Upcoming events

    • 02/19/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Nova Southeastern University, 3650 Colonial Ct. Fort Myers FL 33913

    Nondiscriminatory Assessment of English Language Learners Through the Lens of Neuropsychology

    Presented by Monica Oganes, Ph.D.

    The growing English learner population and limited ability of bilingual practitioners who speak every language has generated the need for all practitioners to engage in culturally competent assessment practices that provide valid data for intervention design that truly improves learning outcomes.  This workshop will integrate best practice in school neuropsychology and bilingual assessment starting at classroom-level formative assessment through the comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation. Using a cross-battery model for the selection of subtests to assess cognitive profiles related to academic deficits, monolingual and bilingual practitioners will learn skills to assess culturally and linguistically diverse students of all linguistic backgrounds. The skills learned in this workshop can be immediately applied upon returning to work.


    •  Participants will learn classroom formative assessment techniques that work with ELLs
    • Participants will learn to identify subtests to assess cognitive functions using a nondiscriminatory cross-battery assessment approach to link neurocognitive profiles to academic deficits

    NASP Domains 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8

    Monica obtained an educational specialist degree in school psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a neuropsychology concentration. She has experience working in public schools, hospital settings, and is now Clinical Director of her group practice with offices in Miami and Orlando. She currently serves in the NASP Bilingual Interest Group Leadership and as Chair of the School Neuropsychology Committee at FASP. Monica is passionate about nondiscriminatory professional practice. As consultant to psychological test publishers, Monica has participated in translation and development of more than a dozen test instruments used in psychology practice internationally. Monica provides training and consultation on best practice in the assessment and instruction of bilingual learners to school districts and psychology associations at the national and international levels.

    • 03/05/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Administrative Center East, Building 2, Room 019 1614 E. Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34471

    Using Standardized Assessment Tools and Interactive Interview Techniques to Evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Presented by Stephanie Roberts, M.S., CAS, WPS Assessment Consultant

    This intermediate level workshop informs participants on using standardized      assessment tools to evaluate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Following an  overview of  DSM-5 criteria for ASD, best practices for how to use a variety of   currently available assessment tools as part of a diagnostic evaluation for ASD will be described, including the MIGDAS-2, CARS2, SRS-2, and ABAS-3. Use of an online evaluation system incorporating these tools will be demonstrated, including guidance in how to use online features to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the assessment process, improve report writing, and facilitate intervention   planning.


    • Describe the DSM-5 criteria for ASD and how to gather information to inform clinical decision making
    • Explain how to use the MIGDAS-2 as part of a diagnostic evaluation for ASD
    • Explain how to use the CARS2 as part of a diagnostic evaluation for ASD
    • Explain how to use the SRS-2 as part of a diagnostic evaluation for ASD
    • Explain how to use the ABAS-3 as part of a diagnostic evaluation for ASD
    • Identify the basic features of the WPS Online Evaluation System, including how to use online assessment tools to administer and score the SRS-2 and ABAS-3

    NASP Domains

    ·Data-based decision making and accountability, Consultation and collaborationDiversity in development and learningLegal, ethical, and professional practiceIntervention services to develop social and life skillsFamily-School Collaboration Services

    About the presenter

    Stephanie received her M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology from Towson University in Maryland. She worked in public education for nineteen years, seventeen of which were as a School Psychologist in Maryland Public Schools before joining WPS as an Assessment Consultant. In addition to being a school psychologist, she has been active in her national, state, and local associations. She has served on the Board of Directors for the NASP and as NASP Delegate for Maryland. She has also served on the Board of the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association as President, Legislative Chairperson, Newsletter Editor, Program Co-chairperson, and several other roles. She was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Commission on Special Education Access and Equity as a representative of the Maryland School Psychologists’ Association. She has been presented the MSPA Presidential Award for her service to MSPA and school psychology in Maryland on four occasions (2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008).

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