Evaluations.

Michael Ryan Ph.D. is a fully licensed psychologist who has worked with ADD and Learning Disabilities for over 30 years. Dr. Ryan is solely responsible for all of the testing and interpretation of results.

Why Evaluate Learning Problems?

Succeeding in school is the first developmental task that children achieve outside the family. When a child fails it impacts on their future success and mental health. The National Institute of Health has spent millions of dollars researching learning disabilities and school failure. This research has taught us a good deal about the different kinds of learning disabilities. Not all people learn in the same way.

Just as doctors must make a diagnosis before they treat an illness, it is critical to identify causes of an individuals learning failures before a treatment plan can be developed.

Who Can Benefit?

  • Anyone who has a history of school failure.
  • Anyone who is not achieving at their level of potential
  • Anyone who has trouble concentrating or organizing themselves

A comprehension evaluation can identify:

  • Dyslexia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Asbergers Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • The type and cause of a learning disability
  • The effective remediation of the learning deficits
  • Necessary accommodation at school and at work.
  • The need for extended time on standardized tests (ACTs or SATs)
  • Critical information for an IEP meeting.
  • Anxiety or low self esteem which can interfere with performance.
  • An individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

A comprehensive evaluation includes an assessment of the individuals:

  • Intellectual functioning
  • Academic functioning
  • Neuropsychological functioning
  • Emotional functioning

The Testing process consists of:

  • A one hour interview to identify the problems and take an educational and social history
  • Three to five hours of individual testing
  • A one hour interpretation of the results
  • A diagnostic report with concrete recommendations