Specific Learning Disorder: Diagnosis

There are several kinds of evaluations that examine how a child processes information, including educational evaluations (which assess reading, writing, math, and spelling ability) and neuropsychological evaluations (which develop a wide profile of a child’s skills and abilities in reasoning, learning, memory, visual and auditory processing, listening comprehension, verbal expression, executive functioning skills, and academic abilities). If a student is suspected of having a learning disorder, the school is legally required to provide an evaluation according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). You can also get a private evaluation from outside the school.