WS49: SLD and Other Learning Difficulties: Linking Assessment to Educational Interventions Sessions and Workshops Qualifying for NASP and APA-Approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Documentation

Thursday, February 23

  • 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
  • CPD Credit Hour(s): 6
  • Skill Level: I
  • Members: $109
    Non-Members: $179

This workshop presents current research on specific learning disability (SLD) in reading, mathematics, and writing that provides the foundation for alternative research-based methods to SLD identification in school-age children. One such approach is described in detail, the Cattell-Horn-Carroll–based operational definition of SLD. This method incorporates a pattern of strengths and weaknesses as an SLD marker and may be used within the context of an RTI service-delivery model. Through case study presentations and detailed examples, participants will learn how to differentially diagnose SLD from other learning difficulties (for example, intellectual disability, slow learner) and link assessment findings to evidence-based educational strategies and interventions.

Speaker(s): Dawn P. Flanagan, PhD, St. John's University, Queens, NY, Vincent C. Alfonso, PhD, Fordham University, New York, NY

Dawn P. Flanagan, PhD, St. John's University, Queens, NY, Dawn P. Flanagan, PhD, is professor and director of school psychology training programs, St. John's University, NY. She is an expert witness, consultant on learning disabilities, and testing and measurement consultant and trainer. She is coeditor of Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification (2010) with Vincent C. Alfonso and is the primary author of six online professional development programs that may be accessed at

Vincent C. Alfonso, PhD, Fordham University, New York, NY, Vincent C. Alfonso, PhD, is professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. He is a certified school psychologist, licensed psychologist, and president-elect of the American Psychological Association's Division 16. He is a coauthor of the forthcoming third edition of Essentials of Cross-Battery Assessment with Dawn P. Flanagan and Samuel O. Ortiz.