Learning disabilities are a broad term for the substantial variations in thinking and learning that may be caused by brain differences. Children with learning disabilities often do not notice that they process information differently from their peers since they have always lived with the condition. This often leaves them feeling less intelligent than their peers, academically inadequate and ashamed of their struggles. Getting a diagnosis, and the life changing academic support that follows can help your child feel understood by teachers and peers, thereby improving confidence, academic engagement and self-worth. A learning disability (LD) assessment involves the gathering of relevant information about an individual’s areas of strengths and challenges to determine whether a learning disability is present.
A learning disabilities assessment is required to determine if a child qualifies for special education services. The assessment is conducted by a registered psychologist, who will evaluate the child’s awareness of and access to sound structure, their ability to recall sounds, syllables and words, the speed at which they can name objects, numbers, and letters, the scope of their reading and writing comprehension, their understanding how letters relate to sounds, as well as their pronunciation and writing skills.
Learning Disabilities (LD) are conditions that affect a person's ability to receive, process and express information. LD refers to a wide range of difficulties including dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia.
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that makes it difficult to read, write and spell. If left untreated, dyslexia can cause problems for education and academic performance throughout the child’s life. Early intervention is crucial to improving reading skills and preventing future challenges within school and life.
Signs & Symptoms of Dyslexia
Dyscalculia is a learning disability that is characterized by extreme deficiencies in the ability to process and understand mathematical concepts. This means students can have trouble with basic mental math, counting, solving complex equations (multiplication, fractions, division), reading the clock, counting money, and following directions.
Signs & Symptoms of Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia is a language-based learning disorder that affects a person’s ability to write. It may cause problems with spelling, punctuation and writing mechanics like spacing, reasoning and organization. People with dysgraphia have difficulty writing on their own or copying down information.
Signs & Symptoms of Dysgraphia