Learning Disorders

 

Do you suspect that your child or teen may have a learning disorder? We can test for learning disorders in reading, writing, and math, sometimes called dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. We provide a full scale IQ test for your child or teen to determine their intellectual strengths and need areas. We then complete a full scale achievement test to determine your child's level of functioning in a variety of academic areas. We also have more specific testing that can assess whether dyslexia is present. We will go over the results of the testing and outline your child's unique academic strengths and areas of need. We then give you a plan for improvement and a comprehensive written report that outlines all of the testing, results, interpretations, and recommendations. P.S. We also assess adults for learning disorders!

 

What are the different types of learning disorders?

 

Psychologists distinguish among three broad types of learning disorders:

 

Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment in Reading: Problems relating to reading such as pronunciation, spelling, reading speed, and phonics. May also be called Dyslexia.

 

Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment in Writing: Symptoms may include poor or illegible handwriting, difficulty thinking and writing at the same time, omitted words, and inconsistent spacing. May also be referred to as Dysgraphia.

 

Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment in Mathematics: Difficulty learning math facts such as understanding word problems, working with money, fractions, and understanding concepts related to time. Also known as Dyscalculia.

 

There is significant variability within those categories An evaluation can help to describe the unique challenges your child faces and produce a plan for treatment specific to your child. Even if your child doesn't qualify for a diagnosis of a learning disorder, testing can provide you with insight into your child's strengths and problem areas and give you direction on how to help them. We are located in Cary NC and are convenient to Raleigh, Apex, and Holly Springs.

Did you know...

 

Having a learning disorder doesn't mean your child or teen isn't smart! On the contrary, having a learning disorder means that your child has difficulty using their intelligence. It means your child has the ability to learn, but the knowledge isn't getting in. 

Dyslexia testing Cary NC

About Dyslexia

 

When people think of dyslexia, they often think of letter reversals or writing backward. Dyslexia captures much more than that: problems with spelling, speed of reading, pronouncing words, and reading comprehension. In fact, it's perfectly normal for children to read and write letters backward or reverse letters as they learn to read. 

 

Your child might have dyslexia if they have more difficulty than same-age peers in some of the following areas:

 

-Difficulty identifying rhyming words

-Reads slowly

-Difficulty "sounding out" words

-Cannot describe what he or she just read

-Has trouble finding the right word or name for things

-Poor spelling

-Difficulty reading out loud smoothly

 

Psychologists actually do not use the word "dyslexia" as a diagnosis. In our language, these symptoms are known as a Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment in Reading.