A pattern of strengths and weaknesses (PSW) method for identifying students with a specific learning disability has gained momentum because it is consistent with IDEA regulations and helps answer the question “Why does the student fail?” School psychologists will learn, from a practitioner’s perspective, how to use the Discrepancy Consistency Method for determining a PSW, with emphasis on the use of the CAS2, FAR, and FAM. Case studies will be presented that illustrate the DCM/PSW method, with a comparison of other assessment tools and methodologies. Additionally, interventions that would follow given the cognitive and academic needs of the student, based on assessment results, will be discussed. The overarching goals are to first, become more familiar with a neuropsychological approach for SLD eligibility determination using the CAS2, FAR, and FAM, and secondly illustrate various scenarios involving students with different disabilities (e.g., Dyslexia, ADHD, math calculation, etc.) and different disorders in basic psychological processes.

CASP Members: $70.00
Non-Members: $100.00

Strand: A, Topic: 1, Level: II-III
Domain: 1, 3, 8

Jana Parker, MS, LEP, ABSNP, is a school psychologist in the Menlo Park City School District, after working at the Center for Developing Minds as an LEP for the past five years. She recently started her own practice, Parker Educational Consulting, providing assessment, educational coaches to families and students, and workshops for parents and professionals.