Learning Disability Screen
Learning Disability Screen: This form of assessment is helpful in establishing the diagnosis of a learning disability. Learning disabilities come in various forms, but the most common types are dyslexia (a learning disability in reading) and a learning disability in math. A learning disability screen is particularly helpful to clients who have not been diagnosed with any learning disabilities before, but who suspect that they may have one. This testing lasts approximately 3-4 hours and consists of key measures used to establish the diagnosis of a learning disability. It also includes an assessment for ADHD. The resulting brief report will outline the diagnosis and offer recommendations, including for relevant accommodations in school and on tests. However, given that this is a screen, this form of testing does not comply with the specific requirements that schools and standardized tests may have to grant accommodations. If client seeks accommodations for standardized tests such as the SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE or board and licensing exams, a comprehensive learning disability evaluation is recommended.
Comprehensive Learning Disability Evaluation: This form of assessment takes approximately 8-10 hours of testing, typically accomplished over two days. This type of testing is helpful for clients who are seeking accommodations on standardized tests, such as SAT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, GRE and board and licensing exams, or accommodations for colleges and graduate programs that have specific requirements for the documentation of learning disorders. Following the evaluation, I produce a comprehensive report that is specifically tailored to the requirements of the board that it will be submitted to. The report includes recommended accommodations, which commonly include extended time, use of a quiet room for testing, and use of adoptive devises and services when appropriate. For the clients who are not sure if they would qualify for accommodations, I would suggest completing the learning disability screen first. If they meet the criteria for a learning disability, they should proceed with the comprehensive learning disability evaluation to build up their case for receiving accommodations. In such cases the fee for the screen would be subtracted from the fee for the comprehensive evaluation.