Dr. Dustin Johnson of SCPS presents information to help those of us who learn differently from the mainstream. Reminder that SCPS offers 24/7 crisis on-call services for Auburn students by calling 334-5123. For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911.
What if your brain works differently?
The university is set up to accommodate students who can process information in a particular way and can focus on demand. However, not every person learns in this fashion. There are clinical conditions that are considered neurodivergent, which means that the brain focuses and takes in information in a different way from most people. Examples of these conditions include Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Learning Disorders (such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia), and Processing Speed Disorder. Often students with these differences are afforded an accommodations plan that compensates for instances in which the university does not meet the needs of these different learners. An accommodations plan can be developed on the college level, as it is done on the elementary and secondary school levels.
As is typically the case when a diagnostic condition is considered, there has to be evidence of a significant daily functional impairment as experienced by the person in question. For proper diagnosis of a neurodivergent condition, such as AD/HD or a Learning Disorder, a person typically undergoes a psychological assessment. These assessments often consist of several neuropsychological tests, including tests of cognitive ability and academic achievement. A thorough testing regiment is typically required to rule out other conditions, such as anxiety and depression, that have symptoms that can mimic a neurodivergent concern. In fact, the Office of Accessibility will not academic accommodations for a neurodivergent condition unless a licensed professional has conducted a thorough and updated psychological assessment. Further, the AU Medical Clinic will not prescribe medications for students with suspected attention deficits without similar documentation.
The Auburn University Psychological Services Center in Cary Hall (334-844-4889) offers full psychological assessments for around $650 and does not accept insurance.
Clinical Psychologists, P.C. is a private practice off-campus that accepts insurance and usually has a short waitlist. It is located at 248 East Glenn (334-821-3350).
Psychological Assessment Center, LLC is an off-campus, assessment-only practice. It is on the panel for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of AL and is located at 3320 Skyway Dr. in Opelika (334-742-9102).
Auburn Psychology Group is another off-campus private practice that is not on insurance panels but will file with your insurance for reimbursement. It is located at 861 Dean Rd (334-887-4343).
Last modified: 08/12/2021