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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents


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Series Foreword
Introduction: Evidence-Based Practice for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lee A. Wilkinson

I. Evidence-Based Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Adam W. McCrimmon, Alyssa A. Altomare, Amanda D. Smith, Katia Jitlina, Ryan L. Matchullis, and Donald H. Sakofske
Multitier Screening and Identification, Lee A. Wilkinson
Comprehensive Developmental Assessment Model, Jonathan M. Campbell, Lisa A. Ruble, and Rachel K. Hammond
Cognitive, Neuropsychological, Academic, and Adaptive Functioning, Linda C. Caterino
Language and Social Communication, Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Bassett
Co-Occurring Emotional and Behavior Problems, Karla J. Doepke, Brea M. Banks, Jennifer F. Mays, Lauryn M. Toby, and Steven Landau

II. Evidence-Based Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Evidence-Based Interventions in the Classroom, Jessica Suhrheinrich, Laura J. Hall, Sarah R. Reed, Aubyn C. Stahmer, and Laura Schreibman
Continuum of Services and the Individual Education Plan Process, Sheila J. Wagner
Curriculum and Program Structure, Susan Kabot and Christine Reeve
Collaboration Between Families and Schools, Gena Barnhill
Legal Issues Under IDEA, Perry A. Zirkel


About the Author

Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, NCSP, is an applied researcher, educator, and practitioner. He is a certified school psychologist, licensed school psychologist, chartered educational psychologist, and certified cognitive-behavioural therapist.

Dr. Wilkinson currently practices in South Florida, where he provides diagnostic and consultation services for children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. He is also a university educator and serves on the school psychology faculty at Capella University and Nova Southeastern University, where he mentors doctoral researchers and teaches courses in assessment and intervention, child and adolescent psychopathology, legal and ethical issues in the school, research methods, and consultation.

Dr. Wilkinson's research and professional writing has focused primarily on behavioural consultation and therapy, and children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. He has published numerous journal articles on these topics both in the United States and internationally and has been an ad hoc reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Remedial and Special Education, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Learning and Individual Differences, and Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice.

Dr. Wilkinson is the author of the award-winning book A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools (2010).


"This concise book provides a comprehensive and very readable introduction to best practices in the assessment and treatment of ASD in school settings. It succinctly informs the professional reader about the theoretical and research foundations underlying its many suggestions for practice, which are further enhanced by the liberal use of vignettes." - PsycCRITIQUES(R)

"This book thoroughly integrates current research and theory as well as relevant practice in school settings and will allow practitioners to further their conceptual understanding of assessing and treating ASD." - Canadian Journal of School Psychology

"An excellent and accessible synthesis of the evidence base for school-based interventions in ASD and a comprehensive look at the psychological profile of the child with autism." - The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

"Wilkinson has fashioned a very good book for ASD school practicioners, with commendable interdisciplinary appeal and a much needed dose of empiricism!" - New England Psychologist

"Wilkinson has put together a book that is quite readable and interesting. Difficult concepts are explained clearly but concisely. The style and quality of writing is consistently good across chapters. A strength of this book is the breadth of coverage. The authors meet the goal of providing professionals with information on ASD, screening, assessment, and interventions for the classroom." --Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment

"Overall, Wilkinson's text is like a guided tour of the parallel yet overlapping worlds of school and clinical practice, which many of our patients and families navigate daily. It will contribute to the reader's knowledge of ASDs and more broadly of how schools accommodate and work with special-needs children." --Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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