Learning Disability Testing
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Learning Disability Therapy Testing
What is it? What does it show? How do we gauge results from the informal testing?
At Suprex Learning, we believe the best way to help a student excel is by first evaluating which specific cognitive areas to target improvement in. Just as every learning disability is unique, we understand each student thinks, reacts, and learns in an individual way. Although some learning disabilities may share common characteristics, each one ultimately varies greatly from another. Therefore, to offer the best personalized assistance to a student, we offer two methods of testing: Informal, and formal. Testing magnifies which areas and skills the student should progress in as well as existing strengths that should be built on. It shows in a clear and precise way what often grades on academic work cannot. With these results, the therapist and parents can collaborate on a plan of action and proceed with the appropriate educational intervention.
A licensed diagnostician or psychologist can provide a comprehensive evaluation of your students’ learning disabilities via a Woodcock Johnson III and/or WISC-IV test. The WISC-IV measures verbal reasoning, verbal expression, associative thinking, language development, long-term memory, and more. The Woodcock Johnson III test measures achievement on the following: letter word identification, reading fluency, story recall, understanding directions, calculations, math fluency, spelling, writing fluency, reading vocabulary and more.
Dependent upon the test, the diagnostian will offer an appropriate measure of assessment which may not be listed above.
1. Dyslexia Testing
2. ADHD Testing
3. Psychoeducational Testing
4. IQ Testing
To enroll for one of these testing areas, you can check out at:
NILD Informal Testing assesses strengths and deficits in perceptual and cognitive processing as well as current academic skills. It measures spatial perception, visual perception, auditory perception, visual-motor integration, directionality, writing skills, vocabulary, letter formation, number formation and more. During Informal Testing, a student will perform an auditory exercise in which the therapist will dictate sentences to the student. The student will repeat them one at a time, and then write down each sentence by memory. Next, the student will be asked to record a series of numbers and alphabet letters. This is followed by a brief writing sample. Finally, the student will be asked to draw 2 figures which will indicate visual and spatial skills and how the student approaches tasks. The rate at which a student works is notated in the last exercise. Results from informal testing are quick, efficient, and informative. A benefit of conducting an informal test is that the student is observed in a natural yet structured way; the therapist is able to see the student in action through holistic activities similar to those in a school classroom. By the end of an informal test, the therapist has an indication of the student’s oral language and literacy skills, sees how the student reacts in situations of various academic tasks, and is able to discuss and provide a plan of action with the parent.
Psychologists & Diagnosticians: Learning Disability Testing for Children
Suprex Learning now provides diagnostic services in-house for various learning disabilities and barriers along with accomodations testing. We can schedule testing in our center or specific locations in Greater Houston.
Please call us at 832-900-9660 to schedule learning disability testing for your child or yourself.
Diagnostician 1: Jo Himel, Texas Certified Educational Diagnostician
Tests administered: Dyslexia testing, ADHD testing
Area: Greater Houston; serving Houston, Sugar Land, Memorial, North Houston, Clear Lake
Mrs. Himel has been working to help parents and adults understand their learning disabilities for over 20 years. Jo Himel and her staff have been working with adults and students over 30 years helping them understand their disability. Located in League City and Denton, TX, they work with you or your student to determine the best diagnosis to give you the best program to improve their reading comprehension skills and math skills. Whether they assess your disability in dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia or a specific learning disability with ADHD or not, Texas Assessment Specialists can help answer your questions.
Their reports have given SAT/ACT accommodations as well as accommodations in major universities and schools internationally and here at home.
About the Dyslexia Testing Specialist
As a retired educational diagnostician from our public school system and now operating a private practice, Texas Assessment Specialists, I can diagnose learning difficulties including dyslexia without considering education policies for one district or another. Public schools are autonomous and therefore their policy varies within the guidelines federal and state law mandates.
My dyslexia assessments include a comprehensive cognitive assessment to understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses in learning. There are over five different areas I assess in my dyslexia cognitive assessment protocol. Then I administer the specific dyslexia assessments their student has difficulties performing.