ADHDI currently teach preschool and I am looking for a way to test a student to see if the student has any learning disabilities as well as ADHD. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on...

ADHD

I currently teach preschool and I am looking for a way to test a student to see if the student has any learning disabilities as well as ADHD. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what tests I should use?

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Don't just jump to the conclusion that a student needs special education just because he isn't learning the way you think he should. Make sure you are trying interventions and different methods of teaching/learning. Document the things that you try and how the student responds. As far as ADHD there are several different scales that can be filled out by teachers and parents, however you will need to have started the referral process and have parental consent  to complete those scales. A doctor is a better option for determining ADHD than school personnel.

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drgingerbear | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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I currently teach preschool and I am looking for a way to test a student to see if the student has any learning disabilities as well as ADHD. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what tests I should use?

 

Unless the teacher is a trained psychologist or a psychometrist, evaluation instruments are not allowed to be distributed (or scored). It is definitly out of the scope of practice to "diagnose" a student with any type of disability or disorder (unless you are a certified, licensed medical practitioner). However, there are checklists and checksheets online that can be helpful guides when having conversations with the parents. The best source of information ro tests are your school/district psychologist. They have the most current and district approved testing measures for students. However, no testing can be done without parental permission.

It is a difficult situation to be in, as a teacher with many years of experience --- especially when a parent may be in denial. But breaking the law and stepping out side the scope of practice for a teacher can yield not so fun results.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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Here are some common things to look for in diagnosing learning disabilities in preschoolers. I took this from the website cited below. "PRESCHOOL Speaks later than most children Pronunciation problems Slow vocabulary growth, often unable to find the right word Lack of interest in story telling Difficulty rhyming words Trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colors, shapes Poor memory for routines Extremely restless and easily distracted Difficulty sitting still Lack of persistence at tasks Trouble interacting with peers Difficulty following directions or routines Fine motor skills slow to develop Trouble learning self-help skills (tying shoelaces) Clumsiness Reluctance to draw or trace Trouble learning left from right" http://www.coping.org/specialneeds/learndis.htm#PRESCHOOL


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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Check with your school psychologist.  He/she will know what the best choices are for such young children who typically don't have extended attention spans anyway.

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ridgeteacher | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Does the student currently receive any special education services?  I deal with Kindergarten and up so it may work differently for preschool but for kindergartens receiving services testing should have already been done.  If not, you should use your typical evaluations to determine if the child is significantly lagging behind his peers and if so, refer him to be tested for special ed so a psychologist can do testing.

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