Putting the Learning back in Learning Disabilities: OPA Guidelines for Diagnosis and Assessment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Learning Disabilities
by Dr. Carolyn Lennox & Dr. Judy Wiener
Thursday, November 28 @ 7:30-9:00 p.m. EDT (Toronto time)
For several years, there has been inconsistency in the psychology community on diagnostic criteria to use when diagnosing a Learning Disability. This inconsistency has caused considerable confusion in the public and disruption in service. To remediate this, a cross-sectoral group of psychologists spent 20 months developing consensus-based diagnostic criteria and guidelines for the assessment of Learning Disability. Recently, the Ontario Psychological Association and the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario adopted these criteria and they are available on the OPA website under Resources: https://www.psych.on.ca/Resources/OPA-Guidelines
In this webinar, attendees will learn
- why the guidelines were developed and by whom
- what is different in the current guidelines from older guidelines;
- criteria required for a diagnosis of Learning Disability;
- myths about assessment;
- assessment of special populations, eg. gifted, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students
Presenters: Dr. Carolyn Lennox is a Clinical and School Psychologist, currently Manager of Psychology Services in TDSB West Region, Learning Centre 4. She received her M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology at the University of London, England and completed her PhD. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. Past work experience includes Manager of Clinical Services at the Geneva Centre for Children with Autism and School Psychologist with the Peel District School Board. A past board member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), she is currently a member of OPA and of the Executive committee of the Section on Psychology in Education of OPA ; member of CPA; President of the Association of Chief Psychologists with Ontario School Boards; chair of the Liaison Committee between the Ministry of Education, Special Education Branch, and OPA ; and, co-chair of the Cross-Sectoral group in Ontario concerning assessment and diagnosis of students with Learning Disabilities (that resulted in the OPA Guidelines for Assessment and Diagnosis . Special interests include learning disabilities, dyslexia and the reading process, autism and resilience.
Dr. Judy Wiener is Professor Emerita of School and Clinical Child Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at OISE/University of Toronto. She worked as a school psychologist in Quebec and Ontario for six years, has consulted in children's mental health centers, supervised assessments in the OISE Psychology Clinic, and had a small private practice. Her primary clinical expertise is assessment and psychosocial interventions with children and adolescents with learning disabilities and ADHD, and immigrants and refugees. Dr. Wiener was previously President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and Chair of the Educational and School Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association. She recently was an active member of the Cross Sectoral Committee that developed the Ontario Psychological Association Guidelines for Diagnosis and Assessment of Children, Adolescents and Adults with Learning Disabilities. Dr. Wiener is on the editorial board of several journals. Her research is on self-perceptions, family and peer relationships of children and adolescents with ADHD and learning disabilities and the efficacy of school-based and mindfulness interventions. She has published over 100 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a book published by Springer entitled Psychological Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children and Adolescents: A Practitioner’s Guide.