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Learning disability testing? Is there testing available to see if one has a learning disability?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The testing is neuropsychological testing performed by psychologists with advanced training

In brief: Yes

The testing is neuropsychological testing performed by psychologists with advanced training
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Neuropsychologists &

psychologists test kids & adults with avg.
to above-avg. IQ's with unexpected low achievement in math, written language &/or reading beginning in childhood. Insurances cover only if the referring physician proves medical necessity. US schools no longer test unless a child shows inadequate progress in rate of learning & level of academic achievement after 3-tiered Response To Intervention.

In brief: Neuropsychologists &

psychologists test kids & adults with avg.
to above-avg. IQ's with unexpected low achievement in math, written language &/or reading beginning in childhood. Insurances cover only if the referring physician proves medical necessity. US schools no longer test unless a child shows inadequate progress in rate of learning & level of academic achievement after 3-tiered Response To Intervention.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology

In brief: Sure there is

School psychologist, licensed psychologists and neuropsychologists typically do this type of testing.
It usually involves taking a clincial and deveopmental history, mental status, and iq test and processing and achievement tests. To learn more about ld testing see: http://ldassessmeent.Com or a basic overview: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/learning_disorders.Asp.

In brief: Sure there is

School psychologist, licensed psychologists and neuropsychologists typically do this type of testing.
It usually involves taking a clincial and deveopmental history, mental status, and iq test and processing and achievement tests. To learn more about ld testing see: http://ldassessmeent.Com or a basic overview: http://cpancf.Com/articles_files/learning_disorders.Asp.
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Dr. Ernest Bordini
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
School psychologists no longer test for SLD unless & until a child whose IQ is assumed to be average to above-average demonstrates inability to accelerate both rate & level of academic learning & achievement levels adequately after several months of 3-tiered Response To Intervention. By definition, SLD begins during the developmental period, though it may go undetected till adulthood.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: There

There are many tests that evaluate whether somebody has a learning disability.
Most major school systems have been addressing this problem for many years now, and have specific tests to see whether somebody has one. If you think the schools will not be helpful, you can see a neuropsychologist, psychologist, or psychiatrist, who also would be able to provide the same service (they developed the tests in the first place). What is good about these tests is that they identify weak areas, and may be able to help develop strategies to overcome, or at least work around them. Of course the tests aren't perfect, but they are often very helpful. My personal advice is that the results of these tests be seen as advice about how to get on with your life, not as a reason to give up on learning.

In brief: There

There are many tests that evaluate whether somebody has a learning disability.
Most major school systems have been addressing this problem for many years now, and have specific tests to see whether somebody has one. If you think the schools will not be helpful, you can see a neuropsychologist, psychologist, or psychiatrist, who also would be able to provide the same service (they developed the tests in the first place). What is good about these tests is that they identify weak areas, and may be able to help develop strategies to overcome, or at least work around them. Of course the tests aren't perfect, but they are often very helpful. My personal advice is that the results of these tests be seen as advice about how to get on with your life, not as a reason to give up on learning.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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