Resources for students
Joined: Jul 09, 2006
Posted Jul 09, 2006 at 6:00:44 AM
Subject: Resources for students
Hello, im a student at the Art Institute of Seattle, and im looking for resources to find out if my school or an organization will help pay for an evaluation to find out if i have a learning disability or if i have ADHD.
Im new to the atmosphere of LD and ADHD lifestyle but im trying to find alternatives to my problem.
Some problems im seeing that come up are:
1. I have a block of concentration. A thousand things go off in my mind, yet i cannot focus on simple ideas.
If anyone has any similar situations please respond to the topic or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org i would really appreciate it.
Thanks for your time.
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Joined Jul 07, 2005
Posted:Jul 09, 2006 2:03:56 PM
Subject:Re: Re: Resources for students
I am a 22 year old female college student (have one more year of college remaining if all goes well)and I am diagnosed with a Nonverbal Learning Disability and a reading disorder (reading comprehension).
Almost all the difficulties that you have described jive with me. Since I have experienced a neuropsychological evaluation (LD testing or neuropsych for short)once-- it was a year ago and that's when I got diagnosed, I gather that anyone who has consistent difficulties of a cognitive sort gets diagnosed with a learning disability on testing (though many people who would otherwise get diagnosed don't get tested). However, since the difficulties that you've described are very generic for people with learning difficulties, I don't think anyone on this forum can predict what you will be labeled with, and I deeply believe that the name of learning disorder doesn't really matter. Since distinct glitches in the brain can yield overlapping symptoms, sharing a label doesn't mean that the problems are absolutely identical. Those labels are, for the most part, shortcuts for symptoms.
Usually, initial neuropsych is very comprehensive and emphasizes breadth over depth. (This is true also because that's what it should be like for the documentation to be considered valid for accomodations). Thus you will be tested on things that are your strength as well as on things that are your weakness and although you may want the testing to focus more on strengths, it just tests a little of everything.
Specifically, the domains the neuropsych will cover are:
--IQ test ( almost certainly WAIS III, which itself tests diverse and distinct abilities--you may do great on some subtests and poor on others. Your overall IQ is basically an average of your performance in different cognitive areas; basically an overall ability which is an average of many abilities).
The neuropsych should not yield any surprises--you know what your strengths and weaknesses are--it will just highlight and emphasize them; it is also common for your weaknesses to look weaker on testing than they are in reality since your weaknesses are being put under a microscope while in real life, you aren't in a high pressured testing situation, also your strengths compensate for your weaknesses. A neuropsych is primarily good because it gets you accomodations (like extended time on tests, etc.) Just don't let it destroy your self-esteem. Another well-meaning piece of advice: research about the WAIS and other common neuropsych tests. If it's online, it's totally legal and going for your neuropsych cold is likely to make you look weaker than you are. I've made that mistake; I had no clue what's going on, what tests I am being administered and thus I feel I underperformed in several areas relative to my true ability.
I am a financial aid student at a top private liberal arts college so it paid a huge chunk of my neuropsych fee. I kept going to my college's Learning and Teaching/Disability center telling them I have difficulites and have thus managed to get referred for a neuropsych testing and, again, since I am a financial aid student, the college paid a substancial portion of the fee. The neuropsychologist who tested me charged $1054 total; the college paid $ 740 of that price, while my parents paid $ 314. I don't know whether your institution does the same, so you will need to find out that yourself. And good luck with everything. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.
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