Learning Disabilities/ADHD Assessment
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders (LD) are complex disorders that require labor-intensive assessment procedures.
Because of the extensive time commitment required for these assessments, they are primarily provided as part of training programs for advanced students in the Counseling & Testing Center's (CTC) clinical or counseling psychology doctoral programs.
Students perform the assessments under the supervision of a licensed psychologist with expertise in psychological assessment. While this allows the CTC to conduct a higher number of assessments than would be possible otherwise, it also means each assessment is likely to take longer to complete.
Students struggle with academic success for a variety of reasons, and sometimes assessments reveal students do not have ADHD or an LD. However, feedback from the comprehensive assessment will often provide information to improve function or compensate for weaknesses even when a diagnosis is not appropriate. Results may also help the student understand other concerns, such as substance use, anxiety, depression and personality issues.
The first step is to complete a Pre-assessment History Packet which you can download or pick up a hard copy at the CTC, Mary E. Forney Hall Room 306. Students should bring copies of school records, report cards, previous assessment results or anything else related to their academic history, and bring them to the initial consultation.
If it is determined a comprehensive assessment is needed, students will need to be prepared to invest 8-10 hours of their time to the procedure. There is a sliding fee for the assessment, ranging from $50 to $500 based on need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. When the process is completed, students will be provided with personal feedback and a copy of the final report.
Email Director of Testing and Assessment Dr. Steve Saladin, Ph.D., or call 208-885-6716.