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Specific learning disability (SLD) is the most common eligibility category through which students receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The purpose of this course, developed using information from the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities, is to summarize research on the identification of SLD and make recommendations for practice. The legal requirements for SLD identification and what constitutes a comprehensive evaluation are included, as well as a discussion of the attributes of SLD according to different conceptual frameworks and research reviews on the reliability and validity of different methods for SLD identification.
1. Identify legal requirements for SLD identification including eligibility requirements and revised provisions for identification.
2. Describe the eight criteria that must be included in the comprehensive SLD evaluation process.
3. Discuss the attributes of SLD, evaluate the reliability of identification methods, and summarize recommendations for SLD identification.
4. Analyze the evidence base for implementing frameworks to understand SLDs as well as the identification methods embedded in each framework.
5. Outline the characteristics, validity and reliability of identification methods based on processing strengths and weaknesses.
6. Review exclusionary criteria that must be considered when identifying students with SLD, and how such information can assist in planning for effective interventions.
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