INTRODUCTION The category of specific learning disabilities (SLD) encompasses a heterogeneous group of disorders that adversely impacts the development of some aspect of academic functioning and proficiency. Although few doubt the existence of SLD, a lack of consensus regarding definition, as well as a failure to resolve various identification and treatment issues, has plagued the field since its inception. One major area of controversy is the use of intelligence tests for the identification of individuals with SLD (Kaufman & Kaufman, 2001). During the last four decades, the work and writings of Dr. Alan Kaufman, in association with his wife, Dr. Nadeen Kaufman, have helped to clarify, refine, and substantiate the most efficacious ways intelligence tests can and should be used with individuals having or suspected of having SLD. The purpose of this chapter is to discuss various aspects of their contributions that have had particular relevance to and impact on the field of learning disabilities through my own perspective. The chapter includes discussion of several issues that have affected SLD identification and assessment procedures, as well as consideration of the most pragmatic and valid processes and procedures for diagnosing SLD.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Intelligent Testing: Integrating Psychological Theory and Clinical Practice|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|Number of pages||23|
|ISBN (Print)||9780511575907, 9780521861212|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2009|
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