PSW for SLD Identification: Does Cognition Matter

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 1
  • Skill Level: Advanced

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand neurocognitive brain networks that explain patterns of cognitive development.
  2. identify salient strengths and limitations of PSW methods.
  3. demonstrate the relationship between cognitive processes and academic skills/response to intervention.


This symposium summarizes research in education and neuroscience on the role of cognition in learning. Neurocognitive brain networks explaining patterns of cognitive development and their relevance for PSW are summarized. Research that suggests minimizing cognition in SLD identification via a PSW method is addressed within the context of research on its diagnostic utility. Conclusions about whether cognition matters are made and the benefits and limitations of using PSW in schools for SLD identification are presented.



Joseph Engler, Gonzaga University
Dawn P. Flanagan, St John's University
Jack A. Naglieri, University of Virginia
William J. Schneider, Temple University


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