Many adults spend their entire lives with an undiagnosed learning disability (LD) and thus never learn the “tools” needed to overcome the LD. In addition, a thorough assessment by a qualified professional can help you obtain the necessary accommodations in school and in the workplace.
Who should be assessed for a learning disability?
There are a number of reasons why an adult may choose to undergo a LD assessment. Some of the areas that a LD can create problems include:
Work or school: preventing you from reaching your career and/or educational goals
Daily life: Your relationships, managing finances, decision-making and more can all be impacted by a LD
Or just a desire to know why you always struggle to learn and remember information
What is a learning disability assessment?
During a LD assessment, relevant information about an individual’s areas of strengths and challenges is gathered to confirm whether or not you may have a learning disability. While the components of an assessment may vary on an individual basis, most will include the following:
Screening (informal interview, brief test, career interest inventories, and/or review of medical, school, or work histories)
Evaluation (formal testing for achievement, intelligence, and processing)
Diagnosis (a statement specifying the results of the assessment, including the type of LD identified)