What is a Learning Disability (LD)? A learning disability is more than a “difference” or “difficulty”. It is a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive, process, store and respond to information. LD varies in how it impacts each individual child, adolescent and adult. Understanding the basic facts will enable you to understand and help your child. You need to be a well-informaed and effective advocate. How can you tell if someone has a learning disability? The most obvious sign is a distinct and unexplained gap between a person’s level of expected achievment and their performance. Learning differences affect every person differently and they present with a different set of symptoms. These symptoms range from severe to mild. Also, over 1/3 of individuals with a LD have Attantion Deficit/Hyperactivty (ADHD). While they may share the same symptoms they are not the same disorder. Help is available Individuals with a LD can succeed at school and work if they have: Targeted instruction Meaningful accomodations Ability to maintain high expectations A support...
The purpose of testing is to determine what is needed to intervene and make changes in the child’s learning process. Many normed academic and cognitive tests are tailor made for the child’s age. They include measures of intelligence, which assess the child’s verbal and nonverbal cognitive ability. Primary academic tests include: reading, including fluency and comprehension; mathematics, including computation and problem solving; and written expression, including handwriting, spelling and composition. The purpose of testing is to determine what is needed to intervene and make changes in a child’s learning process. Dr Gates offers the following services: ~ Comprehensive psycho-educational assessment ~ ADD/ADHD behavioral screening ~ Learning styles inventory ~ Identifying learning strengths and weaknesses ~ Explain Learning differences ~ Instructional plan for school ~ Resources and...
Dr. Gates understands what it means to have difficulty learning. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of LD/ADD. Learning does not need to be a difficult and depressing endeavor. With educational assistance and a supportive atmosphere, you can turn learning into a life changing experience that allows a student to function at their full...
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~ Psycho-educational assessment
~ ADD/ADHD behavioral screening
~ Learning styles inventory
~ Identify learning strengths and weaknesses
~ Explain Learning differences
~ Develop instructional plan for school
~ Provide resources and referrals
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