Learning Disability Evaluation

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A Learning Disability affects a broad range of academic and functional skills, including: speaking, listening, reading, writing, spelling, and completing mathematical calculations. People with learning disabilities often have difficulty achieving at their intellectual level because of a deficit in one or more of the ways the brain processes information.

Is your child struggling in school? An evaluation at Legacy Center may be helpful in providing you and your child with the information you need to provide the proper help he/she needs.

  • Difficulty with reading and/or writing
  • Problems with math skills
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Trouble following directions
  • Poor coordination
  • Difficulty with concepts related to time
  • Difficulty staying on task (easily distracted)
  • Difficulty finding the right way to say something
  • Inconsistent school performance
  • Poor spelling
  • Difficulty recalling numbers in sequence (for example, telephone numbers and addresses)
  • Trouble distinguishing left from right
  • A strong dislike of writing and/or drawing
  • Problems with grammar
  • Trouble writing down ideas
  • A quick loss of energy and interest while writing
  • Trouble writing down thoughts in a logical sequence

WHAT CAN I EXPECT (AS A PARENT) DURING THE EVALUATION?

Parents will attend a 1 hour intake session that will provide the doctor with all relevant past and current information. Insurance does not cover exclusive learning evaluations. You will be contacted by the billing department to let you know what costs are involved. During the evaluation, parents will fill out several surveys to report history and present information about your child. It may be helpful to bring snacks for your child. You may have more than one testing appointment for your child depending on your child’s age. You will also participate in a structured interview with your doctor to discuss in more detail information concerning your child.

WHAT CAN MY CHILD EXPECT?

During a learning disability evaluation, your child will be given a cognitive test that includes questions and tasks to complete. In addition, he/she will participate in an academic test that will assess your child’s acquired knowledge. Also, if your child is old enough, he/she will complete self-report surveys. The process of testing may take up to 8-10 hours.

Instruments or measures utilized by Legacy include:

  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence – Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
  • Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)
  • Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – Second Edition (WIAT-II)
  • Wechsler Memory Scale – Fourth Edition (WMS-IV)
  • Children’s Memory Scale (CMS)
  • Woodcock-Johnson Test of Achievement – Fourth Edition (WJ-IV)
  • Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP)
  • Gray Oral Reading Tests – Fifth Edition (GORT-5)