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Human Development Institute

University Center for
Excellence in Disabilities

HDI Community Training Event

How to Navigate the Muddy Road to the Diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities

Date: December 6,2019

Time: 1:00 PM EST - 3:00 PM EST

Presenters: Alissa Briggs, PhD, NCSP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Continuing Education Units: This program is presented in conjunction with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. CRC credit hours are approved for Rehabilitation Counseling. CEUs for Social Work are pending.

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Location: UK Coldstream Research Campus Human Development Institute Training Room 1525 Bull Lea Road, Lexington KY 40511

The shift in the diagnosis of learning disabilities allows for children and adolescents to receive specialized, evidence-based instruction before they fail. Most would agree this is an important and common sense shift. While the current model for diagnosing learning disabilities is well-intentioned and generally preferred, the movement towards it has been messy and confusing for most. Alissa Briggs, PhD, NCSP, a certified school psychologist and licensed clinical psychologist, will explain what learning disabilities are, how they are diagnosed, and what parents need to know and do in order to support their children through this process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define specific learning disabilities according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and the Kentucky Department of Education.
  2. Understand the process of evaluation for a specific learning disability in multiple settings given the discrepancy and response to intervention models.
  3. Identify steps to take if there are concerns about a child’s ability to learn academic skills.