Adult Learning Disability Tests

About 15% of school-age children are considered learning-disabled. Because of a disorder that interferes with the learning process, it’s difficult for these children to learn basic scholastic skills. With some children, learning disabilities are mild and lessen with time. For others, they are severe and have a lasting impact on the child’s future. All learning disabilities need to be addressed and treated with professional guidance. There are several major causes of learning disabilities:

Mental Retardation

A below-normal intelligence level, or low ability to understand and benefit from experience, may be the cause of a learning disability. While some mentally retarded children may be educated in regular schools, those who are severely mentally retarded may require enrollment in special classes or schools.

Financing test

The tests are expensive ($1000 to $2000 in Montreal at the time). At the request of the Director of the OSD, the Financial Aid McGill students can give you a loan to pay for the tests.

If you are eligible for a Canada Student Loan, you can receive financial assistance for testing your home province. The financial aid system does not subsidize Quebec tests currently eligible for its students.

If you are covered under a parental health care that recognizes the services of a qualified psychologist, you may be able to get a refund of the cost of testing for such a system. Currently, plans SSMU, the Student Association 2nd and 3rd cycles and health insurance for foreign students at McGill do not pay for these tests.

Speech and Hearing

To learn to speak, a child must hear others speaking, be exposed to a variety of words or word combinations in others’ speech and associate particular sounds with specific persons/objects. Finally, a child must be able to convert an idea into organized sounds called speech. Problems in these processes may result in a child’s difficulty in learning to speak. Many times, speech problems relate to hearing impairments, which often may be corrected with a physician’s help. If the hearing problem is solved, speech therapy may bring a child up to speed with other children.


Since eyesight is one of the most common ways a child learns about the world, clear vision is key. Most vision problems in children result from crossed eyes, cataracts or nearsightedness. Often, vision problems can be corrected or improved with the help of a physician. Once treatment has helped your child’s eyesight, visual stimulation is essential; it encourages your child to use eyesight to learn about the world.


Translating visual images into ideas may be a challenge for some children. Difficult and slow reading may indicate dyslexia. One type of dyslexia occurs when a child persistently sees reversed words and letters, such as “b” and “d”. Once diagnosed, reading problems may be overcome with the help of a specialist or teacher.