Learning disabilities (LD) creates difficulties in certain areas of learning and can impact an individual's academic performance. LD may cause trouble in listening, speaking, reading, spelling, or computing math. One example of LD is dyslexia which makes it hard for individuals to read, write, and/or spell. Although LD is a life long experience, taking steps to manage it early during childhood can help increase the likelihood of success in school and other areas.
What are the symptoms of a learning disability?
If you experience a few of these symptoms that makes your academic performance difficult, a learning disability may be the cause:
Difficulty following teacher's instruction/lectures in class
Slow reading rates or frequent need to reread passages
Difficulty expressing yourself in words or in writing
Longer than average study times
Feeling well-prepared for a test only to obtain a low or failing score
Confusing similar words when reading or speaking
Mixing up mathematical symbols or letters
Difficulty grasping mathematical concepts
Problems understanding graphs, diagrams, or punctuation
What can I expect during my or my child's assessment?
A comprehensive assessment starts with a extensive clinical interview including parent consultation (if applicable). The testing materials will consist of measures that assess for reading/writing, personality, learning style, language and problem solving skills, and IQ (intelligence quotient). A report will be generated, typically within 2-3 weeks, which can be used in his/her Individual Education Plan (IEP) or school accommodations.