An Integrated Model for the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities


Karen Apgar

Learn an assessment model to identify specific learning disabilities within a multi-tiered system of support, using a Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses methodology. This model has the potential to reduce inappropriate referrals and create more accurate, detailed and legally-defensible evaluations.

2.5 hours running time

SKU: WEB-4. Category: .

The primary objectives of this discussion include:

  • Learning the genesis of the assessment model, the implementation details for pre-referral and evaluation, the importance of assessment tool selection, and the model’s appropriateness for culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Karen Apgar has been a school psychologist in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and, for the past 17 years, Oregon. Apgar has served on the Executive Board of the Oregon School Psychologists Association (OSPA) in multiple positions and is currently the Oregon Delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).  She is the lead school psychologist in the Eugene School District 4J; focusing on issues of learning disabilities, cultural and linguistic diversity, and social justice and systems improvement through organizational development practices.
LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs: This course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs/LCSWs/LPCCs/LEPs licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCSPs: The course meets the qualifications for 2.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development for Nationally Certified School Psychologists, under Provider Number 1025, licensed by the National Association of School Psychologists. CASP is responsible for the content of this workshop.