Colts Neck Township Learning Disabilities

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When an individual is experiencing a learning difficulty, a neuropsychological evaluation of skills and abilities can provide useful information and a foundation for the correct diagnosis and subsequent treatment recommendations, as well as academic accommodations.

 

A learning disability is more than just differences of or difficulties in the learning process. A learning disability is a neurological disorder that impacts how the brain receives, processes, stores, retrieves, and responds to information. These are complex disorders that can manifest in a variety of forms and differ widely in how they impact the individual.

 

At this time, it is estimated that 2.5 million students are diagnosed with a learning disability and are receiving special education services in their school (IDEA Part B Child Count, 2009). With accurate diagnosis, supportive information and helpful recommendations, treatment can be provided to help an individual reach optimal potential.

 

Did You Know?

Learning disabilities need to be identified quickly. Children can benefit greatly from specific accommodations, but it is important to have clear and focused ways to help your child succeed as soon as difficulties arise.

 

Childhood Adaptive Functioning/Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment

Does your child struggle with social communication and social interaction and/or restricted, repetitive patterns that inhibit success at home, school, or in social situations? Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are varying and often present differently across individuals. Examples of such symptoms may include lacking social-emotional reciprocity skills, such as typical back-and-forth communication, initiating and responding in conversation, or sharing interests or emotions with others. Children within this spectrum may demonstrate repetitive motor movements or speech, insistence on sameness of routine or difficulty with flexibility, and heightened distress at small changes or transitions. They may also have rigid thought patterns, can be highly fixated on interests with unusual intensity or focus, and may be over or under stimulated by sensory input in the environment such as temperature, pain, or visual, auditory, scent or tactile preoccupation or sensitivity.

 

Though many factors that contribute to the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are brain-based and out of our control, there are several factors which indicate positive outcomes that are within our control. These factors include parent involvement, early evaluation and diagnosis, individualized intervention, adequate school support, and community support. As a parent or caretaker who is seeking knowledge and assessment, you are already contributing to your child’s growth and achievement. The next step toward positive outcomes is a comprehensive evaluation.

 

Through our highly-specialized assessment process, we are able to identify your child’s areas of deficit and ability, obtain the proper diagnosis, and recommend the most effective intervention plan. Within this evaluation, we use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule- Second Edition (ADOS-2), which is a “gold standard” screening tool to observe the diagnostic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder. This screening tool is designed for children ages 12 months and up, and for individuals of all language functioning ability, including non-verbal individuals. Each parent will receive a comprehensive report during a feedback session with an ASD assessment specialist, in which treatment recommendations are provided to create a clear path toward growth, development, and support.

 

Adult Adaptive Functioning/Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Assessment

Do you or a loved one struggle with social communication and social interaction and/or restricted, repetitive patterns that inhibit success at home, work, or in social situations? Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are varying and often present differently across individuals. Examples of such symptoms may include lacking social-emotional reciprocity skills, such as typical back-and-forth communication, initiating and responding in conversation, or sharing interests or emotions with others. Adults within this spectrum may demonstrate repetitive motor movements or speech, insistence on sameness of routine or difficulty with flexibility, and heightened distress at small changes or transitions. They may also have rigid thought patterns, can be highly fixated on interests with unusual intensity or focus, and may be over or under stimulated by sensory input in the environment such as temperature, pain, or visual, auditory, scent or tactile preoccupation or sensitivity.

 

Though many factors that contribute to the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are brain-based and out of our control, there are several factors which indicate positive outcomes that are within our control. These factors include support and care from close family and friends, evaluation and diagnosis, individualized intervention, adequate support in work and social settings, and community support. As a person or a loved one who is seeking knowledge and assessment, you are already contributing to your own or your loved one’s growth and achievement. The next step toward positive outcomes is a comprehensive evaluation.

 

Through our highly-specialized assessment process, we are able to identify an individual’s areas of deficit and ability, obtain the proper diagnosis, and recommend the most effective intervention plan. Within this evaluation, we use the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - Second Edition (ADOS-2), which is a “gold standard” screening tool to observe the diagnostic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder. This screening tool is designed for individuals of all ages and language functioning ability, including non-verbal. Each client will receive a comprehensive report during a feedback session with your ASD assessment specialist, in which treatment recommendations are provided to create a clear path toward growth, development, and support.

 

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