Overcoming Learning Disabilities
I am not a fan of the term Learning Disability. I think we all have ways in which we learn best, and accommodations can make a huge difference in how well we do in school. But, it is not that people who learn in a traditional way are "normal" and the rest are "disabled", I think we are simply different.
I still listen to everything I write before I publish it, because I know I have a tendency to miss words, or mess up the conjugation.
I think we should be give each child their optimal environment so they can really enjoy the learning process and master the skills that bring them joy to work to on.
I think the far bigger issue is trying to make everyone the same, when we are not.
If you are going to go through the process of labeling your child with a learning disability, maybe you want to also consider seeing what they are going through from a more positive perspective.
Take the accommodations, if they help. But also look at their unique design. You may discover that advocating for their needs from both perspective actually brings a more complete, well rounded, healthier, and positive picture to the table. Which will also support your child (or yourself) to feel good about who you are.
For example, for me, the accommodations were great to get information in and to understand what people were really asking of me. But the bigger piece of the puzzle was to understand who I am, how I work, and to accept myself. It is OK if I am not interested in certain topics, because they do not feel like my truth, they are not relevant to me, and quite frankly they are none of my business, made a big difference.
We need to stop assuming we are all supposed to be the same and that if we push hard enough, we can all fill the same role. We are not. We are so unique, we learn differently, we hit maturity points at different times in our life, and if we are allowed to be ourselves, we will compliment each other beautifully and create a much more functioning whole, than all of us trying to be the same.
I say it again and again, we are not meant to be the same. We do not learn the same, we do not have the same truths, we do not have the same destiny. Before you are tempted to identify a disorder in your child (or yourself) why not take a look at your child (and yourself) from the perspective of who you really are, what you really need, what are you here to do. If after that you want to label someone as learning disabled, ok. But, sometimes the square peg doesn't fit into the round hole because it was never meant to.
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