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Dyslexia and Literacy : Theory and Practice

Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Kids

edited by Timothy E. Wilens
  Psychiatric medications are being used with increasing confidence to treat a variety of child and adolescent disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome. For parents, however, deciding whether to allow a child to take medication for an emotional or behavioral problem may be one of the toughest choices they will ever face. When a son or daughter needs help, parents need more than a brief medical consultation--and more than a prescription slip.
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Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

Is My Child Delayed? Expert Advice on When to Seek Help and What to Expect from the Testing Process

Many parents worry that something might be "not quite right" with their child. Whether the child is struggling at school or appears to be "behind" others their age, parents often wonder if they are being overly anxious or if their intuition is correct. Expert child psychologists, Ellen B. Braaten, Ph.D. and Gretchen Felopulos, Ph.D., recently published an informative guidebook for parents called, "Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids."

"Nearly one in five children receive some form of psychological, academic or intelligence testing each year," said Ellen B. Braaten. "Every day thousands of parents are confronting the possibility that their child might have a learning disability or developmental delay. Not knowing what to do, what might happen and where to seek help can add stress to the situation. Our book helps parents decide what to do, when to do it and what to expect."

Figuring out what is "wrong" might involve a testing evaluation to assess behavioral and social skills, language development, motor skills, intelligence, attention, memory and learning skills. Results of these tests can diagnose learning problems or conditions like autism, ADHD or giftedness. Braaten and Felopulos offer the following tips for concerned parents.

1. Follow Your Intuition

Often a parent's gut reaction is right. You are your child's advocate and closest ally. Take action right away. Your first stop should be an appointment with a pediatrician, who may refer your child for further testing.

2. Do Your Homework

Being informed about the testing process can ease the fears of both parents and children. Learn everything you can about the testing process and ask pertinent questions.

3. Use a Trained Professional

Any diagnosis must be performed by a trained professional. Your own or a friend's diagnosis might send you down a path full of unnecessary worry.

4. Prepare For the Diagnosis

Finding out that nothing is wrong can relieve, or even worry, some parents. If something is discovered, try not to worry - your child will soon be getting the help they need. Find a support group and talk to others who have been through the process.

"Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids" is published by Guilford Press and is available in both hardback and paperback editions.

Testing Kids

Straight Talk about Psychological Testing for Kids

by Ellen Braaten, Gretchen Felopulos
This authoritative guide gives parents the inside scoop on how psychological testing works and how to use testing to get the best help for their child. Two Harvard experts spell out the entire process of testing for dyslexia, ADHD, math and reading disorders, Asperger syndrome, depression, anxiety, and other common childhood problems. Parents learn what different tests actually measure and how to "crack the code" of jargon-filled reports, numerical scores, and educational recommendations. Also discussed are key qualifications to look for in evaluators, what kinds of testing schools are required to provide, and when to consider paying for private testing instead. Comprehensive and accessible, the book includes tips on making testing less stressful for children and loads of resources, FAQs, and examples.
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