Language-Learning Disabilities Evaluation

Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations are conducted for children and young adults who have been diagnosed with a learning disability or who present with learning difficulties. Our evaluations highlight the individual's areas of strength and weakness and provide recommendations including accommodations and treatment goals.

Our comprehensive evaluations include formal and informal assessments of spoken and written language as well as related executive function skills.

A diagnostic evaluation consists of an interview and history review, formal and informal assessments, discussion of results and treatment options, and assistance with referrals to other professionals and facilities, as needed.  A written evaluation report is generated that summarizes test results and recommendations. 
An evaluation may assess the following skill areas:
Auditory Processing

  • Discrimination of sounds and words
  • Segmenting, blending and manipulation of sounds, syllables and words
  • Recall of numbers, words, nonsense words and sentences
Receptive Language
  • Semantics/Vocabulary
  • Syntax/Grammar
  • Comprehension of oral directions and stories 
  • Higher-Level comprehension (multiple meanings, inferences, figurative language & social language)
Expressive Language
  • Vocabulary/Word retrieval
  • Sentence formulation
  • Recalling a known story and formulating a story
  • Verbal problem solving
  • Social expression: initiating, maintaining, closing conversation
Written Language
  • Phonological Processing (phonemic awareness, rapid naming)
  • Decoding and Encoding (reading and spelling)
  • Reading Fluency (rate and accuracy)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Expression
Executive Function
  • Project planning and sequencing steps
  • Organization of thoughts and ideas
  • Flexible thinking and self-monitoring

Throughout the lifespan, a variety of speech, language and learning conditions can arise. Some typical diagnoses include:

Language Learning Disabilities

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia and other Reading Disorders

Executive Function Disorders

Pediatric Speech and Language Delays

Articulation and Phonological Disorders

Pervasive Developmental Disorders

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