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Best Practice News: School Psychologist Wins Book Award

West Palm Beach, FL: May 11, 2011

“A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools” by school psychologist Dr. Lee A. Wilkinson has been named a Winner in the Education/Academic category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards “was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books in 60 different categories, for the year, and is presented by Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group.” The winners and finalists will be highlighted in a special 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America ("BEA") in New York later this month to attendees including book buyers, library representatives, media, industry professionals, and others. Wilkinson’s book was also recently short-listed by the National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) in the UK for their2011 Special Educational Needs Academic Book of the year award. Previously, “A Best Practice Guide…” was honored as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Education/Academic category of the "Best Books 2010 Awards” sponsored by USA Book News.

This authoritative, yet accessible book provides a step-by-step guide to screening, assessment, and intervention for school-age children with autism spectrum disorders. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd, the leading international publisher of books focusing on the autism spectrum, this comprehensive resource combines the best of a user-friendly handbook and the depth of an academically oriented text book. With illustrative case studies, FAQs, quick reference boxes, best practice index, and glossary of terms, this concise and well researched guidebook will be widely used by psychologists, advocates, teachers, speech/language therapists, counselors, and parents.

Diane Adreon, Associate Director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) and co-author of “Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success,” comments that “Dr. Lee Wilkinson has produced a well-written, user-friendly, comprehensive guide to the assessment and intervention of students with ASD. School district administrators, attorneys, educators and psychologists will want to have this guide available to them as a resource on ‘best practice’ in the field of ASD.”

Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Editor-in-Chief of Autism Spectrum Quarterly, calls the book “a landmark contribution destined to become a classic in the field of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)” and writes, “Dr. Wilkinson has made an enormous contribution to the field by comprehensively and systematically illuminating not only what needs to be done, but also how to go about doing it.”

Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, is an applied researcher, behavioral scientist, and practitioner. He is a nationally certified school psychologist, chartered psychologist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. He is also a university educator and trainer, and teaches graduate courses in psychological assessment, clinical intervention, and developmental psychopathology. He has published widely on the topic of autism spectrum disorders.

“A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools” is available from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, ISBN: 978-1-84905-811-7 and can be ordered directly from the publisher at and all major booksellers, including and

Media Contact: Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD
Phone: (561) 686-2549
7708 Red River Road
West Palm Beach, Fl 33411
Review Copies and Interviews are Available.
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