Identification and Evaluation of Learning Disabilities

  • Title:Identification and Evaluation of Learning Disabilities: The School Team’s Guide to Student Success
  • Author:Evelyn S. Johnson, Anne B. Clohessy
  • Publication Date:July 2014
  • ISBN:9781483331560
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Ensure that your students have the support they need!

When it comes to designing instruction for students with learning disabilities, one size does not fit all — and that’s also true for identifying and evaluating learning disabilities. Theories and legislation aside, it’s critical for your school team to have a comprehensive plan to make sure every child gets the right kind of attention—and no one falls through the cracks.

This compelling, easy-to-use handbook guides general educators, special educators, administrators, and school psychologists through the eligibility and evaluation stages to ensure that students get the best services and interventions they need to be successful. You’ll find:

  • Guidance on what data to collect and how to collect it
  • Strategies for combining RTI with a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose SLD
  • Detailed case studies—with graphs, figures, and test scores—at the school, classroom, and individual student level

Everyone on your team has the same goal: to help students with learning challenges achieve success. This comprehensive resource has the tools you need to make that happen.


Author Bio

Evelyn S. Johnson is an associate professor of special education at Boise State University and the coauthor of RTI: A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementing Response to Intervention. She began her career in Washington in 1994 as a special education teacher, and then at the University of Washington, Seattle, where her research focused on the inclusion of students with disabilities in accountability systems. Johnson’s work on assessment for students with disabilities has included research on accommodations and alternate assessments, as well as research on screening for reading problems. Prior to joining the faculty at BSU, she worked as a research associate for the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD), where she developed numerous technical assistance products to assist state and local educational agencies on RTI and learning disability identification–related issues. Currently, her research focuses on RTI implementation at the secondary levels.

Anne B. Clohessy, PhD is a licensed psychologist who has worked in the field of learning disabilities for over 15 years. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon, where she also trained in developmental and neuropsychology. As the Clinical Director at Lee Pesky Learning Center, Dr. Clohessy leads a team of evaluators and counselors who work with students of all ages to help them understand their own learning needs and to develop strategies for managing them.

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