SLD ELIGIBILITY USING A PATTERN OF STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES: A SIMPLE SOLUTION
In this session we will provide a straightforward way school psychologists can use the so called ‘third method’ for SLD eligibility determination to both classify and remediate specific learning disabilities. This will include a brief look at the research on the effectiveness of traditional IQ and second-generation tests for SLD identification and socially just assessment. Emphasis will be placed on a step-by-step analysis illustrated using PASS theory to measure ‘basic psychological processes’ in a manner consistent with California’s current definition of SLD and Dyslexia. Specific cases will be presented to describe how defensible SLD eligibility decisions can be made, and most importantly, how targeted interventions can be generated for instructional planning purposes.
The primary learning objectives will be:
1. Explore the basic neurocognitive processes in the brain that are the foundation of learning and the cause of specific learning disorders in children.
2. Introduce the discrepancy-consistency method as an evidence-based means to both identify and remediate language-based learning disorders in children.
3. Discuss specific psychological and neuropsychological tests that provide the most comprehensive and efficient means for assessing children with learning disorders and Dyslexia.
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This course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LEPs, LMFTs, LPCCs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. This course also qualifies for 3 hours of continuing professional development for Nationally Certified School Psychologists, under provider number 1025. CASP maintains responsibility for the program and its content.
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Jack A. Naglieri, PhD. has held faculty appointments at Northern Arizona University, The Ohio State University and George Mason University. He is currently a Research Professor at the University of Virginia, Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at George Mason University.
Dr. Naglieri has developed many tests used by psychologists and educators such as the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, the Cognitive Assessment System, Autism Spectrum Rating Scale, Devereux Student Strength Assessment, Comprehensive Executive Function Inventory, and forthcoming Naglieri General Ability Tests: Verbal, Nonverbal and Quantitative. He is widely known for his efforts to increase participation of traditionally under-represented students in gifted education. He is also well known for the PASS Theory of Intelligence and its application using the CAS for identification of specific learning disabilities using the Discrepancy Consistency Method, fair and equitable assessment of diverse populations, and academic interventions related to PASS neurocognitive processes.