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Specific Learning Disorder Evaluations & IEEs

A specific learning disorder or learning disability is a developmental disorder that causes an individual great difficulty in learning to read, write, or perform math problems. The diagnosis of a specific learning disorder is rarely given until a child is around 7 or 8 years of age, as many of the associated difficulties are a normal part of development in young children.

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A specific learning disorder is something an individual is born with, and is something that can be treated once it has been identified. Comprehensive testing is the best-practice approach to identifying and treating specific learning disorders. Additionally, it is important to rule-out other causes that could contribute to limited academic skills; thus, comprehensive testing is required to make an accurate diagnosis of a specific learning disorder. At Spectrum, a specific learning disorder evaluation typically involves several hours of direct testing with the client (depending on age and level of functioning), and may include the following components:

  • A diagnostic interview with the parent/caregiver that includes developmental history and current concerns

  • A diagnostic clinical interview with the client 

  • Intelligence testing

  • Academic testing in all areas of reading, written expression, and mathematics

  • Executive functioning

  • Phonological processing

  • Language screening

  • Learning and Memory

  • Social, emotional, and behavioral questionnaires completed by parents/caregivers, client, spouse, etc.

  • Input from teachers and review of curriculum-based measures, grades, and work samples

  • School observation (if applicable)

  • A comprehensive written report

  • An interactive feedback session with families to review the results & recommendations

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