Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do if I suspect I have a learning disability?

Students who suspect they may have a learning disability (or required updated documentation of a previously identified disability) should complete a Self Assessment Form, save it to your desktop, and email it to lac@syr.edu.

The student will be contacted by the Learning Assessment Center and scheduled for a 30 minute consultation with a school psychologist. If the consultation points to a possible learning disability, the student may be scheduled for a comprehensive screening.

What is included in a screening?

During a psychoeducational screening, a student will be asked questions related to the following;

  • Academic skills
  • Educational history
  • Family/Medical History
  • Study and Organizational Skills
  • Psychosocial Functioning

Students will also be asked to complete several questionnaires related to academic skills, academic behaviors, and socioemotional functioning. A screening typically takes 90 minutes. Following the screening, the evaluator will determine if a full psychoeducational evaluation is warranted.

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What is included in an evaluation?

The evaluation consists of a variety of test measures assessing the following areas:

  • Cognitive ability
  • Academic achievement
  • Memory

The evaluation is intended to identify areas of learning strengths and weaknesses in order to develop recommendations for effective study strategies and other aspects of academic coursework. An evaluation typically takes 6 hours.

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What are the benefits of having an evaluation?

  • Identifies whether a learning disability is present
  • Provides documentation of a learning disability if one is identified
  • Determines the need for support services and academic adjustment(s)
  • Provides recommendations for improving study skills and strategies for preparing for exams

What information will I receive from an evaluation?

Following an evaluation, the student is provided with a thorough review of his/her learning strengths and weakness, along with specific recommendations, both through a written report and feedback session.

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What does an evaluation cost?

Screening and evaluation fees are based on a sliding scale as determined by financial need.

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What happens after an evaluation?

If a disability is identified:

  1. Recommendations for academic support services and academic adjustments are made.
  2. The student may present their written documentation the Office of Disability Services where a counselor will work with him/her to ensure necessary and reasonable academic adjustments.

If no disability is identified:

Recommendations are made to assist the student in:

  1. Accommodating his/her own academic weaknesses
  2. Capitalizing on identified strengths
  3. Utilizing available resources

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