Book Reviews: A Best Practice Guide to Assessment and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Schools (1st & 2nd Editions)

(1st & 2nd Editions)

Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD

“It is rare that one book can pack so many resources and easy to digest information into a single volume! Families, school personnel, and professionals all need the extensive, and up-to-date tips, guides, and ‘must-knows’ provided here. It’s obvious the author is both a seasoned researcher and practitioner – a winning combination.” - Dr. Debra Moore, psychologist and co-author with Dr. Temple Grandin, of The Loving Push: How Parents & Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adult

“Dr Wilkinson has done it again. This updated and scholarly Second Edition reflects important recent changes regarding diagnosis and services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. With its numerous best-practice suggestions, it is a must-read for school psychologists, school social workers, and those who teach in general and special education.” - Dr Steven Landau, Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Illinois State University

“This book is an essential resource for every educator that works with students with ASD! The easy-to-read format is complete with up to date research on evidence-based practices for this population, sample observation and assessment worksheets and case studies that allow the reader to apply the information presented.” - Gena P. Barnhill, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D, LBA, Director of Special Education Programs at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA

"As a practicing psychologist and psychotherapist with 20 years of experiencing I believe I am qualified to say that Dr. Wilkinson's book is a "must have!" Comprehensive and concise, informative and quite practical - this book should be on the bookshelf or in the backpack of practicing professionals and graduate students who work with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you ever wanted all you "really need to know" about a topic in one place - I sincerely recommend Dr. Wilkinson's book." - Dr. Dan Pezzulo, PhD, LCSW, NCSP, CBIS, ABSNP
“A great resource for practicing school psychologists, including interns. The book contains examples of IEP goals and objectives, best practice guidelines, and case examples (to name a few). It is well written and will be beneficial not only to school psychologists but other school professionals/educators as well.” - Sadie Trunck, MA, CAS, NCSP, Lecturer, School Psychology Graduate Program, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
"I wish I had this book as a guide when I was a member of the Child Study Team (years ago) as a School Psychologist. The areas of assessment are thorough and leave little room for questioning or error in the evaluation process. Further, good evaluation and diagnostic data then informs the treatment plan, and school program. This book is also equally as helpful to the parent of a child who is consulting with his/her neurologist and or pediatrician. - Dr. Liz Matheis, Ph.D. Psychological and Educational Consulting 
"I have found Dr. Lee Wilkinson's Second Edition of his best practice book to be a continued must read for the school psychology practitioner and other support professionals. School psychologists will find the list of assessment domains and tools especially helpful in selecting the appropriate instruments for screening and conducting a comprehensive developmental evaluation. The appendices contain checklists and observation forms that can be used in everyday practice. This book is a valuable resource and a welcome addition to the school psychologist’s professional library." - Dr. Angelo J De Simone, Ed.D., School Psychologist
"As a parent-advocate, Dr. Wilkinson's book is both comprehensive and easy to digest. 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 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." - Sarah Prevelige, EdD, Director, Special Education Consultants of MA, LLC
"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 Syndrome 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.  - Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

"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



Lee A. Wilkinson, PhD, NCSP is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist, registered psychologist, and certified cognitive-behavioral therapist. He provides consultation services and best practice guidance to school systems, agencies, advocacy groups, and professionals on a wide variety of topics related to children and youth with autism spectrum disorder. He is also a university educator and school psychology trainer. His research and professional writing has focused primarily on behavioral consultation and therapy, and evidence-based practice in assessment and intervention for autism spectrum disorder. He has published numerous journal articles on these subjects both in the US and internationally. Dr. Wilkinson is editor of a best-selling 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 award-winning book, Overcoming Anxiety and Depression on the Autism Spectrum: A Self-Help Guide Using CBT.

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