Learning Disorders Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Learning Disability Diagnosis, Nonverbal Learning Disorders Diagnosis, Learning Disorder NOS Diagnosis, Cognitive Learning Disorders Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How Are Learning Disorders Diagnosed?

The diagnosis of children with learning disabilities can be difficult. Disorders do not manifest themselves in days or weeks. However, there are some warning signs that can be considered whether a child has learning disabilities 5.

Delays in the Development of Language. When the child reaches 2 ½ years old, they should be able to join sentences already.

Difficulty with Speech. At the age of 3, the child should be able to clearly communicate with their parents and other people.

Poor Coordination Skills. Before reaching kindergarten level, the child should already have the ability to tie their shoes, button their dress, hop, and cut.

Short Attention Span. By 3 to 5 years old, a child should be able to sit down while a parent or teacher reads a story. This should increase as the child becomes older.

Take note that every child is not alike as far as their development is concerned. Parents can always consult their doctors if they are concerned with the development of their child. Doctors can always conduct exams to verify if there is a need for additional procedures. With the advent of new laws, schools are now mandated to conduct tests on children with learning disorders.

Diagnosis of a learning disorder is usually done by administering tests. The assessment is designed to make a comparison of the performance of the child with a learning disability with that of other children. The tests will determine the strengths and weaknesses of the child as well as if there is a need for further intervention 6.

Aside from that, members of the child’s family and their teachers will also be interviewed. Likewise, the behavior of the child will be observed. In order to come up with an accurate diagnosis, there is a need to conduct an investigation of the child’s medical, social, and educational background.

A series of tests will be conducted to determine whether the child is indeed suffering from learning disability. Among the tests being administered include the Weschler-Intelligence Scale for Children, Woodcok-Johnson III, Wechler Individual Achievement Test, and the Wide Range Achievement Test. The psychologist will determine which of all these measures will be used for diagnosing the child.

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Mental Retardation – sub-average cognitive function, developmental delays, learning disorders
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