Students seeking accommodations for academic exams (e.g., SAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT) require documentation from qualified professionals who are knowledgeable of the specific assessment instruments used to confirm the learning disability diagnosis.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is misdiagnosed frequently. Always seek a psychologist who understands that ADHD is a disorder of executive function, not simply having problems concentrating or having “high energy.” An expert assessment of ADHD will always consider all factors (e.g., emotional disturbance such as anger or depression, anxiety, motivation, etc.) before arriving at an ADHD diagnosis. It is VERY important to have a comprehensive assessment completed so that a precise diagnosis can be deduced – having a wrong diagnosis can lead to years of unnecessary and often ineffective medication and frustration.
The ability to make sound decisions based on current information and resources is key in being able to live independently. Assessing one’s cognitive capacity involves measuring orientation, intelligence, cognitive flexibility, verbal ability, and executive function.
Thorough immigration assessments always consider cultural issues when interpreting empirically based data when examining psychological consequences of family separation. Extreme hardship found in such assessments can be used in cases of political asylum, domestic abuse, cognitive impairment, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).