Assessment of Learning Disabilities: DSM-5 and Beyond
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
1:00pm - 2:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits
Robin L. Peterson, PhD, ABPP/CN
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado
This workshop will begin with a brief overview of current scientific knowledge about learning disabilities (LDs) impacting reading, writing, and mathematics, including their etiology, brain bases, neuropsychology, and cross-cultural manifestations. We will review the evidence bearing on various diagnostic models, including age discrepancy, IQ discrepancy, patterns of strengths and weaknesses, and response to intervention. The remainder of the workshop will focus on the implications of this scientific background for individual diagnosis and treatment planning. We will explore common diagnostic quandaries in LD assessment related to severity, specificity, base rates, and etiology and will briefly discuss evidence-based interventions for LDs.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss pros and cons of diagnostic models of learning disabilities (LDs), including age discrepancy, IQ discrepancy, patterns of strengths and weaknesses, and response to intervention.
2. Identify universals and cultural constraints in the manifestation of LDs across countries/languages as well as for different demographic groups within this country.
3. Describe the challenges of applying categorical diagnosis to a continuum of academic skill and discuss the implications for cases falling in the “gray area.”
Target Audience: Clinical Neuropsychologists and Neuropsychology Trainees
Instructional Level: Introductory
Dr. Robin L. Peterson is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received a doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology from the University of Denver and Children’s Hospital Colorado. She previously worked as director of the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic at the University of Denver. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has clinical and research interests in neurodevelopmental disorders and pediatric traumatic brain injury. She is currently a co-Investigator for the Colorado Learning Disabilities Research Center, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is an author on over 20 peer-reviewed publications, multiple book chapters, and the book Diagnosing Learning Disorders: From Science to Practice (3rd Edition) which was published by Guilford Press earlier this year. She recently served as invited chair for a symposium titled Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Reading Disabilities at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Before studying to be a psychologist, she taught kindergarten and first grade, which sparked her interest in understanding how all children learn to read. She remains active in teaching and training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.