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FAQ

The questionnaire is intended for parents, teachers and professionals of children/students aged 8-16 whose child/student experiences a learning difficulty that raises the suspicion that their child/student has a learning disability and/or ADHD.

We suggest performing an initial test that locates and maps the child’s difficulties. It is recommended to perform this test as early as possible (but not before the age of 8). Early detection of the difficulties will help reduce gaps, so we recommend examining whether there is a learning disability as early as primary school age and not wait for the gaps to deepen to a stage where it will be more challenging to reduce them. The earlier the difficulties are discovered, the more appropriate treatment and support will be available and your child will have more successes and a better learning experience.

As is well known, diagnostic costs are very high (about $ 2000 for a single diagnosis) and can even reach higher amounts if complementary diagnoses are needed at best, or if expensive and unnecessary diagnoses are made until the source of the difficulty is identified at worst. 

Before you decide to go for a diagnosis, decide on the different types of diagnosis and drown in high and even unnecessary expenses, we suggest getting in order and examining the likelihood that your child has a learning disability, what learning disability, what potential adjustments in the ways your child takes test will be able to be used, which professional factors it is recommended to contact and what assistance is recommended for them. Here, you will receive a detailed and organized report by areas of difficulty that shows the likelihood of the existence of the various disabilities. You will also receive customized guidance for the child’s difficulties and information on how you should proceed with the process and options for assistance.

It is recommended to answer this questionnaire when there are learning difficulties that do not correspond to the child’s level of functioning in other areas of life or when the causes of the difficulty are unclear. Possible signs for diagnosis can be: great frustration around studies, avoidance of academic assignments, significant gap between different areas of learning, anxiety around learning, behavioral disorders in the classroom, and/or teacher reporting that the child is not realizing his or her potential.

The tool is an initial detection and mapping of your child’s difficulties and does not replace a didactic diagnosis. 

With this simple questionnaire you will know what the likelihood is that your child has a learning disability and/or ADHD. The questionnaire consists of 20 questions about your child’s learning functions today, developmental background, learning history and achievements. The questions are intended to help us formulate as broad a picture as possible of your child’s history and present difficulties, which will allow us to assess whether there is a likelihood of learning disabilities and/or ADHD.

In the first stage, you receive information about the likelihood that your child has a learning disability, for example a very high probability.

In the second stage you get the full report which consists of 6 parts: 

  1. Personal Details.
  2. Test areas:
  • Reading– in this paragraph we will examine the likelihood of having dyslexia (reading impairment) 
  • Writing– in this paragraph we will examine the likelihood of the existence of dysgraphia (writing disability) 
  • Arithmetic– in this paragraph we will examine the likelihood of the existence of dyscalculia (disability in arithmetic) 
  • Attention and concentration – in this paragraph we will examine the likelihood of the existence of ADHD. 
  1. Summary and conclusions – integration of all the data.
  2. Recommendations for ways of assistance: referral to relevant professionals, referral for medical/professional clarification, recommendations for adapted teaching/adapted technology and more.
  3. Recommendations for adjustments in the examination methods: Optional recommendations for examinations under adapted conditions, for example; Extra time on exams, reading the exam questionnaire, ignoring spelling errors and more.
  4. More information on continuing the process of obtaining adjustments and assistance: referal to the relevant parties in accordance with the report results and explanations about the continuation of the process.

 

After receiving the detailed report its various parts should be read carefully, see “Explanation about the report itself”. At the end of the report you will receive tailor-made recommendations for you and your child on the continuation of the diagnosis process and the options for assistance.

Didactic diagnosis is a diagnosis that focuses on gathering information on the child’s cognitive abilities in order to understand the reasons for their learning difficulties. The diagnosis is made by certified didactic diagnoses who have undergone in-depth training in the field of learning disabilities, and/or educational psychologists. 

The diagnosis provides information both about the child’s performance in basic skills (reading, writing) and about their abilities in broader areas of language, working memory and attention. In addition, if a difficulty in the field of arithmetic is reported, the diagnosis provides a solution and examines a specific learning disability in this field. The results of the didactic diagnosis make it possible to determine whether there are learning disabilities that affect the achievements, and in accordance with the results, to recommend making adjustments in the exams and/or referring to remedial teaching and relevant professional factors.

LDC allows initial identification and mapping of the child’s difficulties and does not replace a didactic diagnosis. It relies mostly on the parent’s answers in order to get a snapshot of the child’s difficulties and does not test their objective abilities in the areas of language, arithmetic, attention and cognitive abilities, as is done in a didactic diagnosis. Next, we examine whether these difficulties, combined with the developmental and educational background, fit the profile of a child with a learning disability. 

Our team of experts have developed the LD-CALC platform and the questionnaire based on many years of experience in the field of Learning Difficulties. The questionnaire specifically was developed based on updated researches and was validated by external company (p-value data analytics) who validated the data mining and the analysis process.

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