Evidence-Based Assessment of Learning Disabilites and ADHD in Older Adolescents and Adults
Robb Mapou, Ph.D.
Workshop Instructional Level: Intermediate
There is no potential conflict of interest and for this program or its presenter.
This workshop will teach participants how to complete assessments of older adolescents and adults with learning disabilities (LDs) and ADHD from an evidence-based perspective. Topics will include research on LDs and ADHD in older adolescents and adults, emphasizing research related to assessment; components of a cognitively-based comprehensive assessment, including performance and symptom validity assessment; briefer assessments when time is a factor; disability documentation based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the associated 2008 ADA Amendments Act, and related guidelines and new developments; reasonable accommodations; and briefly, interventions and treatment. The workshop will conclude one or more detailed case examples.
This workshop is designed to help you:
- Summarize current research about learning disabilities and ADHD in older adolescents and adults;
- Identify the types of evidence-based learning disabilities in older adolescents and adults and the assessment components needed for each;
- Recognize key historical factors that can help diagnose learning disabilities and ADHD in older adolescents and adults;
- Apply a typical assessment battery - including history, checklists, tests, feedback, and documentation - to evaluate learning disabilities and ADHD in older adolescents and adults;
- Analyze the implications of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 2008 ADA Amendments Act, and more recent DOJ recommendations for assessment, documentation, and accommodations in school and at work;
- Explain and apply the requirements in testing agency/university documentation guidelines and DOJ recommendations to assessment and documentation of learning disabilities and ADHD in post-secondary education students and high-stakes testing candidates;
- Identify reasonably acceptable accommodations in school or on the job for older adolescents and with learning disabilities or ADHD.
Robb Mapou, Ph.D., is an ABPP board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in private practice with The Stixrud Group, in Silver Spring, MD. He is Director of Adult Neuropsychology and specializes in the evaluation of adolescents and adults with learning disabilities and ADHD. He also consults with colleges and universities, assisting with review of submitted documentation. Dr. Mapou holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His book, Adult Learning Disabilities and ADHD: Research-Informed Assessment, was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press.