Margaret J. Kay, Ed.D. Psychologist
Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Licensed Psychologist in PA and DE
Fellow American College of Forensic Examiners in Educational and School Psychology
Lancaster Office Phone: (717) 569-6223
Students with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders or other mental impairments, should have a comprehensive assessment and obtain documentation relating to both their cognitive abilities and academic achievement. As a general guide, tests used to diagnose learning disabilities should have the following characteristics: Comprehensive cognitive and academic assessment, Individually-administered nationally normed & be administered under standardized conditions.
Students requesting extended time for assignments and/or tests, should also provide documentation relating to their ability to take tests in timed-test conditions. For example, when submitting documentation to the College Board for review, the student should include the full psychoeducational or neuropsychological evaluation, including scaled/standard scores.
Although your school is required to provide reasonable accommodations as necessary, it does not have to provide devices or services of a personal nature including tutoring, training, devices for personal use or study, personal attendants and other related services. However, your school may provide these accommodations so it may be worth asking.
Additionally, your school does not have to change substantive content of a course, lower or make substantial modifications to essential academic requirements or make adjustments that would result in undue financial or administrative burden.
Most colleges and universities will not accept an evaluation that is more than three years old.
If you believe you have difficulty with learning that may be the result of a learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or a psychiatric disability, it is important that you have as much information as possible to assist you in enhancing your college educational experience.
Although many colleges do not offer a special curriculum or “structured” program for students with disabilities, support services and accommodations are typically available.
Dr. Kay performs many evaluations for college-bound students to determine if they require accommodations -such as extended time, testing in a quiet exam room, a waiver from foreign language course requirements, a single dorm room - as a result of a disability. Dr. Kay also consults with colleges to ensure that students with disabilities are afforded reasonable accommodations.