What Are Learning Disabilities?
Learning disabilities can impact an individual throughout childhood to adulthood. Early identification of learning disabilities is important so that the appropriate interventions are implemented to support an individual's educational progress. Learning disabilities are often the result of neurobiological or genetic factors that change the way the brain functions so that it impacts one or many cognitive processes related to learning. Weakness in cognitive processes may present as challenges in the areas of reading, math, or written expression.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD, is not a Specific Learning Disorder. However, it is a neurodevelopmental disorder that often impacts various aspects of cognitive skills, academic performance, and behavioral functioning. This disorder typically presents as challenges remaining focused and/or controlling behavior. Many children with ADHD have some type of learning disability. When a learning disability intersects with ADHD, it can be even more challenging for the child. We know that evaluations can help with early detection. Our evaluations test specific areas so that an accurate diagnosis can be made for appropriate intervention. Specifically our evaluations assess cognitive strengths and weaknesses, academic skills, emotional/behavioral functioning, and social functioning in the context of a child's medical and developmental history.