Outstanding Supervisor award from the University of Washington of Psychology Internship Program. Kristen Bishop, PsyD, is a recent graduate entering the field of clinical psychology. Her professional interests include academic child assessment, collaborative work with school-based professionals, and conducting assessments and providing treatments for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Dr. Bishop's training and experience include the completion of the Parenting Evaluation Training Program at the University of Washington, USA and the University of Washington's Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities long-term trainee certificate. She will soon be beginning private practice work, including assessment and treatment services, through Eastside Psychological Associates in Washington State. G. Andrew H. Benjamin, JD, PhD, ABPP, is the director of the Parenting Evaluation/Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA as well as Clinical Professor of Psychology and Affiliate Professor of Law at the University of Washington. He was named Professional of the Year by the Washington State Bar Association s Family Law Section, received the Heiser Award in recognition of his record of public service and advocacy in numerous areas of professional activity, and was honoured by the Puyallup Indian Nation s Health Authority. He was elected to serve as president of the Washington State Psychological Association, and his colleagues there created an association award named after him.
- Author(s)David Breiger,G. Andrew H. Benjamin,Kristen Bishop
- PublisherAmerican Psychological Association
- Date of Publication30/12/2013
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Series TitleForensic Practice in Psychology
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMagination Press, (American Psychological Association)
- Weight340 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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