Preparing Your Case Study for the NCSP Application
Tips for Applicants
1. As you choose your case study, remember that this is an interventions/problem
solving case study. Case studies that focus on a traditional psychoeducational
assessment for eligibility generally are not good choices unless you
have put an intervention into place.
2. Follow the directions in the application booklet carefully.
3. To aid the Board in reviewing your case study, it is helpful if
you divide your presentation into the six key areas listed in the case
study directions in the application booklet. Labeling these sections
also is helpful.
4. As you address each of the six areas, be sure to include discussion
about the subparts listed for several of the areas.
5. Be sure to proof read and spell check your case study.
6. Be sure that any graphs tables or figures are labeled.
7. Be sure to note the following as linked to the six areas:
Area 1. Background and context
It is not necessary to present a complete psycho educational assessment
report. Instead, focus on describing the presenting problem or referral
Descriptions of the problem must be in observable measurable terms.
Briefly describe the current level of performance and the expected
level. The expected level can be determined through consultation with
the teacher, observations of typical children, discussions with administrators,
etc, depending on the referral question.
You must provide baseline data that is directly related to the identified
problem. The data collected must be collected in a reasonable manner
along relevant dimensions. Remember that you will be comparing your
outcome data to the baseline data at the end of the intervention.
Area 2. Description and Analysis
Summarize the assessment methods used. Remember that these should
be geared to providing additional, clarifying information about the
identified problem and should be directly related to seeking answers
to the identified problem.
Discuss your hypotheses as the possible reasons for the problem and
its occurrence. That is, present reasons about "why" the
behavior is occurring as well as consider factors contributing to the
problem. Interventions can only be developed when hypotheses are developed.
Area 3. Link data with goals
Using the data you developed and your hypotheses, develop the goals
for the intervention. Goals and interventions should be planned so
that they can be implemented and have a high probability of success.
The areas of intervention and goals must be consistent with regard to
the problem analysis. The goals should be stated in explicit, measurable
Area 4. Specific description of the intervention
Specify how the intervention was implemented. Describe the intervention
related to each goal in 3. Components of the intervention must be explained
in sufficient detail that the reader would be able to put a similar
intervention in place. The intervention steps must be manageable and
realistic given the available resources. A description of how the intervention
is being monitored also should be included. The intervention can be
direct or indirect.
Area 5. Collaborative efforts
Describe how relevant members of the client(s)' environment were included
in the case from step 1 on. Describe the role of each participant and
what supports were in place for the participants. If attempts at collaboration
were partially successful or unsuccessful, there should be an explanation
of the attempts made and the potential effects. Consent is not considered
to be collaboration.
Area 6. Outcome data and discussion of results
Data should be provided to illustrate the success of the intervention
in addressing each goal. Data should be provided directly related to
the change in behavior or skills by comparing the baseline data or assessment
data with the outcome data. Data should be transformed from raw forms
to allow determination of change. Progress towards meeting goals should
also be discussed. Describe the progress, how it was monitored, factors
that may have impeded progress, possible modifications and whether the
problem has been solved or requires further or different intervention.