217. Dynamic Assessment with Second Language Learners w/ Dr. Esther Geva

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Dr. Esther Geva is here to talk through her work with assessing English language learners. She has worked for years in this arena and has literally co-written the book on culturally and linguistically diverse children. Esther shared a number of meaningful stories and case examples to really bring these principles to life.

212. A “Checklist Manifesto” Approach to Testing

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How many times have you entered the testing room, started the battery, and figured out that you left something crucial in another office (for me, it’s always my phone/stopwatch)? Or how many times have you sent out a report only to get an email back from the client asking why there’s another name on the report? Today’s episode is a commentary on mistakes and how to avoid them. It draws heavily on material from Atul Gawande’s book, The Checklist Manifesto.

211. Legal and Ethical Issues in Assessment With Dr. Amanda Zelechoski (Replay)

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How many times have you run into challenging or ambiguous ethical situations and looked around your office, wishing an attorney would appear to answer all of your questions? For me, it’s countless. Dr. Amanda Zelechoski doesn’t answer ALL the questions that have ever come up, but she came really close on today’s episode!

209. Conceptualizing & Treating Irritable Kids w/ Dr. Melissa Brotman

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Irritability in kids has been a personal and professional interest for nearly two decades. I went to grad school at a time when pediatric bipolar disorder was the “hot” diagnosis, only to find out several years later that the irritability so often seen as representative of bipolar in kids did not actually predict a bipolar diagnosis during adulthood. The advent of disruptive mood dysregulation disorder advanced our knowledge quite a bit, yet these irritable kids continue to fall in a gray area as far as diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Melissa Brotman is here with me chatting all about her work with pediatric mood concerns, with a focus on the irritability and angry outbursts that so many of us see.