A learning disability is a term used to describe a wide variety of challenges that can negatively impact one’s ability to learn and retain new information. Individuals who struggle with math, reading, writing, listening, speaking, and reasoning often struggle in academic settings. Being diagnosed with a learning disability does not mean that a person cannot be successful in school. Being diagnosed with a learning disability does mean that alternative teaching and learning methods are necessary.
Oaktree Guidance & Wellness Center is sensitive to the struggles and stereotypes that surround individuals who are challenged with a learning disability. We take a sensitive, holistic and encouraging approach as we work with each individual to assess and identify each person’s unique strengths and challenges. Our goal is to assist each person through encouragement, support and understanding so that he or she can be successful and confident in the academic experience.
The assessment process is divided into three stages. At your initial appointment, the psychologist completing the testing will complete a thorough clinical interview. The clinical interview is designed to obtain information about your past academic successes and challenges and to better help us get to know you. The second stage the actual testing is completed. This stage can take anywhere from 2-4 sessions depending the instruments used. The final stage is described as the interpretive stage and can last anywhere from one to two weeks depending on the type of instruments used. During this final stage the psychologist will summarize the findings of the first two stages in a comprehensive report. A final session will be scheduled during which the results of your evaluation will be reviewed with you and specific recommendations will be made.