To school psychologists, it often feels like testing is used as the default solution for obstacles in special education. Is that always best for kids?
Districts are increasingly moving toward a pattern of strengths and weaknesses model for assessment of learning disabilities. Here are some things to know before you get started.
Every child, no matter how far behind, is on a developmental path hard-wired for growth and learning. Using strength-based language doesn’t mean ignoring or sugar-coating weaknesses. It means keeping the focus on student growth.
Having a learning disability doesn’t just mean that writing is hard, it means it’s hard for a reason. And that reason is brain-based.
As it stands, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to adopt criteria for the identification of specific learning disabilities (SLD). What you may not realize, however, is that within these IDEA regulations, there is still plenty of room for debate.