Learning Disabilities Evaluations

Learning Disability Evaluations

What are some signs that an individual may have a learning disability?

1.      Difficulty with remembering facts

2.      Problems forming letters and numbers, as well as problems with basic spelling and grammar

3.      Not understanding oral instructions and an inability to express oneself verbally

4.      Losing or forgetting materials, or doing work and forgetting to turn it into the teacher

5.      An inability to plan out the steps and time lines for completing projects, especially long-term projects

6.      Difficulty organizing thoughts for written reports or public speaking

7.      Difficulties learning math skills and doing math calculations

8.      Difficulty organizing materials (notebook, binder, papers), information, and/or concepts

9.      Problems remembering familiar words by sight

10.   Difficulty with reading comprehension

A Learning Disability Evaluation is often completed to determine if an individual is qualified for reasonable accommodations at school or work.  For example accommodations for standardized exams (FCAT, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Bar Exam) may include extra time, use of computer or calculator, or private room. 

A Learning Disability Evaluation includes three parts: An assessment of potential, usually done through an IQ test; a battery of achievement tests to assess skills in reading, writing, and math; and a battery of tests to assess processing skills, which indicate possible problems with input, integration, and output of information.

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