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Assessment of Learning

Identification and Treatment of Learning Issues

A multi-modal approach to the treatment of learning issues involves seeing not only through diagnosis but the view that learning issues are both educational and psychological in nature. Learning issues can also be seen as learning preferences or styles. The issues of learning are how to manage best in the world, given neurological and social-emotional difficulties, as well as learning preferences. The diagnosis involves taking family and educational history, ruling out other mental disorders that are look alikes, and performing diagnostic assessments. Follow up requires a treatment plan where the client is fully informed and chooses his/her own goals for therapy which may address needs for emotional, psychological, or educational therapy, or a combination of these therapies. Appropriate resources and support networks are suggested. Therapy involves individual sessions both traditional and alternative approaches and possibly group therapy, depending on goals of the client.

The best approach is the one with which the client feels most committed to supported with, and empowered by. Choice is individual and empowering and has the best results when the client is informed of all the variables. In the case of children, parents and children both learn self advocacy in respective ways. The real success is in self empowerment and the ability to take charge of therapy and self growth. This may mean that a variety of approaches are employed  and multiple strategies are investigated. However, the involvement of the client in changing his/her learning process and working style through self and field knowledge as therapy progresses creates lasting change. Working with other professionals concurrently is welcome.


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