To understand learning disabilities, one must first understand different forms of learning. Some people prefer to learn visually, while others learn best through listening. Some people learn sequentially, while others learn simultaneously. According to the book Multiple Intelligences written by Dr. Howard Gardner, there are seven forms of intelligence: Verbal/Linguistic, Visual/Spatial, Logical/Mathematical, Body/Kinesthetic, Musical/Rhythmic, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal.
Learning disabilities are more than a learning preference. Individuals with learning disabilities have average ability to learn, but due to a specific weakness in a form of information processing, they display below average performance in a specific academic area. This discrepancy in learning is not due to a general medical condition, family stress or a lack of access to educational resources.
Our state of the art psychoeducational evaluations are customized for each student. We select from an array of tests that measure each of the following types of information processing: auditory processing, visual processing, kinesthetic processing, motor speed, visual-motor functioning, memory, attention, impulse control and executive functions. Information processing weaknesses can also affect emotional stability and interpersonal skills. All of the information is factor analyzed and a comprehensive report is prepared that can help determine eligibility for special education services. Our evaluations are accepted by local school systems, universities and the College Board for eligibility for accommodations on standardized testing.
Most of our clients with learning disabilities require services from a variety of specialists. We serve as care managers between our team of mental health professionals and specialists in the community. This may include physicians, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, special educators and other mental health professionals. Our goal is to educate parents so that they can more effectively advocate for their child with a learning disability.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Development and Learning Disabilities: A Guide to Psychoeducational Evaluations Offered by Family Psychology Associates