When is Learning Assessment Helpful?

Parents are encouraged to consider comprehensive learning assessment when their child or adolescent:

  • Resists learning to read and/or reading for pleasure
  • Has difficulty organizing materials, tracking assignments, and remembering to turn in homework
  • Struggles to organize long term projects and essays and often waits until the last minute to start them
  • Completes homework independently but takes much longer than his/her peers
  • Requires parental help and/or supervision to complete homework due to distractibility
  • Struggles to “hold on” to new information despite repetition and reminders
  • Has trouble with rote memory and automatic recall (i.e., math fact automaticity)
  • Struggles once expectations for organization and independence at school increase (i.e., 3rd grade, middle school, high school)
  • Doesn’t want to go to school despite a lack of obvious stressor (i.e., separation anxiety, peer problems, depression)
  • Despite being articulate, has trouble getting thoughts and ideas into writing
  • Does well on homework assignments but performs poorly on tests
  • Appears bright and works hard yet continues to attain mediocre grades
  • Makes self-deprecating comments about their abilities (i.e., “I’m stupid”, or “I’m the worst reader in the class”)
  • Is so frustrated or defensive about their schoolwork that the parent-child relationship is suffering

Discussing your concerns with a psychologist can help determine whether or not pursuing a comprehensive learning assessment is warranted.

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