Masters Thesis

School-based assessment, classification, and intervention of neurodevelopmental disorders

The present paper outlines the author’s portfolio product completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Psychology: School Psychology, focused on neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs). Approximately 15% of children in the United States have a diagnosed NDD, many of whom require special services. Although special education services exist to provide these services, the prognosis of students with NDDs is far from perfect. It has been argued that a lack of evidence based practices (EBP) in the identification and treatment of students with NDDs has contributed to this reality. Due to the nature of our training, school psychologists are in a prime position to make sure that EBPs are implemented. The portfolio products summarized within demonstrate the author’s competence in the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) training standards. These products provide examples of contemporary cognitive assessment as it relates to the identification of Dyslexia, differential identification of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessment and intervention, assessment with diverse families, and reading interventions with at-risk Kindergarteners. The author concludes with practical recommendations for school psychologists who strive to implement EBPs in their work within the school setting.