A learning disability, or language-based learning disability, is a neurological disorder that affects at least one process involved in using and understanding spoken or written language. While most people diagnosed with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence, difficulties may exist in reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, thinking, attending and processing. Skill development may be uneven, with noticeable differences between achievement and capability in different areas.
For example, a person with a learning disability can be quite verbal, artistic and good at mathematics, yet have difficulties in decoding, reading, writing and spelling. Others may be stronger at reading and writing, but have reduced organizational and mathematical skills.
Working as a team with parents, caregivers and educators, we evaluate spoken and written language for children identified as having academic and learning difficulties. A complete language evaluation includes gathering information, observing classroom activities and giving standardized tests to assess language, executive functions and academic skills. We then compare results from all areas to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Our goal is to target specific weaknesses in language, reading and writing and to support growth in these areas.