.A learning disability evaluation is generally conducted when a child or adult is having difficulty in school or at work. Learning difficulties can be caused by neurodevelopmental, cognitive, emotional or situational factors, and a learning disability (LD) evaluation considers all these possibilities as part of the assessment. Dr. Clipson conducts LD evaluations with individuals who are 6 years old or older.
An LD evaluation may be considered under one or more of the following circumstances:
An LD evaluation generally consists of an initial meeting with a child's parents to obtain a complete family, developmental, medical, social and psychiatric history. If the student is an adult, this information may be obtained from both the student and his/her family, if indicated. Report cards, standardized test scores and work samples are also reviewed if available. Behavioral rating forms for both parents and teachers are often utilized as part of the assessment process. These forms allow for an objective assessment of a student's cognitive and emotional strengths and weaknesses.
During the assessment session with the student, a variety of psychoeducational tests are administered. These tests may cover areas such as:
At the conclusion of the evaluation, a written report is provided to the parents or the adult student or employee which includes a diagnostic conclusion and recommendations for treatment and/or academic or workplace accommodations. A summary report for the school may be provided in some cases. Appropriate referrals will be made on the basis of the student's needs.