Testing for Learning Disabilities
What Causes a Learning Disability?
A learning disability is caused by a difference in the brain that affects how information is received, processed, or communicated. Individuals with learning disabilities have trouble processing sensory information because they see, hear, and understand things differently.
Reasons for Performing Testing for Learning Disabilities
Individuals with learning disabilities generally perform below expected levels, based on
their age, education and cognitive abilities.
Learning disabilities can interfere with an individual's abilities in:
- Concentration or Focus
How Testing for Learning Disabilities Can Help
The results of a thorough learning disability evaluation can assist with:
- Obtaining classroom accommodations to maximize learning.
- Obtaining testing accommodations (like extended time) on standardized tests (e.g. SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, BAR, etc.) to maximize performance.
- Better self-esteem and self-confidence.
- Realistic understanding and acceptance of one's limitations.
- Appreciation and valuing of one's strengths.
Tests I Use for Assessing Learning Disabilities:
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-IV)
- Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV)
- Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-IV)
- Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Achievement
- Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT)
- Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test
- Raven Progressive Matrices
- Leiter Test of Nonverbal Intelligence
- Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI-III)
- Nelson-Denny Reading Test