CEUs for SLPs

Understanding IDEA, Eligibility, Standardized Tests and report writing - Master Course

Master Class Series, 6.5-hours

Course Description

Test Psychometrics
A recent publication noted that practicing speech-language pathologists strongly associated evidence-based practice with treatment, but not with assessment.  This may be, in part, with an implicit belief that published tests have something of a privileged status.  Moreover, many clinicians feel ill prepared to navigate test manuals to determine if the evidence is available to support their clinical needs.  In this presentation, we seek to equip clinicians with the skills needed for evidence-based diagnostics.  The presentation will explode popular myths about standardized testing (e.g., tests themselves are valid or invalid, test bias is avoided if the norms include minority children).  Real cases and examples from tests will be used to illustrate core principles of evidence-based assessment.
Eligibility
Eligibility criteria for school-based services are dictated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). The mandates of the IDEA then get translated through several levels of administration before being operationalized into a set of eligibility criteria used by local school districts. These translations can have the effect of the “telephone” game in which the message shifts with each translation between the law and the school district. As a result, clinicians are often asked to use practices that do not reflect evidence-based practice and have a dubious relationship to the law itself. This presentation reviews what the law requires by looking at the actual wording of the law and linking this to best practices in diagnostics.
This master course also described why the collection of background history is important for both diagnostic and intervention purposes. Case studies and sample speech and language reports were reviewed.

CEUs/Hours Offered

ASHA: 0.65 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate 
CA SLPAHB: 6.5 hrs 
CMH: 6.5 hrs

About the Presenters

Learning Outcomes

Learn about what the law does and does not say about service eligibility

Discriminate between the distinct assessment purposes mandated by the IDEA.

Link different diagnostic approaches to the different assessment purposes under the IDEA.

Identify basement effects that prevent accurate diagnoses of impairment.

Identify how bias is assessed and avoided in norm-referenced testing.

List diagnostic questions that are not addressed via standardized testing.

Create interactive sessions to increase engagement using green screen technology

Recommendation for language to include in the Speech and Language Report for online evaluations

Satisfactory Course Completion Requirements

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.

Agenda

15 mins - Disclosures, Introduction

60 mins - objectives

learn about what the law does and does not say about service eligibility.

 discriminate between the distinct assessment purposes mandated by the IDEA.

link different diagnostic approaches to the different assessment purposes under the IDEA.

30 mins - Review of recommended methodology and strategies

15 mins - Q&A

5 mins - Disclosures, Introduction

55 mins                     Essentials of  Psychometrics

  • 1) Participants will list and link specific psychometric evidence supporting practice to specific purposes for assessment.

    2) Participants will identify basement effects that prevent accurate diagnoses of impairment.

    3) Participants will identify how bias is assessed and avoided in norm-referenced testing.

    4) Participants will list diagnostic questions that are not addressed via standardized testing.

40 mins                      Examples

20 mins                      Recommendations, Discussion

3 mins - Disclosures, Introduction

25 mins - Rationale and case studies: psychometric properties of standardized tests (sensitivity, specificity, validity and reliability), review of current standardized tests with adequate psychometric properties, importance of literacy based evaluation techniques, review of case studies to illustrate a complete literacy based assessment battery. 

17 mins - Results and Recommendations: list of recommended psychometric test properties to critically analyze standardized tests, list of assessment techniques to address literacy

15 mins - Q&A

5 mins - Disclosures, Introduction

20 mins - Rationale/Recommendations/Analysis of 2 sample speech-language reports

  1. Explain why a thorough background history documentation can lead to important diagnostic discoveries relevant for assessment and treatment purposes
  2. List components of a thorough and complete background history report
  3. Analyze completeness and accuracy of 2 sample speech-language reports

5 mins - Q&A

5 mins - Disclosures, Introduction

15 mins                      IDEA regulations

20 mins                      Writing Samples

Review of the legal requirements and components for a speech and language evaluation and report

Recommendation for language to include in the Speech and Language Report for online evaluations

20 mins                      Recommendations, Discussion

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