von Phyllis Preston
This book aims to help the practitioner derive maximum benefit from the use of individual norm-based tests of mental development.
It includes, but also goes beyond, an explanation of the psychometric expertise required to use such tests. Beginning with an exploration of the nature of mental development itself, the author explains how the very presence of the assessor impacts on the assessment process both in terms of perceptual idiosyncrasies and in terms of the effectiveness with which the interpersonal dynamics between child, carer and assessor are managed.
This is a holistic guide to skilled observation, accurate interpretation, and effective reporting, which equips the reader to derive accurate conclusions in the best interests of the particular needs of the child under assessment.
"Written by an experienced psychologist specialising in the development of infants and young adults and aims to help practitioners to achieve accurate results and reach conclusions best suited to the particular needs of the child under assessment... The author gives useful suggestions on how to properly engage the young child [and] clear instructions when illustrating the proper [use of] Griffith Mental Development Scales, the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, and the Weschler Pre-school and Primary Scaleof Intelligence etc... I particularly appreciate the real-case vignettes cited at the end of the book... I recommend this book to professionals working in the testing field, particularly the beginners. It offers a general and holistic guide to skilled observation, accurate interpretation and effective reporting, which equips the reader with the tools to derive accurate conclusions in the best interests of the child under assessment."
Flora YM Mo, in Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry, 2006, Vol. 16