The major indication that you may have a learning disability is an unexplained discrepancy between your expected level of achievement and your actual performance. Learning disabilities make it difficult for those affected to learn as quickly or in the same way as others. People with a learning disability have trouble performing specific types of skills (like reading, writing, listening, speaking, or doing math) if taught in the conventional way. Ordinarily diagnosed in children, people with learning disabilities often have average or above average intelligence. Learning disabilities are somewhat common, affecting over two million school-aged children in the United States. Although having a learning disability can be a lifelong challenge, seeing a qualified mental health professional is very helpful for learning coping strategies.
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
master's in clinical mental health counseling
Living with a learning disability as I do myself, can be challenging. Individuals struggling with learning disabilities can experience anger, frustration, shame, and low self-esteem. Speaking to a therapist about your feelings can be very helpful. A therapist can help individuals understand that although learning disabilities are lifelong and many methods of help including support are available.View Profile
PhD Licensed Behavior Analyst
I have experience of working with a broad range of skill deficits that may accompany a learning disorder by breaking down a task in smaller steps, identifying missing pre-requisites for a certain skill, using shaping and prompting to help a student overcome current difficulties and improve their style of learning. The methods I use are successful when coupled motivational strategies.View Profile