Children Learning Disability Test - by Dr. Ronand Cantwell M.D.


Q.   What is the Children’s Learning Disabilities Test (CLDT)? 

A. The CLDT is an extremely accurate online screening of first and second grade students who are underachieving academically or have learning or mild behavior difficulties in the classroom, to determine if they have a learning disability. The test is quick and easy to administer, and a full report is available by email.

Q.   What are the causes of classroom difficulties identified by the CLDT?

A. The most common causes of learning or mild classroom behavioral problems are Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Dyslexia. Research indicates that these problems affect 15%-19% of all children to some degree, with 5-6% being affected severely.

Q.   How accurate is this test?

A. This research based developmental educational test has been found to be consistently accurate for over twenty years of use. The false positive rate is less than 1.5%. False negative rates are zero.

Q.   Can teachers, pediatricians, and other childcare professionals administer the test?

A. Yes. No training is necessary as there are easy to follow test instructions. All that is necessary is parental consent, and test supervision by a high school educated adult.

Q.   Which students benefit from this test?

A. First and second grade are the most appropriate students for this test. However, ADHD can be detected as early as kindergarten, and SLD can be detected as late as in third grade if the deficits are significant.

Q.   What professionals will find the CLDT to be very useful?

A.   Special education teachers, developmental pediatricians, psychometrists, speech and language pathologists, and social workers would all find the CLDT helpful while working with children.

Q.   Why is the testing concentrated on first and second grade students?

A.   Pediatricians and educators all agree that early identification of a treatable condition provides the best treatment outcome. The CLDT specifically identifies students with significant learning problems in first and second grade, earlier than any other test in common use. Unless promptly identified and adequately treated, students who are not able to read before the end of first grade will almost certainly have continued academic difficulties throughout their school career, and often into adulthood.

Q. Is the CLDT a psychological evaluation?

A. No, it is not a psychological test or evaluation. However, children identified as having severe learning disabilities should have a full psycho-educational evaluation to determine if they qualify for Exceptional Student Education (ESE).

Q. How will the test report assist parents?

A. The test report includes easily understandable management recommendations, both immediate and long term.

Q.   What makes the Children’s Learning Disabilities Test different from other tests that evaluate children with learning difficulties?

A. Unlike other tests in common use, the CLDT accurately identifies the cause and severity of learning difficulties in first through third grade students, in many cases before public schools can be using traditional methods.

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