Learning Disability and ADD/ADHD Screenings

What is a Learning Disability?

The National Center for Learning Disabilities defines learning disability as “ a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive, process, store and respond to information.” Learning disabilities are typically identified when a person’s level of achievement is significantly below what would be expected for her/his age, schooling and level of intelligence.

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition associated with difficulties with attention, impulsivity and overactivity. It may be diagnosed in children and adults and can cause problems in completing projects, concentration and making decisions.

Some of the common symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD include:

  • Poor attention; excessive distractibility
  • Physical restlessness or hyperactivity (including fidgeting with hands and feets)
  • Excessive impulsivity; saying or doing things without thinking
  • Excessive and chronic procrastination
  • Difficulty getting started on tasks
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Frequently losing things
  • Poor organization, planning and time management skills
  • Excessive forgetfulness
  • Making careless mistakes

What is a Screening?

Screening for learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD is the first step in the evaluation process. It helps determine if formal evaluation is needed, which can be expensive. The screening process is a two part informal process that consists of an interview and follow up session to interpret instruments assigned and make recommendations regarding findings. If there is evidence of a learning disability, a referral will be made for a formal evaluation. Only through a formal evaluation can a diagnosis be determined.

The screening provides information to help decide whether you might benefit from a formal evaluation.

What are the Benefits of a Screening?

  • If diagnosed, you may be able to receive the recommended accommodations in your classes through the Department of Disability Services
  • Possible referral to psychiatrist for medication evaluation for ADD/ADHD
  • Understand how you learn best
  • Learn compensatory skills

Registration procedures:

To register for your initial appointment go online to https://scs.tamu.edu/secure

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