A screening is a one and a half hour interview looking at a broad range of historical, academic, study habits / skills, academic frustrations and emotional components. The screening will not yield a diagnosis, rather, it assists in the decision making process for recommending the next step in the process, the Triage Committee.
All information is confidential, unless you sign a release, indicate intent of harming yourself or others, indicate past or present child abuse, or in the case of a medical emergency.
If you are frustrated with your learning, the first step is to visit Disability Services to schedule a screening appointment. You will be given a small packet of introductory paperwork to complete and return. A screening appointment is usually available in 1 to 2 weeks after submission of the packet.
A follow up meeting will be scheduled to discuss committee recommendations. Recommendations may include referral for a comprehensive diagnostic assessment (i.e. testing) at the Interprofessional Services for Learning Assessment clinic (ISLA) or with other qualified diagnosticians. Referrals to other JMU resources may also be provided. If you are not a candidate for testing, the screening process ends at this point.
You will be encouraged to seek out and utilize existing university resources such as Learning the Centers or the Counseling and Student Development Center.
If you are a candidate for testing with ISLA, a case manager can be assigned to provide support through the process. Typically, testing may be completed in two to three weeks, but is dependent on the student's schedule. You will be given tests of cognitive functioning, achievement, symptoms check-list, information processing, and personality characteristics. These are standardized tests administered one-on-one. Cost is $450.00 for a standard psycho educational battery.
Since the demand is high for assessments, you may be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list lasts approximately 60 days.
Results are typically given in three to four weeks after the testing is completed.
The report will include a reason for referral, tests administered, brief background information, relevant behavior observations, major findings, and recommendations. A diagnosis, if given, will be in the major findings sections.
If you receive a diagnosis and you need to request accommodations due to the limitations identified, you should contact Disability Services in Wilson Hall - Room 107 to discuss learning support services and accommodations. You must submit a copy of your assessment report to Disability Services prior to registering for services. Allow approximately two weeks after submission of your report for the staff to review your file and schedule a registration appointment.
Yes. A list of psychologists is available upon request.