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Different Psychological Tests for Learning Disabilities

 

A learning disability is a general term used to refer to a class of disorders which interfere with learning and the acquiring of knowledge, especially in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, and math. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), 1 in 5 individuals in the United States is affected by learning and attention issues. Despite its prevalence, however, there are still many misconceptions about them.

 

For example, a 2012 online survey by NCLD also revealed that many parents and educators misunderstand learning disabilities, and link them to intellectual disabilities, autism, blindness, deafness, and even laziness. Therefore, it remains undiagnosed for many children.

 

Many people are also unaware of these learning disabilities, including parents of affected kids. For example, 91% of the population has heard of dyslexia but only a few have heard of other forms of learning disabilities such as dysgraphia, a specific learning disability that causes kids to have difficulty in writing legibly at a speed that is appropriate for their age. This is also according to a 2012 online survey by NCLD.

 

It is understandable that undiagnosed learning disabilities result in academic struggles for many students. However, the accompanying psychological impact of the academic challenges or low academic performance (i.e., low self-esteem, acting out behavior, depression, and/or anxiety) may be easily overlooked.  The impact of an undiagnosed learning disability can be devastating for a child, therefore psycho-educational testing for learning disabilities is crucial. Something must be done to help students with imbalanced ability levels to cope and lead a normal life.

 

Testing for Dyslexia or a Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment in Reading

 

Phonological Awareness Assessment

This is carried out to determine your child’s ability to work with and isolate sounds.

Decoding Assessment

Determines a child’s ability to decode words accurately, quickly, and to recognize familiar words.

Reading Fluency and Comprehension

Determines a child’s ability to fluently and accurately read aloud and understand what was read.

Rapid Naming Assessment

Determine a child’s ability to quickly and easily name common numbers, colors, letters, and objects on a page.

 

Testing for Dysgraphia or a Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment in Written Expression

 

Mechanics of Writing Assessment

Determines a child’s ability to use common rules, such as punctuation, when writing a sentence.

Thematic Assessment

Determines how a child writes a story, from the quality of plot to word usage.

Fine Motor Skills Assessment

Determine a child’s ability to manipulate the hands’ small muscles and measures hand-eye coordination.

 

Testing for Dyscalculia or a Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment Mathematics

 

Computation Skills Assessment

Determine your child’s ability to perform math operations accurately and efficiently.

Math Fluency Assessment

Determines your child’s ability to call up facts in math quickly and accurately.

Mental Computation Assessment

Also known as mental math, it determines a child’s ability to solve math problems in their head.

Quantitative Reasoning Assessment

Determine a child’s ability to solve math problems, particularly in setting up a computation based on their understanding of quantitative relationships.

 

There are many individual tests designed to assess each of the above aspects of the learning disabilities. The psychologist conducting the evaluation will decide which tests to use depending on the student and the suspected disability. What is important is that individuals demonstrating signs of a learning disability be assessed so an appropriate intervention plan can be developed.

 

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