Many times parent suspect there is something wrong with their child but have difficulties identifying what the problem is. Other times, teachers and/or school staff may refer your child for psychoeducational evaluation. But how do you know that your child may have a learning disorder? There are many different types of learning disorders and signs of learning disabilities vary from person to person.
For starters, here are common signs that a person may have a learning disability. Ask yourself the following questions:
A child with a learning disability also may have one or more of the following:
Well, if you said yes to either of the above, then you might consider having your child evaluated by a professional.
What is psychoeducational testing (i.e., psychological tests or psychological testing and assessment)?
Psychoeducational testing is a series of psychological tests used to determine current level of intellectual functioning, academic achievement and psychological functioning.
Depending on the referral question, testing may take one to three sessions. Each session may take up to three hours. Each session is composed of either one or more psychological tests or assessments. During the first initial session, the child, parents, and evaluator meet to complete an intake. During the intake, the parents sign consent forms, and are asked psychoeducational, psychological and medical history of both the parents and the child.
Keep in mind that children being taught a second language may show signs of learning problems or a learning disability. The learning disability assessment must take into account whether a student is bilingual or a second language learner. In addition, for English-speaking children, the assessment should be sensitive to differences that may be due to dialect, a form of a language that is specific to a region or group.
If your child is on the school count waiting list, your child may be tested right away or may have to wait up till one year before he/she begins the testing process. The waiting list may be short or long. It is imperative that if your child, in fact, has a learning disability, that he/she receive an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) right away. Delaying the onset of services for a child with an undiagnosed learning disorder, may result in your child falling behind academically and/or socially. If you are a parent with a child on a county wait list, it is recommended that you call the county to find out more information. Although testing through the school system is at no cost to you, another option is to seek out psychoeducational testing privately. A licensed psychologist who specializes in pscyhoeducational testing children with disabilities may offer testing services for a nominal fee. Results of the psychologist’s evaluation can be given to your child’s school to begin the process of developing an individualized education plan or to apply for specific scholarships to assist with the cost of services.
The advice provided in this website is for illustration and information purpose only. Nothing contained in this website is intended to serve as a substitute or alternative to professional advice, treatment, or recommendations or to any approved psychoeducational test. We highly recommend that you always opt to seek the advice of a duly licensed psychologist, who ideally specializes in the particular topic discussed, over any information contained here.