When are children usually tested?

Children are tested most often at three ages:

  1. in pre-school, when they may show delays in the development of certain language, motor (movement) or cognitive skills. Often, these children are provided services through their pre-school, and children under the age of 5 are provided with services free of charge through funding by the federal government;
  2. around ages 7 or 8, when children move into the core academic skills (reading, math, speaking about ideas in complex ways) that become the basis for classroom instruction and learning for the rest of their academic careers;
  3. from ages 15 to 17, when their ability to compensate for their learning disorder may weaken, and the problems become more noticeable to teachers and parents. Children in this group will often require extended-time accommodations and other interventions that will help them demonstrate their true abilities. Happily, there are now a great number of “assistive technologies” that can be downloaded on a phone, to help children overcome their difficulties to some degree.