Spring Lake Learning Disabilities
Empowered Learning Transformation Centers
If you are a parent or teacher of a child with a learning disability – or have learning disabilities yourself – you are not alone.
The good news is that the Empowered Learning Transformation Centers is here to help! Since 1995, ELTC has provided support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make ELTC the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.
Adult Learning Disability Assessment Process
If you are an adult and suspect that you have a learning disability (LD) you may be at a loss about how to obtain testing and the assessment process. This article will explain what is a learning disability assessment for adults, why should someone be assessed, who can conduct an assessment, how much an assessment might cost and what are the questions to ask a qualified assessor. It is important to choose a qualified professional to conduct the assessment so that it can be done thoroughly and assure that you obtain the accommodations necessary in school and in the workplace.
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What is a learning disability assessment for adults?
An LD assessment is a gathering of relevant information about an individual’s areas of strengths and challenges to determine whether or not he or she may have a learning disability. The components of the assessment process may vary depending on which individual, clinic, or agency is conducting the assessment, but most assessments include the following:
Screening (informal interview, brief test, career interest inventories, and/or review of medical, school, or work histories)
Evaluation (formal testing for achievement, intelligence, and processing)
Diagnosis (a statement specifying the results of the assessment, including the type of LD identified)
Recommendations (for work, school, and/or daily living)
Why should someone be assessed?
Adults choose to undergo an LD assessment for a number of reasons, including:
Significant problems at work or school that prevent them from reaching their career and/or educational goals
Significant problems in daily life ( e.g., relationships, managing finances, decision-making)
A desire to know why they have always struggled to learn and remember information
The first step to overcoming challenges is to determine the cause of the challenges. By completing the LD assessment process, adults can obtain the information and documentation they need to formally request accommodations at work or in school, and to determine effective strategies for learning and living based on their areas of strengths.
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