Learning Disability

Common tests used to identify a learning disability include achievement, visual-motor
integration, and language tests. Other tests may also be used depending on the child’s needs and
the evaluator’s preferences.

Why Test/When to Test:

  • Problems reading and/or writing
  • Problems with math
  • Poor memory
  • Poor attention span
  • Trouble following directions
  • Clumsiness.
  • Trouble telling time
  • Difficulty staying organized.

What does the evaluation involve?

Tests evaluate phonemic awareness, letter recognition, vocabulary, listening comprehension, and
reading ability. Depending on your child’s age, they are usually given over two days or for two to
three hours at a time. Parents are not allowed in the room, so set your child’s expectations
appropriately. Tell them they will be meeting with someone who will try to help them and
reassure them that they will not be punished or graded on their performance.

The evaluation continues after these tests. It also includes direct observations of your child’s
classroom work and behavior, conferences with professionals who work with your child, and
reviews of their medical records and educational progress.