ISBN 978-1-59385-983-1
Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Publication Date: 2008
Sam Goldstein
Jack A. Naglieri
Sally Ozonoff

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About the Author

Sam Goldstein, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah and Affiliate Research Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. He is a clinical neuropsychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. Dr. Goldstein is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders and is on the editorial boards of six journals. His publications include 26 texts, numerous book chapters, and peer-reviewed research articles. With Jack A. Naglieri, he is the author of the Autism Spectrum Rating Scales.

Jack A. Naglieri, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at George Mason University and Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Foundation's Institute for Clinical Training and Research. He is a Fellow of Division 16 of the American Psychological Association and recipient of its 2001 Senior Scientist Award. Dr. Naglieri's recent research includes specific learning disability eligibility determination, cognitive assessment and interventions, and measurement of psychopathology and resilience. He is the author of more than 250 publications, including a number of tests.

Sally Ozonoff, PhD, is Endowed Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the M.I.N.D. Institute at the University of California, Davis. Her current research focuses on onset patterns in autism, very early identification, and risk factors for autistic regression. Dr. Ozonoff has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and two other books, A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Research Review for Practitioners.


Significant progress has been made in assessing children with autism spectrum disorders, but the field has lacked a single, comprehensive resource that assembles current best practices within a unified assessment framework. This authoritative book demonstrates how to craft a complete, scientifically grounded, and clinically useful portrait of a child's strengths and difficulties in social behavior, language and communication, intellectual functioning, motor skills, and other key areas of impairment and comorbidity. Leading experts illustrate ways in which school and clinical practitioners can integrate data from a variety of sources to improve the accuracy of diagnosis and inform the development of individualized interventions.


"Masterfully crafted and methodically detailed—a comprehensive package for clinicians and school-based student support services personnel. Each chapter provides rich detail regarding the associated features of ASD, and, more importantly, offers best-practice assessment strategies. Practitioners will find the book highly valuable for bridging research to practice, while researchers will appreciate the level of detail. I look forward to incorporating this text into two of my graduate courses."
-Frank J. Sansosti, PhD, School Psychology Program, Kent State University

"In one neat, comprehensive package, here is just about everything you need to know about assessment of autism. Autism is an exceedingly complex disorder and the field is grappling with many questions about how to quantify, qualify, and understand it. The editors have assembled an impressive roster of contributors, who both describe how to conduct assessments and address current issues and debates. This is an outstanding, thorough resource for practitioners, researchers, educators, and students."
-Laura Schreibman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of California, San Diego

"A rich resource for researchers and practitioners involved in the diagnosis and assessment of individuals with ASD. Written in a scholarly yet accessible manner, the book highlights the individuality and humanity of children with autism and provides state-of-the art strategies for assessing multiple dimensions of their functioning. It succeeds in increasing understanding of these complex and intriguing disorders and would be a terrific addition to courses on developmental disabilities."
-Alice S. Carter, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

"This unique resource comprehensively reviews the science and practice of assessment of children with autism spectrum disorders. The list of editors and authors reads like a 'who's who' of the autism field. This book will be an invaluable resource for graduate students and trainees in psychology, psychiatry, speech pathology, and education. It will also serve as a wonderful reference for experienced researchers and practitioners."
-Tony Charman, PhD, Professor of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, UCL Institute of Child Health, London, UK


  1. Historical Perspective and Overview, Sam Goldstein and Sally Ozonoff
  2. The Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Is the Prevalence Rising?, Lorna Wing and David Potter
  3. Psychometric Issues and Current Scales for Assessing Autism Spectrum Disorders, Jack A. Naglieri and Kimberly M. Chambers
  4. Subtyping the Autism Spectrum Disorders: Theoretical, Research, and Clinical Considerations, Ami Klin
  5. Age-Related Issues in the Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Victoria Shea and Gary B. Mesibov
  6. Assessment of Social Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ifat Gamliel and Nurit Yirmiya
  7. Assessing Speech, Language, and Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Rhea Paul and Kaitlyn P. Wilson
  8. Assessment of Intellectual Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Laura Grofer Klinger, Sarah O'Kelley, and Joanna L. Mussey
  9. Assessment of Neuropsychological Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Blythe A. Corbett, Vanessa Carmean, and Deborah Fein
  10. Assessment of Comorbid Psychiatric Conditions in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Lesley Deprey and Sally Ozonoff
  11. From Assessment to Intervention, Kerry Hogan and Lee M. Marcus
  12. Assessment of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Schools, Sandra L. Harris, Carolyn T. Bruey, Mark J. Palmieri, and Jan S. Handleman
  13. Alternative Methods, Challenging Issues, and Best Practices in the Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sam Goldstein, Sally Ozonoff, Elaine Clark, and Anne Cook