Appraise approaches to specific learning disability constructs

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Assignment: Appraise Approaches to Specific Learning Disability Constructs


This assignment has two parts. Both parts will be combined into one document for submission. 

Part I: A classification framework comprised of particular attributes is used to define the existence of a specific learning disability under the IDEA. Different evaluation methods are then used to identify if referred students possess or demonstrate these identified attributes, typically along a continuum of severity. To develop a greater understanding of what constitutes a specific learning disability, discuss the strengths, weaknesses, and implications on resulting educational programming of the following evaluation methods: 

Cognitive Discrepancy Model 

Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) 

Response to Intervention (RtI) 

Service Delivery Hybrid Approach 

Part II: Review the article located under your weekly resources entitled, “The Trend in SLD enrollments and the Role of RtI” (Zirkel, 2013). Address the following prompts regarding the historical trends in SLD identification and the influence of RtI as a model:

Describe the overall trends in SLD identification from 1995-2012. 

Summarize the influence of the RtI model on SLD identification. 

Summarize the influences of additional factors affecting SLD identification.

Briefly describe the implications of these findings as a leader in special education. 

Length: 5 pages, not including title and reference pages. 

References: Minimum of 5 scholarly resources. Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect doctoral-level writing and APA standards