Testing for Learning Disorders:
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, and Dyscalculia
At Brennan & Associates, we routinely assess for the presence of learning disorders such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. We do this by examining a student's ability across a wide range of areas including intelligence, reading, writing, mathematics, and processing speed. Results from this evaluation can be used to create a plan for accommodations at school such as extra-time for tests and/or indicate the need for additional academic support like tutoring.
What is Dyslexia?
Also referred to as a Specific Learning Disorder in Reading, dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Reading speed and reading comprehension are often weak. Most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program.
What is Dysgraphia?
Also referred to as a Specific Learning Disorder in Written Expression, dysgraphia is a learning disorder that affects written expression. Dysgraphia can appear as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting, and trouble putting thoughts on paper. A student with a writing-based learning disorder will benefit from specific accommodations in the learning environment as well as additional practice learning the skills required to be an efficient writer.
What is Dyscalculia?
Also referred to as a Specific Learning Disorder in Mathematics, dyscalculia is a learning disability affecting math. There is no single form of math disability as difficulties often vary from person to person and can include deficits in number sense, math fact memorization, math speed, or word problem solving skills. Identifying a student's strengths and weaknesses is the first step in getting help for a student with dyscalculia.