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Question #24:
  • 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)
Answer #24:
  • 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!
    Good Luck!
    EDUFAX provides services for the LD Student.
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