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Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification, 2nd Edition

Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification, 2nd Edition

Vincent C. Alfonso, Dawn P. Flanagan

ISBN: 978-1-119-31385-4

Mar 2018

640 pages



Practical, up-to-date guidance on identifying Specific Learning Disability

Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification provides accessible, authoritative guidance on specific learning disability (SLD), with the most up-to-date information on assessment, identification, interventions, and more. Contributions by leading experts examine multiple theoretical orientations and various identification approaches for dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, and other common SLDs. Emphasizing real-world utility, this book provides important information for professionals who work with children and youth at risk; many of the SLD identification practices can be put to work immediately, and the expert coverage offers many strategies and interventions for student support in the classroom. This new second edition has been updated to align with the most current understanding of SLD manifestations, diagnostic assessment, and evidence-based interventions, and includes new material covering nonverbal learning disability, speech-language impairment, general learning difficulties, and differentially diagnosing SLD from other conditions.

Early SLD identification and the right kind of help can raise the trajectory of a child's life. This book provides in-depth information to facilitate accurate identification and appropriate intervention to help you help the children in your care.

  • Understand how SLD manifests in academic performance
  • Learn theory- and research-based approaches to SLD identification
  • Examine the latest information about new aspects of SLD determination
  • Utilize appropriate and effective intervention strategies for student support

If a child's learning disability is caught early, and the correct type of support is provided, that child gets the chance to develop the skills that lead to achievement in school and beyond. As a high-incidence disorder, SLD affects 10-15 percent of the general population, making successful identification an essential skill for those who work with children. Essentials of Specific Learning Disability Identification provides authoritative guidance and practical methods that can help you start changing children's lives today.


Series Preface



One: Overview of Specific Learning Disabilities
Marlene Sotelo-Dynega, Dawn P. Flanagan, and Vincent C. Alfonso

Two: The Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders: How SLD Manifests in Reading
Steven G. Feifer

Three: How SLD Manifests in Mathematics
Michèlele M. M. Mazzocco and Rose Vukovic

Four: How SLD Manifests in Writing
Nancy Mather and Barbara J. Wendling

Five: How SLD Manifests in Oral Expression and Listening Comprehension
Nickola Wolf Nelson and Elisabeth H. Wiig

Six: Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
Margaret Semrud-Clikeman


Seven: A Response to Intervention (RTI) Approach to SLD Identification
Jack M. Fletcher and Jeremy Miciak

Eight: Using Student Response to Intervention to Identify SLD: Requirements, Recommendations, and Future Research
Mathew K. Burns, Kathrin E. Maki, Kristy Warmbolde-Brann, and June L. Preast

Nine: Cognitive Neuroscientific Contributions to Theoretical Understanding of Specific Learning Disabilities
Scott L. Decker, Rachel Bridges, and Tayllor Vetter

Ten: Integrating Instructionally Relevant Specific Learning Disability Diagnoses, Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses, and Positive Home-School Partnerships: Free and Appropriate Public Education for ALLAll.
Nicole Lynne Alston-Abel and Virginia Berninger and Nicole Alston-Abel

Eleven: Dual Discrepancy/Consistence Operational Definition of SLD: Integrating Multiple Data Sources and Multiple Data- Gathering Methods
Dawn P. Flanagan, Vincent C. Alfonso, Megan C. Sy, Vincent C. Alfonso, Jennifer T. Mascolo, and Erin M. McDonough

Twelve: Pattern of Strengths and Weaknesses Made Easy: The Discrepancy/Consistency Model
Jack A. Naglieri and Steve Feifer

Thirteen: Core Selective Evaluation Process (C-SEP) and Dual Discrepancy/Consistency (DD/C) Models for SLD Identification: A Case Study Approach
Gail M. Cheramie, G. Thomas Schanding Jr., and Dristien Kristin Streich


Fourteen: Difference or Disorder: Assessment of SLD Wwith an English Learner
Samuel O. Ortiz, Kristan E. Melo, and Meghan A. Terzulli

Fifteen: Differential Diagnosis of Specific Learning Disability Versus Other Difficulties
Benjamin J. Lovett and David A. Kilpatrick


About the Editors

About the Contributors

Author Index

Subject Index