New Jersey Association of Learning Consultants

Event : Region I Workshop PART 1 - All Are Welcome - Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) Model and Cross Battery Assessment for LDT-Cs
Category: Region I
Date: 9/25/2021
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom Workshop
NJALC Professional Development Committee

Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) Model and Cross Battery Assessment for LDT-Cs

Renowned Presenter: Steven Korner, Ph.D.

Presenter: Dr. Korner earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and has been appointed to the following positions: Director of the Child and Family Unit of the Benjamin Rush Center in Philadelphia, Director of Psychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College-Metropolitan Hospital Center, and Associate Professor (tenured) in the Doctoral Program in Child Clinical Psychology and Director of the School Psychology Program at Seton Hall University. Dr. Korner has been appointed to chair the continuing education and media committees of the New Jersey Psychological Association and was elected president of the Bergen County Association of Licensed Psychologists. He has published or presented over 70 papers and was an editorial consultant for the journals Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Psychotherapy in Independent Practice. Dr. Korner is currently spearheading an initiative to revise the special education code in New Jersey by adding the federally approved third option with collaboration between the New Jersey Psychological Association, the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists, the New Jersey Association of Learning Disability Teacher Consultants, and the Learning Disability Association of New Jersey where he is a member of the advisory board. Dr. Korner was named the recipient of the 2018 Sam Kirk Award for Educator of the Year from the Learning Disability Association of America.

Child study team evaluations have traditionally focused on the determination of specific learning disability eligibility using the ability/achievement discrepancy or the response to intervention models sanctioned by the special education code. The code may be changing in the near future. Current science in the form of CHC theory explains the flaws in these approaches and offers a best practice model, the patterns of strengths andweaknesses, that not only offers a more accurate way to identify learning disabilities, but also bridges the gap between assessment and instruction that has developed when eligibility is the sole goal of testing.
PART 1: Using the Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) Model to Identify Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and Other Learning Problems
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the historical and legal basis of the disconnect between assessment and intervention, including a discussion of the flaws inherent in the Ability-Achievement Discrepancy and Response to Intervention approaches
  • Examine the federal "third option" as a consequence of current developments in neuropsychological theory
  • Present Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory with a view toward highlighting the linkages between cognitive processing, executive functioning, and academic subjects to bridge the assessment/intervention gap by linking specific cognitive abilities and academic subjects
  • Introduce the PSW approach as a best practice model to make differential diagnoses between students with a SLD, ADHD, or those who are low ability performing congruent with their abilities
  • Q & A Session: 11-11:30 AM
PART 2: Extending the Principles of the PSW Model into the Development of Cross Battery Assessment (XBA) and Instructional Strategies that Put the "I” Back into IEP
The focus of the second session will be to generalize and apply PSW principles to:
  • Generate hypotheses about students’ cognitive abilities
  • Utilize hypotheses to drive the choice of an appropriate test battery, including the introduction of the idea of Cross Battery Assessment (XBA)
  • Review and discuss actual student profiles using PSW and XBA, including a look at the XBA software
  • Q & A Session: 11-11:30 AM 
Dates: Saturday, September 25, 2021
and Saturday, October 2, 2021

 Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Q & A 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Presented via Zoom

 NJALC Member Cost: $50 for BOTH mornings or $35 for one morning

Non-Member Cost: $75 for BOTH mornings or $50 for one morning

PD Certificates:
5 hours for BOTH mornings or
2.5 hours for ONE morning

Contact Dominica with questions

Mail check made out to NJALC to:
Dominica Felici-Skal, 71 Clark Street Unit 339,Trenton, NJ 08611
Or Venmo: @Dominica-Felici-Skal

NO vouchers will be accepted, unless accompanied by a personal check.

Registration is due one week before the workshop is held.

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