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How is a learning disability identified? What do the test scores mean? For individuals with learning disabilities, assessment becomes a major part of their academic experience. Articles within this section cover issues such as state assessments and standards of learning, high-stakes testing such as graduation tests, and important information for parents regarding evaluations for special education.

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A Way to Help Students Before They Fail

More schools are using a process called Response to Intervention (RTI) to see if a child might have a learning disability. Response to Intervention provides specially designed instruction for children who have scored low on general tests. The students are tested — sometimes as often as every week — to measure progress. Those who improve after the instructional intervention go back to their normal classroom activities. Those who do not improve receive additional testing to confirm the presence of a disability.

Are Learning Disabilities The Only Problem? You Should Know About Other Related Disorders

About half of people with learning disabilities also have other related disorders. Learn about ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and other difficulties. This article, written by Larry B. Silver, a psychiatrist, tells parents about other related disorders, how they can impact your child, and how you can get a diagnosis.

Assessment for Adults with LD and/or ADHD

Information on assessment and who can diagnose LD or AD/HD in adults.

Assessments for Young Children

AT Assessment Tools and Interventions: Tots Can Tech Too!

In this webinar from the Center on Technology and Disability, AT professionals from Fairfax County, VA public schools demonstrate how to develop and conduct AT assessments, and implement activities in early childhood classrooms and at home.

Basics for Parents: Your Child's Evaluation

Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment to Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children

Early identification is crucial when it comes to helping children who are having trouble learning to read. This seminal article by Joseph Torgesen explains the assessment process and reviews the more commonly used assessment tools.

Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation of Students With Learning Disabilities

Differences That Might Affect Development

Sometimes a child's differences can be something you can easily see, but for other children, those differences may be hidden.

Documenting a Learning Disability

Evaluation: What Does it Mean for Your Child

This PACER Center fact sheet informs parents about evaluation, a process to help determine whether a child has a disability and what the child's educational needs might be. The article discusses the reasons why parents might choose to evaluate their child, types of tests available, factors that should be considered when selecting tests, and questions parents should ask when an evaluation is proposed.

Fighting For Your Child

Having seen her older son struggle for years, Jennifer Simpson was able to recognize her daughter´┐Żs reading challenges in preschool and get her help right away.

Guidelines for Documentation of a Learning Disability in Adolescents and Adults

Having Your Child Tested for Learning Disabilities Outside of School

Children who struggle with reading often need extra help. This help usually comes from the school, but some parents choose to look outside the school for professionals who can assess, diagnose, tutor, or provide other education services. The following article provides information on how to find the right person for your child.

How a Student is Identified as Having a Disability and Needing Special Education Services

How Can You Tell When Your Child Has Learning Problems?

How to Choose a Professional

Hyper, or Hurting?

The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can look like ADHD. This article encourages a comprehensive assessment of children who act inattentive and hyperactive in school.

Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home

A valuable resource educators of children with ADHD. The U.S. Dept. of Education shares and easy-to-read outline of tips and legal considerations. Causes, legal requirements for evaluations, treatment options, and hints for effective educational performance are included.

It's a Myth That Young Children Cannot Be Screened for Dyslexia

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