What is a Learning Disability?
A learning disability is a general term which means a problem in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or in using spoken or written language. A person with a learning disability is someone who has average to above average intelligence, but who has significant difficulties in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities. The only way to determine if you have a learning disability vs a weakness in a particular area is to be tested by a diagnostician.
It is not unusual for students to question whether they may have a learning disability in college even if it was never mentioned or tested for during elementary or high school. For some people, the support systems they built for themselves might not have followed them to college and/or the ways they found to compensate for weaknesses might no longer work in this academic environment.
How Would I Determine if I have a Learning Disability?
If you think you might have a learning disability but you are not sure, schedule a meeting with Dani Adler. Depending on what you are experiencing and your past history, Dani will explore your options with you and explain the testing process. Some students find that working with a CFAR academic mentor on improving their study skills for their courses, solves the problems they are experiencing. Dani can also administer a reading assessment that will provide additional information. Whatever you are experiencing regarding your learning style, Dani will answer your questions and address your concerns.
If you are just interested in being tested for a learning disability and are looking for a referral for a diagnostician, follow this link to the Disability Services for Students website page.