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I have a LEARNING DISABILITY.....
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- My husband is interested in returning to school. He
dropped out of ninth grade due to what we now understand to be a
learning difficulty. He has recently been diagnosed as having ADD.
He wants to take the GED but I have suggested he first be tested for
LD so that he can identify what areas need special attention. I do
not want to advise him incorrectly. I realize he needs to experience
immediate small successes or he will become further discouraged and
frustrated. What avenue shall we take? (courtesy Anna Crane, Knoxville, TN)
- You are correct to suggest that your husband investigate his
learning style with a qualified educational psychologist. Otherwise,
the frustration that caused him to leave school once before might
surface again. There are many remediations and accommodations which
students with LD can use to attain successful academic careers. ADD
is often accompanied by other learning disabilities, although the
inability to sustain attention is certainly a serious problem.
Tell your husband that an educational assessment will highlight his
strengths, not only point to his weaknesses. He should be able to
develop a valuable plan of action after undergoing psychoeducational
testing and discussing his learning style with a practitioner who is
well-versed in the challenges of adult ADD. Many people with LD
attend college, graduate school, law school, medical school, etc.
Once your husband recognizes what facilitates his learning, nothing
will be able to stop him!
EDUFAX provides services for the LD Student.
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