Specific Learning Disabilities and Difficulties in Children and Adolescents

Psychological Assessment and Evaluation

Specific Learning Disabilities and Difficulties in Children and Adolescents

The assessment of specific learning disabilities and disorders (SLD) has long been a controversial topic whose definition, diagnosis, and treatment have been vigorously debated for decades. However, in recent times there have been many new assessment tools devised for measuring intelligence and neuropsychological functioning, extending well beyond the scope of Wechsler's scales. In this cutting-edge survey, an international team of leaders in the field examines the available methods. Many of the contributors are themselves the developers of the most recent assessment tests. The authors of each chapter evaluate the diversity of clinical applications of these new instruments in SLD, and their important implications for educational intervention. The historical context and the underlying neuropsychological and cognitive theory are also expertly examined. This book will be essential reading for any practitioner or trainee dealing with specific learning issues in young people.


"This book makes a valuable contribution to clinical practice and will reward consultation." European and Adolescent Psychiatry

"A thorough, user-friendly resource..." Psychiatric Services

"A useful, up to date resource both for established clinicians and for trainees new to the field." British Journal of Clinical Psychology

"[A] book that openly poses difficult questions, demystifies facts and posits answers. A truly multi-disciplinary work...a remarkable synthesis of a vast amount of information and a noteworthy reference book for all clinicians." Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

"For those who are involved with the assessment of children with specific learning disabilities, and who wish to explore more in depth methods of looking at these disabilities, this book offers a great deal of information." Journal of Child and Adolescent Mental Health

"I would recommend this book to anyone engaged in the assessment of learning disabilities. As well as providing a great deal of up-to-date information on assessment tools, it demonstrates how the field has changed in the past 20 years, and makes one think critically." Infant and Child Development

"I read it from cover to cover and learnt from it." European Child and Adolescent Psychology