Counseling & Psychological Services
Assessment for Learning, Attention, and Developmental Disorders
CAPS staff psychologists and psychologist trainees provide assessment services for Learning (LD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) Disorders, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Disorders in learning, attention, and development are life-long conditions and are, by definition, present since childhood. Many individuals with these disorders are academically successful due to hard work, extra time, and persistence. However, the increased work load and complexity of information presented in the college environment may overwhelm these resources. First time diagnoses can be made at the college level.
Specific Learning Disorders
Learning disorders include specific difficulties in writing, reading, oral language, or mathematics. For each area, problems may be related to basic skills, such as word recognition, or more complex skills, such as reading comprehension.
Further evaluation for LD involves 3-6 hours of testing at a fee of $500.
Additional information on learning disorders can be found at:
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can take many forms. You may think of the child running around and jumping off furniture - but that is only one possible presentation. There are actually three types of ADHD:
- Predominantly Inattentive Presentation - individuals have difficulty with sustaining attention, miss details, procrastinate, fail to complete projects, lose things, and are forgetful
- Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation - individuals have a hard time sitting still, are always on the go, talk excessively, interrupt others, and act impulsively
- Combined Presentation - individuals having significant difficulty with both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive behaviors
While ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, some individuals are able to compensate with extra time and effort through their early education. The decreased structure and increased work load of college may be more than can be compensated for.
Further evaluation for ADHD involves 1-2 hours of testing at a fee of $300.
Additional information on ADHD can be found at:
Autism Spectrum and Developmental Concerns
Autism Spectrum and developmental disorders often make it difficult for individuals to understand social cues, think abstractly, and manage multiple tasks. Any of these disorders may interfere with an individual's ability to achieve in academic, work, and social environments.
Autism spectrum disorders may be diagnosed in individuals having difficulty with social interactions AND a narrow range of interests and behaviors.
- Social communication difficulties - problems initiating and sustaining conversations, missing non-verbal cues, limited eye contact, few relationships
- Restrictive or repetitive patterns of behavior - repeated movements, narrow range of interests, difficulty with change, sensitivity (or lack of) to sound/smell/touch/lights
Individuals with predominantly social communication difficulties may have been formerly diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The new guidelines now suggest using the term Social Communication disorder.
Evaluation of developmental and other learning related disorders will likely involve 3-6 hours of additional testing. The specific fees may vary, but will not exceed $600.
Additional information on Autistic Disorders can be found at:
Evaluation for LD, ADHD, or Autism Spectrum Disorders begins with an initial evaluation interview. To schedule this session, please come to the CAPS office and complete a request for services. Once the evaluation is scheduled, you will be given an additional history form to complete and return to the CAPS office prior to your session. A copy of that form can be downloaded here (Evaluation History Form).
During the evaluation interview, additional information will be requested regarding academic, psychological, medical, developmental, and family histories. A non-refundable $30 fee is charged for the Evaluation Interview; this fee will be applied toward testing fees if testing is indicated. At the conclusion of the interview, a recommendation will be made regarding further assessment. Testing charges range from $300-$600, depending on the specific tests required.
A 10% deposit is required before testing is initiated.
Fees for assessment services must be paid in full prior to reviewing the test results.
Please be aware that the entire assessment process typically takes 3-6 weeks to complete, depending on service demand and the amount of testing needed. During this period, individuals will complete the initial interview and undergo testing. The evaluator will then score the tests and complete a formal written report before reviewing the results with the student. Scheduling issues may delay the process further.
For more information on academic accommodations for learning disorders, mental health conditions, and other disabilities, please contact Adaptive Educational Services.