HomebookWhat Are Specific Learning Disabilities?

Today, I found a great video outlining the various kinds of specific learning disabilities. The doctor who is featured in it also touches upon what specific learning disabilities are not, as well.

I’ll admit, when I first started this blog, I had some misconceptions about the various categorizations of various disabilities, but I’ve been learning, thanks to info like this video.

I’ve been thinking about getting reassessed for quite a while. It’s been twenty-mumble years since I was diagnosed, and over that time, I’ve noticed symptoms that are consistent with dysgraphia, dyscalcula and auditory processing issues.

Those last two are what get on my nerves the most, actually. That last one has a way of keeping me up at night, so I really need to figure something out.

Since I would like to go back to school one of these days, it would be nice to see if there are other accommodations I can seek for myself, in addition to the ones I’d need for dyslexia.

Unfortunately, there are a few hoops I need to jump through to get assessed as an adult, and my health insurance won’t cover it. However, looking up assistive programs geared towards LD screening is high on my “to-do” list.

I’ll keep everyone updated, of course!

Oh, and I found what looks like a great book by Henry Winkler, which is geared towards school aged kids, Niagara Falls, or Does It?

I haven’t read it, but the summary looks very promising. It’s about a fourth grade boy who struggles with writing. When his teacher asks him to write about what he did over his vacation, he figures acting out what happened was a good idea.

As usually happens with “it seemed like a good idea at the time” actions, it backfired on him. The story follows him through the lows of parental and academic pressure, through the testing process and on to the point where things get better for him.

Niagara Falls, Or Does It? is also available for Amazon Kindle and has the text-to-speech function enabled.


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What Are Specific Learning Disabilities? — 2 Comments

  1. This is a great article, I am glad I cam across it. Learning disabilities can be described in many ways that can get worse from academic pressure. There are many kids who suffer from ADD and other learning disabilities. These sorts of things can result in kids having problems in school and other situations. One great system that can help kids with learning disabilities is private tutors. My wife and I used Los Angeles Tutoring to help my son and he did great with it. They came to our house so he would feel extra comfortable and he also got a lot of individual attention. More schools should be providing private tutoring to children if they need it.

  2. Thank you!

    Tutors can be fantastic, I agree. That one on one attention is so valuable! I just wish it was more affordable for lower or even median income families, or that public schools offered the service at a discount, or even free.

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