Learning Disability Testing

Worried about your child’s school performance and wondering, “Should my child get learning disability testing?”

If your child has consistently struggled in school, particularly if he or she often does well in some subjects but has difficulties in other subjects, it is possible that a learning disability (LD), such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia, is the culprit.

Many children, particularly very bright children, are able to mask or compensate for learning differences for a period of time. Some students can often get all the way through high school or even into college without their underlying learning challenge being recognized.

Are you seeking a private evaluation to support getting an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or a 504 Plan for your child?

It’s important to get a comprehensive psychoeducational evaluation to get the right diagnosis when learning challenges are suspected. Because there are several different types of learning differences, the signs and symptoms can be quite varied.

Sadly, many schools seem to have a “wait to fail” approach, which requires your child to be substantially “below grade level” before they will agree to do formal testing. Even then, schools typically will not “diagnose” learning disabilities such as dyslexia, even when all the signs are there! This approach leads to significant frustration and discouragement in your child.

It’s time to get testing done to find out how to help your child.

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Symptoms of Dyslexia or Another Learning Difference

In some children, the warning signs of a learning disorder (LD) look very much like ADHD. For example, having a short attention span, having trouble completing or following directions, becoming easily distracted, and trouble with organization. Quite often, ADHD and learning challenges occur together (30 to 40% of the time!). Unfortunately, ADHD treatment does nothing to help remediate the deficits associated with specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, nonverbal learning disorders, and more. So, if your child was previously diagnosed with ADHD and medication does not seem to be helping his or her school performance substantially, you might consider getting learning disability testing to look more closely at your child’s symptoms.

In other children, the warnings signs are often subtle or are deemed to be “developmentally appropriate.” In bright children with great verbal skills, and gifted children in particular, learning challenges can be masked for a long time. However, if you or your child experience any of the following issues, a learning disorder evaluation should be considered:

  • Discrepancy between abilities outside of learning environment and performance in classes. For example, a child with an advanced vocabulary who shows deep understanding of concepts, but is unable to memorize facts.
  • Delayed speech development
  • Trouble sounding out words, particularly when this persists into upper elementary school or middle school
  • Missing words or skipping lines when reading – needing to re-read passages
  • Trouble memorizing basic math facts (e.g. multiplication tables)
  • Difficulty telling the time or learning right from left
  • Resistance to a particular subject – e.g. a child who is bright and capable, but resists reading, says “I hate writing,” or has unusual difficulty grasping certain subjects.
  • Reading at an advanced level, but failing spelling tests.

How Are Learning Disabilities & Dyslexia Diagnosed?

There are several different types of learning disorders. A psychoeducational test battery to identify the presence or absence of a specific learning disability (SLD) will depend on the specific types of struggles your child is experiencing.

In general, learning disability testing will include a cognitive measure (IQ test) as well as formal achievement testing. Additional test measures, such as specific tests of reading and phonological processing skills to assess for dyslexia, will supplement the core test battery.

It is also important to find out if there are any other factors that might better explain a child’s learning challenges. As such, we often include tests and questionnaires to assess for behavioral or emotional factors (e.g. anxiety or ADHD) that may be impacting learning as well.

If This Sounds Like Your Child

If any of these descriptions are sounding familiar, your child could have a learning disability and he or she needs a comprehensive assessment to determine if this is the case. People who have undiagnosed learning disabilities are at risk for developing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and a host of other struggles. Some are at risk for dropping out of school or of significantly “underachieving,” which impacts their ability to accomplish any number of life goals.

We Specialize in Learning Differences

Our psychologists have many years of experience assessing and identifying learning differences – including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other specific learning disorders.  We have worked with students from every district in the Denver metro area and even students from out of state.

We provide comprehensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing with people of all ages – from elementary students to graduate students and beyond!

Ready to Schedule Learning Disorder Testing?

Don’t wait another day to get your child’s academic performance on track.

If you’re ready to begin learning disability testing for your child (or yourself), do one of these three things:

  • Schedule an appointment for a Initial Interview by calling us at 720-377-3250, ext. 1 to  to get the process started.
  • Schedule an “Assessment Intake” through to our online scheduling system and one of our staff will follow up to get more information.
  • Send us an email and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours with information on scheduling.

If you are unable to find a time that works through our online scheduling system, send an email or give us a call at 720-377-3250 and we’ll work something out!

Need more info on learning disorder tests & dyslexia assessments near Denver?

If you would like more information about Dyslexia Testing or other Learning Disability Assessments, our Executive Director, Dr. Terri Lucero, is happy to answer your questions. You can schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation with her by clicking the button below (Schedule options are listed under our Broomfield location). Or, feel free to send an email or call her at 720-377-3250, ext. 2. She will contact you within one business day.

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