Testing for Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and ADHD
A comprehensive psycho-educational evaluation can help determine whether a person has a learning disability, dyslexia, or ADHD. The evaluation includes the following elements:
1. When you call for an appointment, we'll briefly discuss your situation over the phone. If it appears that a psycho-educational evaluation would be helpful, I'll send you a questionnaire to complete and we'll schedule a 45-minute initial consultation to explore the problem in more detail. For students in elementary school or middle school, the initial consultation involves parents only. High school students usually attend the initial consultation along with parents. College students and adults may attend the initial consultation by themselves, or may bring a family member along to provide additional information.
2. The next step involves 7-8 hours of cognitive and educational (academic skills) testing, usually done in two or more sessions. Cognitive tests are usually administered orally; academic skills tests are administered orally and via pencil and paper. We'll take breaks during the test sessions whenever you need them.
The cognitive abilities we'll be looking at include:
• Intellectual functioning (IQ) • Reasoning abilities • Auditory (listening) and visual processing skills • Memory for auditory and visual information • Working memory (retaining information while using it) • Visual-motor skills • Processing speed
The academic skills we'll be looking at include:
• Reading (sight-word recognition, sounding out words, speed, comprehension) • Written language (sentence and essay construction, spelling, proofreading) • Oral language (listening and speaking) • Mathematics (computational skills, word problems, math concepts)
I'll also have you complete questionnaires that ask about symptoms of depression, anxiety, and ADHD, so that we can examine whether problems in any of those areas are interfering with your performance.
3. After we finish the testing, we'll schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss the results. At this meeting, you'll find out:
• Whether learning disabilities, dyslexia, or ADHD is causing the problem • Your learning style; the best ways for you to understand and remember information • How to improve the "fit" between your learning style and your school or work environment • Which types of support services, accommodations, and study strategies will help - and where to find them
I'll also be available to you for follow-up consultation as you begin to use the recommended strategies and supports in your day-to-day life.
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