Learning Disabilities and Testing

information on how to get tested

What are learning disabilities (LD's)?

Learning disabilities are disorders that affect a way a person understands, remembers, communicates, or processes information. Learning disorders may broadly affect multiple areas of learning and development, or only impair specific areas. Learning disorders significantly affect an individual’s social, academic, or work performance, and difficulties are usually noticeable from an early age, though this is not always the case.

Learning disabilities may include: Mathematics Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Dyslexia, or ADHD, among others. Click here to learn more about signs and symptoms of specific learning disorders.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):

ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed learning disorders, and affects approximately 5% of adults. It primarily affects attention and concentration, behavioral inhibition, processing speed and memory, and emotional regulation. Like other learning disabilities ADHD is usually noticeable in childhood, but occasionally does not appear until adolescence or adulthood. Sometimes ADHD is present in addition to other learning disorders and/or mental health concerns, such as anxiety or depression. Click here to learn more about signs and symptoms of ADHD.

How do I know if I have a learning disability or ADHD?

Most people have difficulty concentrating, or struggle with learning material for certain subjects at some point in school. It can be affected by life stressors, anxiety, worry, substance use, or even poor sleep habits, and is usually temporary. However, someone with an LD/ADHD experiences ongoing and significant difficulty that negatively affects their ability to do well in school, at work, and in family/peer relationships.

Wondering about an LD/ADHD is a question that commonly occurs to students. Because there often are other explanations for students’ academic struggles, thorough psychological testing is required to determine if your struggles are most likely the result of a learning disorder. If you think you may struggle with a learning disorder, or were diagnosed in the past but would like a current assessment, please click here for information about our LD/ADHD testing services.