Book Reviews: A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools


Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD

"As a parent-advocate, Dr. Wilkinson's book is both comprehensive and easy to digest. It's comprehensive because it provides readers with a 10,000 foot view of the landscape. It's easy to digest because it is written in language that non-professionals can understand. Dr. Wilkinson and his book treat parent-advocates with respect, compassion, and actionable insight. When parent-advocates feel empowered to bring that kind of authoritative guidance to their school district meetings (without trying to supplant the day-to-day work done by the teachers and counselors), good things for their children naturally result. Bottom line: it's all about the kids. Dr. Wilkinson and his book help parent-advocates authoritatively play a central role in crafting the journey to reach that goal."
"If you read only one book, this is the one."
 - Dan Harris, JD
"All 208 pages of this book are filled with research-based information about the best practices schools should adhere to when assessing and intervening with children in schools. The author does a wonderful job presenting all of the data, facts, figures and statistics in a very structured layout that is straightforward, practical and convenient to access. With the rising incidence of children being diagnosed on the Autism spectrum, this guide should be required reading for all direct service providers who work with children in the school setting. On behalf of the Autism community I extend a sincere thank you to Lee Wilkinson for this impressive and most valuable resource!"
“Dr. Wilkinson has created an outstanding blend of academic research and practical application in a text that is so clearly written it is a pleasure to read for professionals and parents alike. His book concisely illustrates best practices in screening, assessment, treatment and special education services. Through case examples of two children, he demonstrates how these best practices can be put into action. This book fills an important need that has existed for years. Dr. Wilkinson has created an indispensable resource that should definitely be in each school’s professional library.”


“This book is recommended for Educational Psychologists, Teachers and Educators. Its language is accessible, its content clear and practical. The book should be essential reading for mainstream teachers, particularly those working in specialist ASD provision.”

- Debate

"This well organized and well written book, intended for the use of professionals in schools working with the Autism population, offers recent research on the assessment and intervention processes.... The focus of this useful book is empirically-based and best practices as opposed to speculation or subjective theories. It will appeal to educators as well as parents who want to become well-informed."

- Virginia Child Protection Newsletter

“Dr. Wilkinson’s guide to ASD assessment and intervention is a breath of fresh air for every busy clinician. His book allows for quick information and relevant examples without sacrificing content or language. The summary of assessment tools is a great reminder to clinicians that don’t specialize in this population. Likewise, the example evaluation reports serve as a great teaching tool for the non-diagnostician. The appendices and glossary are a great consultation tool that I have already found myself using with both parents and educators. I enjoyed reading Dr. Wilkinson’s book and will happily recommend it to many of my colleagues.”
- Sarah Prevelige, EdD, Director, Special Education Consultants of MA, LLC
"It was obvious from the quotation by Dr. Lorna Wing at the beginning of chapter one that this book would be grounded in the best of practices. It did not disappoint. Moreover, in the preface the author promises to “provide the reader with a balance of conceptual, practical, and empirical information”, and that is exactly what readers will find throughout this comprehensive and well-documented treatise on assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum conditions. The book is exquisitely and meticulously organized, making it an easy-to-access reference guide as well as a comprehensive text book and training manual."
- Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Editor-in-Chief, Autism Spectrum Quarterly
"Schools systems are overwhelmed with the numbers of students being identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Therefore, they are struggling to establish appropriate protocols for the identification of their heterogeneous group of students. In addition, demands to develop appropriate programs and service delivery models are another huge task for districts as well. Fortunately, 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 practices' in the field of ASD."  
- Dr. Diane Adreon, Associate Director, University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism  and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD)
"Dr. Lee Wilkinson has a command of the English language and knowledge of his subject matter that are unparalleled. ‘A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger in Schools’ is a must read and an indispensable resource guide for school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, special educators and all school professionals who work with students on the autism spectrum."
- Ralph E. (Gene) Cash, Ph.D., NCSP, Past President, National Association of School Psychologists
"This book provides a complete source for parents, educators, researchers and clinicians seeking information related to assessment and interventions available for individuals (mostly children) diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Dr. Wilkinson presents a detail and person-centered approach to the stages and issues that needs to be addressed while conducting an assessment and planning interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Parents will benefit from reading this book as it exposes variety of issues to consider when seeking assessment and treatment for their children. Educators and clinicians can make use of the detailed case examples as those may be applicable to their work environment. In 200 pages, the book is taking the reader step by step in the process that can assist in finding appropriate treatment and settings for individuals diagnosed with ASD.

- Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

"This is a highly readable book filled with best practice recommendations. It also includes reprints of a number of useful tools for screening and assessment. While the title suggests use in schools, clinicians in other settings will also find this text valuable. I recommend the book." 
- Todd Finnerty, Psy.D.
President- PsychContinuingEd com, LLC
Candidate for President of the American Psychological Association
"Overall, this book presents readers with an excellent overview of autism and Asperger syndrome. The author has expertly formatted the book and each chapter so that the reader is provided with an excellent resource of recent and relevant information pertaining to screening, formal assessment, and interventions with individuals in this population. The use of two case studies helps to highlight some of the information presented throughout the book. Although the majority of information will be useful from a clinical or psychological perspective and is representative primarily of the higher functioning end of the autism spectrum, it is believed that many school-based professionals will be able to make use of this excellent resource." 

- Canadian Journal of School Psychology 

"This impressive contribution to the literature on autism and Asperger syndrome is really several reference books in one, providing detailed and expert discussion of key aspects of best practice on screening, assessment and intervention. Combining a good eye for best practice and the need to link this to research, the author has produced a seamless work which is up to date and refreshing. The book actually goes much further than its modest claims. The expert and thorough organisation of the various chapters includes a wealth of practical information and sources of references. This combined with an accessible writing style results in a work that is certain to appeal to a wide readership." 

- Richard Mills, Director of Research, The National Autistic Society, UK

 "This book will be welcomed by teachers and supporting professionals such as educational and clinical psychologists, as well as experienced educators and clinicians. It is a valuable resource that provides best practice recommendations for the assessment and treatment of children and youth on the spectrum. A unique feature of the book is a focus on linking assessment to evidence-based intervention and practice. The author’s knowledge and clinical experience with autism spectrum disorders is evident throughout the text."
- Sean Cameron, PhD, FBPS, Co-Director, Practitioner Doctorate in Educational Psychology, University College London, UK
“As a practicing school psychologist, I found Dr. Lee Wilkinson’s book to be an ideal practitioner guide to screening, assessment, and intervention for students with ASD. The chapters are extremely well written and cover topics such as screening, comprehensive developmental assessment, evidence-based treatments, educational planning, positive behavior support, and social skills interventions. The text includes helpful appendices and real-world case examples to illustrate best practice. 'A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Schools' is certain to be used widely as an indispensable reference tool on the desks of school psychologists, speech/language pathologists, special educators and other school-based practitioners.” 
- Angelo J DeSimone Ed.D, NCSP, Lead School Psychologist, Palm Beach District Schools, FL
“This comprehensive guide addresses all areas of service delivery for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, from screening to intervention. It is a welcome addition to the field and a must-read for school-based practitioners.” 
- Michelle Gillard, PhD, NCSP, School Psychologist, St. Lucie District Schools, FL

Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, CCBT, NCSP is also the editor of a text in the APA School Psychology Book Series, Autism Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Assessment and Intervention in Schools, and author of the book, Overcoming Anxiety and Depression on the Autism Spectrum: A Self-Help Guide Using CBT.

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