Highly qualified professionals use a wide range of testing instruments to help determine the presence of a learning disability.
There are many conditions that could be understood as a learning disability. Autism, Downs Syndrome, developmental delay, hearing or vision loss, and a host of neurological processing difficulties are but a few of the possible causes for a learner to struggle. At Covenant Education Services we focus our attention on a specific learning disability often referred to as dyslexia. The reason for this focus is that dyslexia impacts those areas of the brain directly associated with language (reading).
Consider the following definition of dyslexia:
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. International Dyslexia Association
You can see that the very definition of dyslexia speaks extensively of issues with reading and related language struggles. Word recognition, spelling, decoding abilities, comprehension, and vocabulary are all included in this definition. A child that struggles with one or more of these areas of reading does not automatically have dyslexia. However, if you find that your child continues to labor in spite of your best efforts to teach, you may want to consider a thorough and professional assessment. We are happy to discuss with you the difficulties you are experiencing, what you’ve tried, and whether or not testing seems appropriate. There is no single test to determine the presence or absence of dyslexia. Be wary of anyone that offers one or two tests for assessment and then is ready to declare your child’s status with regard to dyslexia. Covenant Educational Services uses a portfolio of assessment instruments that addresses each of the areas mentioned in the above paragraph.
These assessments include, but are not limited to the following:
- Parent interview
- Child Symptom Inventory
- Language Based Learning Differences Diagnostic Inventory (LDDI)
- Beery-Buktenica Development Test of Visual-Motor Integration, 5th Edition
- Slosson IQ
- Peabody Individualized Achievement Test - Revised (PIAT-R)
- Phonemic Awareness Diagnostic Inventory
- Jordan Dyslexia Assessment
- Test of Memory and Learning (TOMAL2)