More Resources: Some Additional Book Reviews

September, 2014

Make Your Worrier a WarriorMake Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s
From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears
By Dan Peters, Ph.D.
Great Potential Press, 2013

Psychologist Dan Peters has created these two companion guides — one for parents and one for children — to understanding and coping with children’s anxiety, the “worry monster” of the books’ titles. Drawing on his personal and professional experience in dealing with anxiety, Peters offers clear and simple explanations of the causes and effects of anxiety and easy-to-follow strategies for overcoming it.

According to Peters, the parent version of the book offers practical strategies that parents can adopt and model for their kids. In addition, it provides simple explanations that parents can use when talking with their children about anxiety. The children’s version, probably best suited to older kids (tweens and young teens), also uses clear, straightforward language along with vignettes that show how other kids have successfully challenged the worry monster. Chapters in both books end with checklists summarizing things to remember and things to do.

All about Tests and Assessments: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
By Melissa Lee Farrall, Ph.D., SAIF; Pamela Darr Wright, M.A., M.S.W.; and Peter W.D. Wright, Esq.
Harbor House Law Press, 2014

This book really is question based. Along with the table of contents, the book has an 11-page “table of questions” showing what’s covered in each of the 15 chapters.

The book starts off with a chapter on when a child might need evaluation. The chapter begins with a few paragraphs of context (e.g., the need to find out why a child is struggling academically or socially) and then segues into the first of the main topics in the chapter, when to have your child evaluated. Then, after a little more context on evaluation, the questions (and answers) begin:

  • What happens in an assessment?
  • Who can conduct and evaluation?
  • When is a neuropsychological evaluation useful?
  • What should be included in a neuropsychological evaluation?

And on and on, through the topics of finding a good evaluator, parent questions and concerns, evaluation feedback, and test references. Subsequent chapters include:

  • Evaluations by the school
  • Making sense of your child’s test scores
  • Intellectual evaluations and IQ testing.

Then the book gets into detail on the various types of assessments, devoting a chapter to assessments for each of the following:

  • Academic achievement
  • Reading
  • Writing and spelling
  • Mathematics
  • Speech and language
  • LDs and ADHD
  • Hearing, vision, and motor skills
  • Auditory, visual, visual-motor, and sensory processing
  • Behavior
  • Transitions
  • English-language learners.

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