Learning Disability Assessment
Children and adults can struggle academically for a variety of reasons. Problems with reading, writing and math can make it difficult to learn effectively because these skills are required in order to learn. Therefore, we examine the hierarchy of skills used in each area to discover what the learning disability is in order to better help the client with his/her unique circumstances.
With reading and writing, addressing difficulties with encoding/decoding, fluency and comprehension/expression is necessary. If any difficulties are found in these areas, we can examine the component skills of literacy, such as phonological awareness, orthographic awareness and rapid naming.
Math performance is examined for written and applied math on word problems and fluency in recalling basic facts. We also can examine the building blocks of math, such as number sense and development of an internal number line.
A learning disability (LD) assessment can help to diagnose dyslexia (reading disability), dysgraphia (writing disability) or dyscalculia (math disability). This type of evaluation typically does not examine attention, memory, executive functions or anxiety because these skills are assessed through a more extensive neuropsychological evaluation. As part of the initial interview, the psychologist will help you determine which evaluation is most appropriate for you or your child. A learning disability assessment takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete depending on the areas examined.
- National Research on Learning Disabilities
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- LD Online
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
- Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan
- National Center on Student Progress Monitoring
- Florida Center for Reading Research
- What Works Clearinghouse
- All Kinds of Minds