New Mexico Association of
School Psychologists

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D - Assessment of Functional Impairment in Children & Autism Spectrum Rating Scale

  • April 08, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Hispanic Cultural Center - Albuquerque, NM

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Please join us for a one day conference featuring Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.  Earn 6 CPD's and further your understanding of the following topics:


Assessment of Functional Impairment in Children:

New Data, New Ideas and the Rating Scale of Impairment



Sam Goldstein, Ph.D.



Impairment has become a primary focus of psychological and educational assessments in the community and schools. Qualification of disability status and/or services under multiple legislations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education, Americans with Disabilities and the Social Security Acts all require accurate assessment of impairment above and beyond diagnosis and disability determination. This presentation addresses cutting edge research and evidence based practice of the assessment of impairment in children in school and mental health settings. The history of assessment of impairment as part of the diagnostic process will be guided by a discussion of the World Health Organization impairment standards and recommendations from diagnostic protocols (e.g., Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association - 5thEdition). The presentation will introduce data from a nationally representative standardization sample of 3,500 children assessing impairment in school, community and home. The Rating Scale of Impairment will be introduced as a valid and reliable means of assessing impairment in the diagnostic process. The presentation will include an overview of integrating impairment data into a comprehensive assessment, treatment, planning and monitoring.



Learning Objectives



1. Based on the content of this presentation, participants will develop an understanding of the history and theory of impairment in school and mental health assessments.



2. Based on the content of this presentation, participants will develop a knowledge of the most current theories of methods of assessment of impairment.



3. Based upon the content of this presentation, participants will develop an understanding of the relationship of theories and practical applications for assessment and integrating impairment data into a diagnostic process.



4. Based on the content of this presentation, participants will develop knowledge of the most representative data addressing treatment monitoring of impairment in children.



ASRS Presentation Description



During this presentation, participants will be introduced to the Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS) and its utility as an effective assessment tool in data-based decision making. Scale development and key psychometric properties will be highlighted. Review will be made of content, administration, scoring options and interpretation of the ASRS. A relevant school-based case study will be applied to the recommended four-step interpretation process in order for the participants to feel confident in using the ASRS when they return to their schools following the presentation. Participants will receive sample copies of an ASRS protocol and software report.



By the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have acquired the following practical skills and principles that can be directly applied in the educational setting

  • Knowledge of the ASRS and the essential features

  • Confidence in the psychometric properties of the ASRS

  • Experience in interpretation of the ASRS through the application of a case-study to the recommended four-step interpretation process

  • Familiarity with ASRS administration and scoring options

  • Application of the ASRS results in data-based decision making and intervention planning
















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