Assessing the educational needs of deaf and hard of hearing schoolchildren is both an art and a science; therefore, “the practitioner and his or her ability to make and interpret meaningful observations are more important than the tests that are at the assessment specialist’s disposal,” note the authors of Psychological and Psychoeducational Assessment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Adolescents. “Modes, systems, and languages of communication and instruction vary greatly, and we believe the proficient psychologist or other assessment professionals must be culturally aware and sensitive in order to select and interpret relevant tests and other instruments. They must also have the ability to communicate in English, American Sign Language, and Manual Codes on English, depending on the needs of the deaf or hard of hearing child being evaluated.” The authors’ goal is that this text will provide the impetus for the field to develop and expand valid and reliable testing instruments for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
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Mental Health Services for Deaf People: Treatment Advances, Opportunities, and Challenges presents thirteen papers selected from the presentations at the Fifth World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness held in 2012 in Monterrey, Mexico. The three divisions in this volume explore issues that are important in the specialized area of mental health and deafness. In the first part, the contributors take an in-depth look at specific challenges and treatment modalities. Part two focuses on deaf populations, and the third and final part focuses on Deaf children and their families. Altogether, the eighteen international contributors represent the pioneers of mental health and deafness services in their respective countries and provide in-depth analysis of the specific challenges and treatment options in providing mental healthcare to deaf people.