Screenings & Assessments

Evaluation Methods for Children with Language-Based Learning Difficulties



Early identification of a learning difference is the key component necessary to help students achieve academic success.

Each missed educational opportunity by a student with learning difficulties decreases their chance of academic success as they become lost in a system that often cannot provide the education and method to achieve greatness.

At The Center for Multisensory Learning at WCDS, we are committed to individualizing the student experience in order to discover, empower, and ignite the confidence and passion of learners immersed in a nurturing environment.

By teaching to the edges with compassion, as well as utilizing sound Orton-Gillingham methodology and techniques, we are able to identify and overcome a variety of visual and auditory processing disorders.



When identifying specific learning difficulties in children, teachers at Wheeling Country Day School strive to help parents choose the right evaluation that will meet your child’s educational needs.

Mentors at The Center for Multisensory Learning provide multiple screenings and informal assessments that drive the instruction in the classroom and individualize the specific intervention practices in our after-school mentoring program.

For further learning and attention needs, we strategically help parents choose the right clinical evaluator. We help you determine the best option to provide thorough, quality assessments, decipher the results, and support your child’s learning from provided educational recommendations and accommodations.

A free consult is available for the options that are available for your area of concern.



Neuropsychological Testing can:

  1. Determine a diagnosis of dyslexia (if necessary)
  2. Determine cognitive/learning strengths
  3. Determine learning needs such as:
    • school placement
    • accommodations and modifications
    • educational services outside of school
    • necessary tools and technology
    • other supplemental services

The major differences between School and Neuropsychological Assessments is depth and cost.

  • school assessment takes place through a public school district and is typically free to the family
  • private neuropsychological assessment takes place through a clinical psychologist in order to determine diagnosis and rule out other possible issues. For example, this testing will identify and diagnose dyslexia if present. A requesting family will typically be responsible for any cost associated with this testing.

Each of these series of tests differ in depth, results, and subsequent recommendations.

While your specific set of needs and circumstances will determine a personal set of questions, use these as a guide to help you determine the best evaluator for your child.

  1. What is his/her training? Does she or he specialize in learning and attention issues or is his/her practice more general?
  2. What kinds of tests will she be using? How will she or he decide which tests to use?
  3. Is he/she a good listener? Does she return your calls and is he/she willing to become a part of your child’s team?
  4. Does he/she take time to learn as much about your child’s home life s her school life?
  5. Does he/she have a good rapport not only with you, but with your child?
  6. Is he/she interested in communicating with your child’s teachers and learning specialist?

The Child Find Mandate requires all school districts to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities. This includes children in private schools, parochial schools, and home schools.


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