A recent national opinion poll shows that most Canadians are confident about psychologists’ abilities. However, only 44% of Canadians are aware of psychology’s role in diagnosis, assessment, and management of learning disabilities.
Of course, from my chair (as a psychologist), our role seems obvious, because we are the only profession with the proper tools to find specific learning problems (e.g., measures of academic potential, intelligence, memory, etc.). (We can differentiate between, say, ADHD and LD. Maybe it’s not ADHD – those symptoms might mask something else. Or, the hype about ADHD may lead some to see it where it doesn’t exist.)
By the same token, I think that my profession is missing something – why are we such a mystery to people? As a group, we tend to want to help any way we can, yet often shrug when faced with the facts – most people don’t know how we can help. Any feedback would be appreciated! Please leave your candid comments.
As I mentioned in my last post on ADHD/LD, I urge psychologists to go beyond the simple identification of an LD. Look deeper: what is driving the LD? Is it a difference in memory? Phonological awareness? Is part of the public’s confusion about psychology because the quality of our mysterious reports varies so greatly?
Those lengthy and technical psychoeducational reports are often confusing and some, unfortunately, list many numbers but don’t contain much direction. Confused by your child’s assessment? Want a second opinion? Want to know why it says what it does? Want to know more about the nature of your child’s learning differences?
Give us a ring. We will review your child’s report and:
* provide in-depth analysis & interpretation of existing data,
* flesh out recommendations that will make a difference to your child,
* help you communicate your needs & concerns to the school, and,
* targeted follow-up testing to clarify those results – discovering what drives a gap between potential & achievement is key to effective accommodations.
We also conduct ADHD / LD & vocational interest assessments for adults or students heading into post-secondary.
Parents – ADHD & LD have a heavy genetic component. Ever wonder if you learn like your child? Ever wonder why your job performance differs from your pal’s? Why you get bored with your job fast? Why certain types of information just won’t stick? We can find out & show you work-arounds to boost your confidence & pride. Heck, you might even get a raise!