Approximately one in seven Americans has some type of learning disability, such as dyslexia (a reading disability). Source: International Dyslexia Association
A learning disability is a neurological disorder that typically runs in families. People with learning disabilities may have difficulty on tasks that require reading, writing, spelling, or solving problems in math.
Testing of academic and cognitive skills is an effective way to obtain valuable information when a student is struggling with school or performing below their potential. These educational evaluations provide a clear picture of the factors that are contributing to frustration in school. Specific recommendations guide the process of developing the student’s IEP (Individualized Education Program) or 504 Plan to tackle the underlying causes and increase their chances for academic success.
What are possible signs of a learning disability?
- low grades on tests or trouble finishing tests on time
- difficulty learning the connection between letters and sounds
- frequent reading and spelling errors
- reading very slowly and with a lot of effort
- trouble carrying out the steps in math problems
- slow to remember facts and learn new skills
- difficulty getting ideas on paper
- trouble answering questions after reading a story
- slow to learn prefixes, suffixes, root words, and other rules about words
- trouble solving word problems in math
College Students and Dyslexia Testing / Learning Disability Evaluations
Educational testing is often necessary for college students who are struggling academically and may be dealing with undiagnosed learning disabilities. Learning disability evaluations can facilitate the process of securing necessary accommodations for college entrance exams (such as the ACT or SAT). In addition, many students entering college will benefit from an updated educational evaluation to identify appropriate accommodations for college courses.
Adult students often require thorough testing to support a request for accommodations on exams related to graduate school (e.g., GRE, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, Praxis) and for licensing exams (e.g., medical board exams, bar exams, etc.). These evaluations must meet specific criteria outlined by the schools or licensing boards to qualify as supporting documentation.
With targeted intervention and appropriate support, individuals with learning disabilities can be successful in school and in their careers. Getting a thorough learning disability evaluation is a critical first step toward tackling academic issues and excelling in school and work.
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