A learning disability is a neurological disorder which affects the brain's processing abilities. Often diagnosed in school-aged children who are unable to meet the expectations of a traditional classroom, a learning disability does not imply a lack of intelligence; in fact, many children with a learning disability have higher intelligence levels than other children of the same age. The problem lies in the child's ability to process information, leading to difficulties in reading, writing, reasoning, spelling or math, and can even impact a child's life outside of school, interfering with their social and home lives. While most commonly identified in children by a parent or teacher, learning disabilities can go undiagnosed, making testing in teenagers and adults sometimes necessary.
A learning disability cannot be cured; however, the earlier a learning disability is diagnosed, the earlier you or your child can begin to manage the disability and learn effective therapies and techniques to help succeed in work, school and everyday life.
Dr. Tansman has years of experience diagnosing children with a wide-range of cognitive and behavioral concerns. Trained in psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic testing and assessment, Dr. Tansman can effectively diagnose the following learning disabilities in both children and adults:
In addition, Dr. Tansman can diagnose issues which often coincide with a learning disability, such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD (previously referred to as Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD), as well as assess motor skills, sensory-perceptual functioning, visual-perceptual functioning and other executive functioning deficits. This in-depth assessment of the cognitive, behavioral and physical factors influencing you or your child's ability to learn will help to shape a unique and comprehensive approach to managing the learning disability.
Formulating a learning disability diagnosis can be complex. Dr. Tansman will begin by gathering you or your child's medical history and discussing the symptoms which initially led you to request a learning disability test. She will likely discuss your family history, as certain types of learning disabilities can be inherited from relatives, as well as discuss environmental and medical factors which may influence you or your child's ability to learn.
If a learning disability is suspected through this initial meeting, a custom-tailored testing plan, which may use a wide variety of testing methods, both electronic and manual, will be utilized to discover and diagnose any existing learning issues.
After receiving testing for learning disabilities, a comprehensive report can be created with recommendations. Dr. Tansman can discuss any questions or concerns you may have. The recommendations may provide eligibility for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to receive special education services, as well as accommodations for standardized tests, if indicated.
The prospect of suffering from a learning disability can be frightening. Listen to your gut - if you suspect you or your child is impacted by a disability, don't delay in receiving an assessment. Talk with your child's teacher(s) to gather work samples and their observations of your child's development, all of which can be incredibly useful during testing.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tansman at Psychological Assessment Services at her Los Angeles, Rolling Hills, Pasadena or Irvine office, call (310) 734-0306 or contact us online today!