Advanced Interpretation of the WISC-5 and WIAT-3/ LD Identification
Western MA Workshop Series - #1
Description of Presentation:
This presentation will focus on more advanced interpretation of the subtests and scores which can be obtained from the new WISC-5. Special focus will be given to how the scores can be combined with achievement scores from the WIAT-3, and other measures, to look at patterns of strengths and weaknesses which may be useful and helping clinicians make decisions about learning disability (LD) identification and other clinical decisions. The presentation will also include a brief review of the mechanics of how the scores can be compared within the Q-global scoring system.
To help set an appropriate context for discussing the scores from these tests and making clinical decisions, the presentation will start with a brief review of research leading to the development of RTI models and current LD theories. A case example will be presented to help provide a specific context for this discussion. This is intended to be an interactive presentation with psychologists who attend so that this can be as useful a discussion as possible for attendees.
Goals of Presentation:
As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:
1. Have a better understanding of the history of, and recent research-based models for, LD identification and their basic differences.
2. Be able to articulate the main concepts in using processing strengths and weaknesses (PSW) models for LD identification, especially with regard to reading disabilities.
3. Gain a better understanding of using Q-global to analyze test data from the WISC-5, WIAT-3, and KTEA 3.
Presenter’s Name: Michael Grau, PsyD
Dr. Michael Grau is the Pearson Clinical Assessment Consultant for MA, CT, and Upstate NY. Prior to joining the Pearson staff in January 2009, he served as Director of Clinical and Consultation Services at Wildwood Programs in Albany, NY where he and his staff consulted with schools across New York State to provide independent neuropsychological evaluations, functional behavioral assessments, and staff training on various clinical issues. He is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Grau also has extensive school based experience as a school psychologist and special education coordinator. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He recently served as Vice-President of the Council of New York Special Education Administrators.
Accommodations & Other Information:
The Red Barn is handicap accessible and arrangements can be made to provide necessary accommodations.
Each workshop is 3 hours long and a light dinner is served.
Please email any needed accommodations or dietary restrictions to firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR to the workshop.
Please arrive a bit early so you can complete registration and a pre-test prior to 4 PM so we can start on time.
For those wishing to pay by purchase order, please complete registration, print the invoice, and mail invoice and district purchase order at least one week PRIOR to the workshop to:
MSPA-West, P.O. Box 259, Hadley, MA 01035
OR PO materials can be emailed to email@example.com, again at least one week PRIOR to the workshop.
For those wishing to pay by check, please complete the registration form, print the invoice, and mail check made out to MSPA at least one week PRIOR to the workshop to:
If you attend the first three workshops, the final workshop will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members (a discount code will be provided prior to registration time for the final workshop).
Continuing Education Policy
The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer contact hours. The DESE requires the completion of a pre-test, which is to be completed prior to the workshop start time. A post-test is also required and will be given at the end of the workshop. Participants must attend the ENTIRE WORKSHOP and satisfy state regulations in order to receive contact hours. Each participant is responsible for knowing and meeting the DESE licensure requirements.
CE HOURS: The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to sponsor continuing education (CE) for psychologists. In keeping with NASP requirements, these are awarded in contact hours only. CE hours will be awarded at the close of the workshop. MSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.