Learning disabilities: The need for neuropsychological evaluation

Cheryl H. Silver, Ronald M. Ruff, Grant L. Iverson, Jeffrey T. Barth, Donna K. Broshek, Shane S. Bush, Sandra P. Koffler, Cecil R. Reynolds

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A learning disability (LD) is a neurobiological disorder that presents as a serious difficulty with reading, arithmetic, and/or written expression that is unexpected, given the individual's intellectual ability. A learning disability is not an emotional disorder nor is it caused by an emotional disorder. If inadequately or improperly evaluated, a learning disability has the potential to impact an individual's functioning adversely and produce functional impairment in multiple life domains. When a learning disability is suspected, an evaluation of neuropsychological abilities is necessary to determine the source of the difficulty as well as the areas of neurocognitive strength that can serve as a foundation for compensatory strategies and treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-219
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2008


  • Learning disabilities
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Neuropsychological testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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