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F.1 Baselines, Bell Curves, Batteries, and Bias: Making Sense of Educational Assessments


One Day Session

Friday, March 9th

9:00 am - 5:00 PM


Audience Category: All *New optional offering, an advanced advocate certificate program.  Attend this pre-conference AND T-1 - Thu Full Day - To IEP and Beyond: Using Your Advocacy Skills & Tools Before, During and After the IEP, then select sessions of interest to you on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will receive an advanced advocate training certificate for 24 hours of training. Must have at least 5 years of advocacy experience to participate in the certificate program. 

Audience Level of Expertise: Intermediate


Brief Session Description:

Assessment reports are essential to educational planning for students with disabilities. Participants learn professional jargon; analyze core components of psychoeducational and developmental reports; and take part in practice exercises designed to build confidence in reading, understanding, and using the information contained in these perplexing documents to create meaningful and appropriately individualized educational programs for the students they serve.




Ann Simun, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist (PSY20113)
Simun Psychological Assessment Services, PC/Neuropsychology Partners
2001 S. Barrington Avenue, Suite 214
Los Angeles, CA 90025
ph: 310-478-8888
fax: 310-478-8890


Sandra Dixon Shove
Non-attorney Special Education Advocate
EPIC Advocacy and Consulting
7 West Figueroa St., Suite 300
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
ph: 805-252-1807


Presenter(s) Biography(ies):

Ann Simun, PsyD, has been working professionally with children with learning and behavioral challenges since 1989. She is a licensed psychologist (PSY20113), with a specialization in neuropsychology. She is also a credentialed and experienced School Counselor, School Psychologist, and Licensed Educational Psychologist, making her eligible to conduct IEEs for school district matters. Dr. Simun is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and International Neuropsychological Society. She regularly presents at conferences nationwide and provides training for school districts, parents, advocates, and nonprofit disability agencies. Dr. Simun conducts neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments, provides expert witness and consultation services, conducts formal observations, and teaches psychoeducational assessment at the graduate level.


Sandra Dixon Shove is a former elementary educator, a non-attorney special education advocate in private practice, and a longtime Autism Society affiliate leader. She has 12 years of experience teaching, 12 years advocating for children with a variety of disabilities, and more than 13 years supporting and mentoring parents, as well as developing and presenting community awareness programs countywide as an Autism Society leader. She is the mother of three adolescents/young adults (one with autism), Vice President of Autism Society of Santa Barbara, First Vice President of Autism Society of California, and a member of the Alliance of California Autism Organizations, Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys, and Women’s Organization for Special Education Professionals. Sandy draws from this broad background and shares lessons learned while helping other parents become empowered members of their children’s planning teams.

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