Psychologists play a significant role in identifying and supporting students with specific learning disorders, and may provide services at any and all stages of the identification and therapeutic process.

 
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An appropriately trained and experienced psychologist can identify and diagnose a specific learning disorder. The process of assessment and diagnosis is complex and requires careful consideration of a student’s cognitive strengths and difficulties, processing skills and response to intervention. It is also important to consider (and rule out) other factors that may better account for a student’s learning difficulties. In addition to assessment and diagnosis, psychologists also evaluate each individual’s learning profile and make recommendations regarding appropriate intervention and adjustments.

As students with learning difficulties and disorders are at greater risk of experiencing low self-esteem (which can contribute to increased feelings of anxiety and depression), Psychologists also play an important role in supporting the emotional wellbeing of students. Support may take the form of individualised counselling sessions, the provision of group therapy programs, advocacy and support, attending school meetings and working with families to manage the stress and frustration often experienced by students with learning disorders and their families.

 

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