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College Learning Disorders + ADHD Clinic

If you suspect you have a learning disorder or a condition that can make focusing hard, like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention deficit disorder (ADD), college may seem daunting.

We're here to help you get the right diagnosis and support for a rewarding college experience.

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Thinking differently about learning disorders

College is an exciting and challenging time for many people. Paying attention may be extra hard if you have a learning disorder or trouble concentrating.

Learning disorders are usually diagnosed in elementary and middle school, but some aren't detected until adulthood. Regardless of your age, it's never too late to seek help.

When you visit us, we will ask about your health and medical history and discuss your developmental, educational and family history and any other social or emotional struggles, including mental health conditions. We'll use the information and other tests to determine if you have a learning disorder like dyslexia, ADHD, ADD or other potential causes that can make learning harder. 

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We'll work with you to help you understand how it affects your brain and ability to learn and give you tools to help in and outside the classroom. We can also connect you to support and recommend learning accommodations to help you perform at your highest level throughout college and life. 

If you're diagnosed with ADHD or ADD, you may also have a disorder that makes it hard to remember words, write clearly or understand math. It's also common to have one or multiple learning disorders. Although your brain may process information differently, learning disorders are not a sign of intelligence. Learning difficulties we diagnose and treat:

Attention deficit disorder
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Dyslexia is a learning disability that causes affects language. People with dyslexia can have difficulty with speech and sounds. They may have trouble learning and remembering words.


Dysgraphia is a condition that causes people to write slowly and have difficulty recalling and forming letters making spelling a challenge. They may also have trouble writing in a straight line.


Dyscalculia is a learning disorder that makes it difficult to understand numbers and math. People can have trouble counting backward, remembering basic math facts, and math-related concepts like estimating.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

ADHD is not classified as a learning disorder but makes learning difficult. It can cause inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination, making it hard to listen to a lecture, concentrate during tests, sit still for long periods, and read a book. Both children and adults can have ADHD.

Attention deficit disorder

ADD makes learning difficult and can cause inattentiveness and problems focusing. It is sometimes harder to recognize since people with it are not hyper. It is also more common to find women and people assigned female at birth (AFAB) than with men and people assigned males at birth (AMAB).



We provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine if you have a learning disorder, ADD or ADHD, including reviewing medical history, school records and test scores and interviewing people close to you like family, teachers, counselors, etc.

No one test will tell us if you have learning difficulties, and many look similar so we may recommend several verbal and written assessments as part of a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation.

Our evaluation tools will look at these areas for assessment and recommendations:

  • Memory and attention
  • Writing skills
  • Reading ability
  • Ability to calculate numbers
  • Understanding and processing information
  • Ability to remember words
  • Visual-spatial processing
  • Hand-eye coordination


If you are diagnosed with a learning disorder, ADHD or ADD, we can help you reach your full potential at school, work and at home. Based on the results of a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation, we may recommend treatments like:

  • Therapy and counseling
  • Medication
  • Academic assistance, accommodations or a combination
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