Symptoms of Learning Disabilities

Student working on school writing, working on an assignmentThe symptoms of learning disabilities are a diverse set of characteristics which affect development and achievement.

Some of these symptoms can be found in all children at some time during their development. However, a person with learning disabilities has a cluster of these symptoms which do not disappear as s/he grows older.

Most frequently displayed symptoms:

  • short attention span,
  • poor memory,
  • difficulty following directions,
  • inability to discriminate between/among letters, numerals, or sounds,
  • poor reading and/or writing ability,
  • eye-hand coordination problems; poorly coordinated,
  • difficulties with sequencing, and/or
  • disorganization and other sensory difficulties.

Other characteristics that may be present:

  • performs differently from day to day,
  • responds inappropriately in many instances,
  • distractible, restless, impulsive,
  • says one thing, means another,
  • difficult to discipline,
  • doesn’t adjust well to change,
  • difficulty listening and remembering,
  • difficulty telling time and knowing right from left,
  • difficulty sounding out words,
  • reverses letters,
  • places letters in incorrect sequence,
  • difficulty understanding words or concepts, and/or
  • delayed speech development; immature speech.
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  1. Monica Roman says:

    I have a 5 year old son in kindergarten and diagnosis of ADHD last year. Instead of help from his school, my son gets referral after referral, I get calls from school to pick him up, conference after conference, and I’ve tried to get my son an IEP in place. His doctor has tried serval different medications, most with horrible side effects. His doctor wrote a letter to my sons school requesting the IEP and it did not speed the process up at all. My sons school talks of him not moving forward into first grade in August and I am fed up with it all. I have been at my job almost a year, used all paid time off to leave and get him early from school or stay at home because he was suspended from school. My son has also been kicked out of about four local daycare centers for his behavior. How far do things need to go before we get some real help? Where do I go? Who do I need to talk to? I’ve read books, researched web-sites. I’m at an over whelming loss.

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    • You have to request iep and testing for your child in writing. Go see a psychologist who can test him for learning disabilities. Google examples of letters requesting IEP. Research online. You are the only advocate for your child! It’s sad they ignore you because it’s all about money and the budget. Request in writing that you want your child tested for a learning disability. Again do it in writing!

      • I am 12 and I have a learning disability I took the medicine once that the the doctor had gave me and I got worst .now I can’t focus and think properly. I cry sometimes and ask God why he had to make me like this,it’s like I’m the only retarded one in the classroom ;( i hate the way I am,

        • Tamara, I’ll being praying that you never feel that way again. The Bible says that God knit you together in the womb and made you wonderful. God has a plan for your life you just have to find it.

          • Wow those words are powerful. I am 32 and have a learning disability. I feel the same way. I’ve had all my life and I feel so stupid. THank you

        • Tamara I Understand What you are feeling I have mild learning disability I’m 29years old now but when I was in school it was horrible I was bullying but I understand how you feel your not alone ok tamara

          • Trinity lyles says:

            Your not alone either I have it to she gets bad grades each school year and she can’t focus in class and she gives up and shuts down.

        • Tamara!

          This is what I know about you from your few sentences. You are very intelligent, you have self awareness and a desire to do well. You have courage to boot. These are qualities that many children without learning challenges don’t have and may never develop. I believe that when we find a closed door it is directing us to look elsewhere. Perhaps you are an artist, musician or have a gift with plants or animals.

          The point I am making is that everyone here has something to work on inside themselves and a gift to develop and share. Our country overemphasizes education in a very narrow format that is not inclusive.

          I understand why you feel so crummy but I see that fire of passion to do well and believe you will begin a journey of discovering your own interests and talents. I believe in you and that your passion to succeed will be realized. Have you explored things like pottery or music or dance or…..there is so much great stuff out there to be explored, Tamara.

          I wish you all good blessings! I believe in you and that like all of us, you will begin your journey of self discovery. You are fortunate to realize early on what is not fun for you. Ask for help when you need it and start exploring your interests. Move your attention away from what appears to be a loss and look for what has been given to you specially and develop that.


        • Your religion is your own meaningful buisness, but I wouldn’t say God made you this way. This implies calculation, as if you were somehow less. In life there is chance. Bad things happen for no reason to good people. It is not our fault these things happen. There is no big bad reason behind it. It just happens. Happy chance and unhappy chance. It’s how we choose to face those bad things that happen to us that makes us who we are, in not letting chance define how we see ourselves and the world. Perhaps some things to think about: What would you like to change in your life, what information do you have to help you now, where might have more information to find, and is anyone around who can stand by you while you make these choices?

        • Hello! I am almost 32 and wondering if there is any way to get help for adults? I think I have a learning disability. It seems I do okay in school but when it comes to actual jobs, I am not very good. I want to do well. It’s not as if I get drunk or just call out of work but I have had a tough time trying to find something I am good and thus a job where I am decent at.

          I did have a grocery store job I was good at, but that isn’t enough to pay the bills. I think I should get tested, but how do I start?


          • if you had a learning disability than you would have had it all through your child hood so at some point this would have been seen by your parents and your teacher. when you pick to get a new job make sure it’s something you like to do and not because you want to get more pay if you pick a job that is something you like to do, you are more likely to success at that job.

          • I was diagnosed with ADD as an adult. I did great in school, pretty good in college and at most jobs. But once I decided to stay at home with kids, it all fell apart. The reason – school, college, and even most jobs had firm accountability. At home, I became the primary manager and organizer. I now had to create the “structure” and maintain internal accountability, both of which came from outside of me in school. I couldn’t do it, and still can’t. Certain symptoms of inattentive ADD were there, all the way back to kindergarten, but back then people only really knew about the hyperactive type. Many of the symptoms for ADD, LDs, and even HFA (aka Asperger’s), overlap. So, it’s always a possibility that the struggles have a different source than a learning one. I’ve just tried to research as much as I can, and then take that info with me to my doctor or a counselor. As a recommendation, Russell Barkley has some great books that really explain executive functioning (hallmark issues for those with HFA and ADD/ADHD) that can really help clarify if you struggle in that area or not.

        • Dianne Barnaby says:

          Hi Tamara, My name is Dianne I am 45, I do know how you are feeling. Please don’t referred to yourself as a retard. I do believed we all learn differently and we should not label ourselves . Praying is what help me through my daily life. I am currently in college after 24 years. I didn’t believed I have the capability to continued with my education. Here I am doing it and I am proud of myself. I do know it’s a struggle, have no doubt you are more than capable.

          • Dianne, I am 43, (English is my second language, sorry for grammar and mistakes). I always wish and still dream! to finish college but, as far as I remember, I always had a problem with studying, no focusing, poor in math, and writing, and everything between. Now, I have a 7 years old daughter, that she has difficulties in learning, she has a special help at school, we went thru many meetings with team of teachers, and as a result, she gets a lot of helps, on top of it we will have meeting with her pediatrician in October to see how it goes, and what’s next. We found out about her difficulties at the beginning of her 1st grade. When I look in all of this with her, I see myself in her age, very similar problems, and because of that, no motivation to study. My sons are doing pretty well at school get with school task on time . And daughter? I think is my case. I didn’t get any help, so I struggled thru majority of my school years, now is time to start something, I live in USA and what is the step for adult to start college, and how you handle it? I decided to reply to you because your my age.

        • Pamela Hammer says:

          That’s so sad, I am 54 and I went through the same issues as a child. But I became a large secretary and have at a successful carrier. Some of the most smarts people have had a ld, like Albert Einstein and a an attorney I work for also had problems. You can overcome it just takes longer. Ask your parents for extra support.

        • This really brought tears to my eyes cause I felt like this AMD don’t know how I ever made I out of high school

          • laureli as in lorelei says:

            hey my name is lorelei but spelled like this laureli i’m 15 and still in high school but i’m home schooled they say i’m ADD and i take stuff 4 it but i feel like maybe its a difrent kind of learning disorder.but i don’t know? at the top of the page their r a bunch of simptomes only a few as in like 2 were off its super hard in my grammer and math in fact i gave up in math last year and so i’m in ninth grade still doing pre-algibra and thats 8th grade i get so stressed out when i can’t figure out,forget or cant learn the problem right,i begin to break down and it takes a long time 4 me to calm.

            PS.excuse the spelling ADD remember ; )

        • Tamara, I feel you…I am twelve too and I am crying a lot also and asking God to help me but I feel like he isn’t. But rest assured, better things will get better.

          P.S: I also have a learning disability it is called Dyscalculia.

        • Nikkoleen cooke says:

          I have SLD in Reading and writing (spelling/english). It was discovered when I was in the 4th grade. I didnt read my first book on my own til the ending of 2nd grade ( back then it wasn’t as talked about or common as it is today). I’m now 41 years old I have got to college have 128 transferable credits to a 4 year. That I did on my own. No SLD support. I wasn’t a 4.0 GPA but I was a 3.2 GPA. I hated reading out loud I do still. I just had the figure out what worked for me and what didn’t. It takes time. And you have to trust yourself. Honestly, all the days that I felt less then. I didn’t tell my mom. I didn’t tell anyone, I saw my self as less than equal to my peers. My mom always said, I have to work harder then they did and had to learn something differently they they did. But I could do it. And I did. You will to in time. As a child you don’t have a understanding as to why your different, you just want to be normal. There is no normal. As you get older research different ways to help yourself with your type of disability. That’s the best thing you can do. Who knows maybe God’s plan for you is to help bring awareness to others, or learn new methods of learning for your disablity. You can do anything you just have to believe you are equal to your peers. Put everything you have into whatever you do and you can never fail.

        • Tamara, you aren’t retarded. We all have our own problems. No one is perfect. I am 38 years old, disabled since birth but only legally since age 15. I have done many things in my life. I try not to allow my disabilities stand in my way. I nearly have a Bachelor degree in Psychology (only 6 classes away, but don’t see me being able to finish it, as I would like to). I have an 8 year old daughter whose IQ is probably higher than my own. In second grade last year, she took a French class at Murray State University. I could never do that. I flunked my 5th, 6th, and 7th grades and due to surgeries to keep me alive and reconstructive surgeries they passed me through those grades. By the time I dropped out of high school, I only had like a 1.19 GPA, my memory sucks. Was miraculously accepted into the Military Police corps, had been dropped from that due to memory problems but had an uncharacterized discharge. Then was a Firefighter for a couple years, a Correctional officer for state prison in Kentucky, went to college and by the time I stated getting burned out in college, had a 2.23 GPA. Went to the community college I was set up to fail, I left there with a 1.153 GPA, we all have limitations. You aren’t retarded. Don’t allow Satan to lie to you like that. We all feel dumb from time to time. But just continue to love God. He has tasks for you to accomplish that only YOU can accomplish, for His name sake. And we all feel humility at one point or another, some, more than others. Don’t worry about pride. When we fall, God picks us up and put us on our feet so we may keep walking, no matter how often we may fall.

    • at this point you need to look at why he is acting out in school. what is going on out side of school, what is his attractive outside of school, what is his diet? my next question would be has your son gone through any trauma that could cause him to be acting out in a negative way. i would say you should seek a council to help you with getting people to help your son.

      jeffrey small

    • Ray Quesada says:

      Hey, I had a pretty serious learning disability as a kid, couldn’t tie my shoes till I was 6 and even then did it wrong. I didn’t learn the proper way until I was like 9 proibly, lol. I got all my numbers and letters backwards and jumbled, I could barely look people in the eye, had extreme anxiety in essentially ALL new experiences…I somewhat remember this but according to my mom I used to sit and rock back and forth in an almost catatonic state for 30-60 mins at a time, unresponsive to people trying to communicate with me. I have severe attention and memory problems that still plague me to this day. If that wasn’t enough, my dad would beat me with a leather belt and hit me so hard they’d have to keep me out of school because of the bruises, and I now suffer from PTSD as well. I’ve got a massive list of even more stuff I could talk all day about, but that’s not why I’m writing this. I’m sharing this because I want parents out there to know that even if their kids have developmental issues, if you give them ALOT of affection and encouragement, praise their successes, dont make a big deal out of their shortcomings, and expose them to a lot of new situations and just let them work thing out in THEIR time, it is possible for them to essentially outgrow it, mostly, and the best part is, they actually can excel in many areas of their life. My mom always fueled my strengths, and made me feel less pressure to improve, which helped me. I actually score in the 140s on IQ tests now, despite my brain working differently. I actually became extremely gifted in certain areas although I still have quite a lotvof issues. I taught myself how to juggle, how to play guitar exceptionally well, I can do certain sleight of hand magic better than just about any person I’ve seen, I can play poker with people and tell them the EXACT cards in their hands, (sometimes I’m one card off) a high percentage of the time. I can play pool and do trick shots that look almost superhuman. I can sing very well, etc etc etc. Of course I have been extremely deficient in other areas, BUT I’m even getting pretty good at using mindfulness and social theories to understand how to communicate and socialize better and more smoothly. I really do owe much of my giftedness to my mom for always loving me so much. Despite everything, I never felt like a burden, I actually didnt even KNOW for a long time that I was at any sort of disadvantage at all. My disabilities were never even mentioned. Although my dad was a violent dry drunk, I’ll at least give him that as well. He also just would play along like I was totally normal. I think parents make the error of subconsciously (or purposefully) putting a victim mentality into their kids. The kid then believes they don’t belong, they have evidence to support it, and then they play the part, which also encourages other kids to either feel sorry for them or to either ignore them or worse, tease them. Once they get enough confirmation from their environment they truly begin to believe that collective, shared narrative about themselves. They will be afraid to fail, to make friends, to take on challenges, to let go and be free and have fun. Any parent reading this, remember, the mind can overcome anything with enough belief. I had a severe spine injury as well when I was 21 (I’m 30 now), and I was essentially bedridden with every muscle in my body spasming and jerking about 75% of the time. I had to crawl to and from the bathroom. And during that period of time I’d lay in bed and chant for hours straight to myself, : “I AM healing; I WILL overcome this; I WILL walk normally again.” And id tell myself, “the more you believe you’ll get better, the faster it will happen. And the more you DOUBT you can heal yourself with words alone, the MORE your subconscious mind will try to prove your conscious mind that it is wrong.”. Id literally talk to the nerves in my body, I’d thank them for telling me I was injured, and then I’d ASK them to send their electrical signals through different nerve channels to make my legs work better, since my main nerves were damaged quite badly. It took me over a year of my life, and doctors all told me I’d never walk normal again without surgery. But the next year I was waiting tables working 40 hours a week with no assistance. This is the power of your mind, and of your children’s minds. Kids’ minds are actually the MOST powerful. They aren’t burdened by social conditioning, they’re totally in touch with imagination and the belief in ” magic” etc. If you have a kid who seems doomed, get that thought out of your mind and never think it again. Focus on what you CAN do to help them. Their hardships will make them stronger if you teach them to take it a day at a time and to trust thermselvesvand the process. Lastly I’ll say if you read books on hypnosis, neuroplasticity, and books by communication masters such as Bandler and Grinder, Milton Erickson, I’ll even mention Tony Robbins just so you catch the idea of the kind of subject matter you should be reading, then you’ll be at a great advantage right from the start. God bless, good luck, and stay positive! -Ray

    • Shannon G Thompson says:

      You may qualify for disability because of loss of work ect. I have a friend who recieves disability for her sons adhd. My son has it without the hyper activity. He struggles with school especially math. I have times when I am so frustrated with him that I scream. I am doing my dardest to help him. You just gotta give them all the love you have and I believe they will be alright in the end. I have to remind myself that alot. I have add too which makes it really hard to focus and finish things.

    • Steffany says:

      I am not sure of the state that you live in but in MD the school has 60 days from the date of your letter to schedule an initial IEP meeting. Contact your local center for disabilities and inquire about your rights as a parent. Good luck with the process.

    • Calm down monica. iam student and my course is about speech pathology . i know what u r dealing with.All i can say is that “DONT GIVE UP, BECAUSE MIRACLE HAPPENS EVERY DAY” And believe in god.

  2. Our child has an IEP under other health impairments. She receives speech and language services for expressive and receptive disabilities, she is in pull out Math and Literacy classes. Her range of achievement is from a 3 – 5th grade level in Key Math testing results. On the WCKE math our child scored in the one percentile. In the NWEA district testing 2% . She is receiving an A in her current Sped Math class. She reads fluently and is at about a 4 -6th grade level in Literacy on the WIIAT testing, her lexile level is 411-561. She scores in the 4% for in the area of Language Arts for the WKCE and The 6% for the reading portion WCKE. On the NWEA district test she scored at the 4% range. She is receiving a B+ in her current Lit class. Science grade is a D, in Drawing class a D and in Social Studies a B. She is in the eighth grade. We feel she should be making greater gains and we are not seeing the education transferring into her world outside of the school setting. In the areas of Math, Reading comprehension, Writing. We have seen very good progress in Sp & Lang services. Next year is the leap to high school.
    The other concern is Social peers: I am fearful for the type of kids that she is paired up with at school and has taken to as friends. We noticing our kiddo mimicking some of their adverse behaviors. Many of these kids have a lack of guidance and are not involved in activities, have much broader boundaries, poor attitudes, low motivation, poor self image, no filter in their language and actions, many are EBD… the kids have been grouped together in most classes for three years now. These kids who are accepting of one another, they feel they have to stay together because they are not the popular kids don’t like them and they have each others back. My husband and I are very concerned because these kids sadly have a different life exposures that are unsafe and do not want our child to gravitate to. We have asked for her seating to be with kids that set more positive examples, yet our kiddo feels she has to be with this group. These are the kids she sits with at lunch… when the other students see who she is spending time with they will not accept her into their group. If we lose her to this group of kids then our daughter will be at risk to some very unhealthy life exposures and a very rough path in life. Also her desire to succeed in her education could be greatly challenged. How do we encourage her to make a social group change, these kids she has embraced as her friend group. We are teaching her to recognize the adversities, but now she is upset with me for not liking her friends, that her friends are nice to her and I am being rude in the things I am pointing out.
    Regarding her education – how much gain can we expect to see from year to year? She does not want this but, I am considering home schooling as she does best with one on one and more quality time spent on the necessary subjects and can be taught at her level. Yet our kiddo is very social and this may have an adverse effect too. I feel so distraught and unsure as to what to do so that she is safe and also has the best opportunity for success also to make greater gains educationally. We have had an IEP meeting regarding, They can meet her need educationally but can not help socially as these are her choices.
    Thank You for Your Time & Help

  3. Betsy Hale says:

    Hello! I am a retired elementary school teacher. Presently I volunteer as a tutor in our local library’s adult literacy program. One of my students, Daniel, is struggling with trying to read. He is 37 years old, highly motivated, intelligent, and a very had worker.
    Daniel has not been able to learn to read even at a kindergarten level. He has learned many word attack skills, but is unable to use these skills efficiently. His comprehension, when something is read to him, is wonderful. He always scores at 100% in comprehension this way.
    I have noticed that when he tries to follow a “read-along” from the internet, he has to move his entire head back and forth to follow the highlighted words. He told me he has never been able to hold his head still and follow just with his eyes. Daniel was born with a “hole” in the roof of his mouth. According to his mother, this hole is not a real cleft palate. Daniel’s speaking vocabulary is quite good, but he has a lot of difficulty pronouncing words. His mother has stated that no one has ever seemed able to label Daniel’s disability. Any help from you folks in helping with a diagnosis, or help in pointing me to somewhere that would be of service in my helping Daniel would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Betsy, I wonder if he has ever been tested for eye tracking issues? Eye therapy is fantastic and re trains the eye how to move. It would certainly explain his inability to read. I had amblyopia as a child and eye therapy fixed it. My son had a terrible time reading. One he did eye therapy he could track better (he still struggles but it helped immensely). I hope you have found some helps. He is lucky to have you.

    • It Sound like he has dyslexia and might benefit from a multi sensory reading approach like OrtoN-Gillingham, susan Barton or Wilson.

  4. Dear
    i have son 6 years old i am very much upset because i am facing learning problem in my child no body tell me the right direction so that io can focus and do start working on it.
    he can understand the things toilet train and memory is good but very much hyper and from last 3 years he is still in play group i will be very thankful if you people help me ti find out what is the exactly problem going on with my son and what i have to do .

  5. I’m 17 almost 18 years old and in highschool, I’m a triplet so my brother use to have a really bad learning disability in reading and just had issues tying his shoes in 1st grade. I’ve been failing every since going to highschool and barely passing the class every year. Not because I’m lazy or don’t want to do the work but because I truly can’t stay focused or let alone understand an assignment, and takes me like 1-2 hours to do a complete assignment correctly . But, 10th grade I failed almost everything and paying attention was a problem, my mom just started to put two and two together because I never and didn’t know how to ask for help. Sadly, now I will NOT be graduating with my other two siblings and I’m embarrassed when people start to find out… I cry a lot when I can’t handle school work, and all I want to do is graduate and go to Cosmetology school, that’s all I’m good at anyways and I love doing my boyfriend’s hair and my friends and families hair and/or makeup. But, in order to go to school for becoming a hairstylist or Cosmetologist I need to graduate highschool and by the looks of things it’s not happening. Im suppose to being in 11th grade and I cant even pass the classes I need to to become a senior next year. Hate my life right now. 🙁

    • I hope all is well for you. Don’t give up …it takes us longer to accomplish then others but the end of the day it’s completed.

    • They always say go back to school how can I go back to school if I don’t know the work then they tell u u can learn nd someone can teach or able to help but how can I someone teach me when nothing ever sticks to my brain and it’s hard to understand it it’s like it goes in and goes out

      • laureli as in lorelei says:

        i’m 15 trust me i know how it is but i think u should take their idvice all i am saying is that i tell my self i push and push hard but thats a lie that i tell my self i know i can find a way to push the limit but first i need to find where the limit is all i know is its going to be a long way to get there but i can push myself even if it means stress and tears along the road.
        and i’m not shure if u knew this but a lot of people with learning disabilitys tend to be smarter than average people and more sucsesful just find your strong point and work from their this is for every one like me and go’s threw the same stuff now dont think i’m always like this about it in fact i’m usually the opposite but i’m learning to fight not give up and let ADHD dictate my life and it seems a hole lot of u are.fight 4 what u want not what u think u deserve.
        PS. NEVER GIVE IN AND NEVER GIVE UP IT’S NOT OVER YET! now that should stick in your mind.
        PSnum2. if u live in Shreveport visit celebration church on business park drive hope 2 see u there 😉

  6. I have problems that I have even at53 and learning and you know people mean well when they say God made in his image and I was wonderfully made what dam joke

    • laureli as in lorelei says:

      i’m 15 and its no joke i have the same problems and i DON’T blame GOD.

      i can see u strugle,so do i so does pretty much every one on this page.u probably dont know this but a hole lot of successful people in this world r ADHD,and i’m not going to let ADHD dictate my life or hold me down i will dictate my own future is up to me not my dome learning disorder.
      the only joke is you thinking that.i’m not trying to be disrespectful i’m defending what believe in,and because i’m in control of my future i will give list of options that i plan on trying to do when i’m a little older.

      GENESIS 1:27——-ROMAN 5:8 for an a daughter of christ-GOD

  7. Is it common for symptoms to present later in life? Say 11-13 years old? My son has had continual issues in school but his elementary school offered so many “retakes” of bad grades it totally caused horribly inflated grades which in turn made it appear there were no issues. I have been dealing with his teachers for 3 years and have always been told, “things will get better”. Well this year he started middle school and it has been a nightmare. I have requested he be tested for learning disabilities but his school is putting me off.

    • laureli as in lorelei says:

      go to the doctor my mom took me and its easy they give a paper with difrent questions and you can rate it like 1,2 or 3 except words then you talk about what you notice and they prescribe then you pick it up a couple of day later. PS.age-15

  8. Estella Galarza says:

    I’m fifteen and I have been experiencing strange Things in my chemistry class. When we take notes on a unit, the teacher asks for us to highlight/ underline or bold certain words or phrases, and I can’t seem to be able to read the notes anymore. I focus all my attention on the bright color and the more and more I look at the notes, the more and more I just see crazy letters and symbols. I am still able to do the work, just at a slower rate with more focus on directions than the work itself. I have also been struggling with memory. I can’t remember most of my day, such as what I ate, whether or not I used the bathroom yet, or who I’ve talked to. I’ve talked to a few people about this, but none have an exact idea of what it could be.

    • Tori Manies says:

      I am 14 and I am currently dealing with the same things and I am now failing ever single class I’m in

      • Well I was born with a slower developed brain. I was always in my own world in school, didn’t care about school, I always thought about fantasy characters and stuff. Some people have that all there life and some people grow out of that brain chemistry. According to my research my problem was that the construction of my brain, was moving at a slower rate compared to the faster learners. By the age of 18 to 20 is where people grow out of it. So you could be having my old problem. Yeah chemistry of your brain could be slowly bringing things in your mind but you might grow out of it. I am doing online colllege so I can work with the vets, and that’s a hard career and my grades are in the honors level. Or maybe you need to try harder and let go of to much video games and stuff because they could distract your mind

  9. Morgan brewer says:

    Hey I’m 16 and I have 7 of these symptoms should I have a test done? I’m have in difficulties in school.

  10. Hi, Im 13 and have a learning Disability and my classmates say that its not fair that we get to do 10 out of 20 words of our vocb test. And my friend said that people in my class (IEP class) was slow and that made me cry i told her i have an iep but she just said that no i don’t i just don’t like to do the work but i try i just don’t understand it an i said i was going to go back to the 2 grade should i? I mean i don’t no how to maltaply or division and i forgot how to add an sub. Im really woryed im going to be in high school in a year with an 1.0 gpa while everyone has a 3 or an 4.0 an i get really depressed about my learning disability and fusrated plz help!!!!

    • Hey Liyah,
      Your friend is not your friend. To me it sounds like people that I had classes with in High School. It also seems like she is just doesn’t like to do the work, that they are jealous because your test is a little lighter. As for your test being shorter not fair part, you tell your “friend” and who ever else has said this, that its not fair that you have a learning disability and can’t learn the say way that they do. You tell them that it’s that fair that you try so hard to do your work but you can understand it. You do not need to go to a pervious grade. You need help, not just help from your school but from your parents, and also others. Try this it works for me. Get some note cards and writing down what you learned that day. Then everyday take an hour or two out of your free time and read and study them. If that doesn’t work try a different method until you find one that works for you. Hey I know what you are going through and talking about because I to have a learning disability as well had an IEP. Heck I still have one and I am a 22 year old senor college student. Let me tell you, you are not slow, you just take longer doing test, learning and comprehending things, have to study twice as hard as others, and so forth. As for you grades, heck yours maybe higher than your friend grades. I know when I finished high school my class grade rank was in the top 20, I was number 13, with a 3.0 GPA, I was higher than majority of the people who said it wasn’t fair. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad for something that you have no control over and make you depressed or frustrated because of it, or tell you how unfair it is that you get a shorter test. Only people who have learning disabilities, like we do, know what we go through. Not our teachers, friends, or family. Keep your head up and study hard. I know you can do it. Then you will be like me, in your 20s getting ready to graduate from college with a BS or BA. Or hey you might want to go to trade school. Whatever you plan to do you will be the best at it.

    • laureli as in lorelei says:

      ya if she said that she is a jerk friends support each other when they say its not fair the test is lighter for you should tell them unless they know how it feels to have a learning disorder they have no right to judge you.

  11. paulette giesbrecht says:

    My daughter has all the above symptoms. I have home schooled her now up to grade 8. I saw all these issues but had a spouse tell me it was genetic. What a sad state. He was all ego and not logical. He could not accept her as a person. He wanted her to fit his image.
    Now I can truly see what has transpired. I will help her thru spec ed and God knows it will be a journey but I walk it with her. I know her better than anyone. I see her soul. It’s beautiful.
    She however has amazing abilities with God. Very spiritually inclined. This is the side of her wisdom. She will prevail because of what God intends. I am her guide but she is in God’s hands. I love her dearly. She will be a great woman one day. Spec ed is not a disease, societal demands however is. Peer pressure is the greatest crippling tool in the world. To everyone on this site, you will over come. You are looking to learn but need a mentor to accept you. Please do not rate yourself against an institution. Find yourself. Be yourself. Put your roots deep into the universal laws of self awareness. You are very intuitive. That is what no one has probably told you. Very brilliant with humanity. Blessings

    • Ms. Claborn says:

      Hello Paulette,
      It’s wonderful that your daughter has a great mother like you. You’re accepting and love her unconditionally. Some people are in denial because they’re afraid of accepting the truth. I know it was a lot of work home schooling her until 8th grade. I commend you! I’m happy that you seeked professional help. Your daughter will do great things in life. Your words has touched me. I was just reading comments and I came across yours. If only more people were as compassionate and understanding as you. The world would be such a better place. Everyone struggles with something. With faith in God any obstacle is possible to overcome. You should be a mentor. God bless you and your daughter. I’m majoring in Human Services. I’m going in the Social Work field. I want to impact as many lives as possible.

    • Thank you so much! I needed that ????❤

    • laureli as in lorelei says:

      god bless you who know how many of these teens and adults needed that.

  12. stacy river says:

    Hello im 25 since I was a child I wanted to be a nurse when I graduate I study medical assistant but I fail in that I never gave up and i tried to pursue my dream achieve every goal but it seems I keep failing at them I cant keep a job or last long becuse I have trouble in retaining information focus or remembering things and im giving up on my self I dont know how to be that strong motivated girl

    • Wow you sound just like me! Im a visual learner and hands on. I’m also trying to get my RN thankfully I am now a LPN ounce a cna. Have trouble remembering things but I know what I want and won’t give up. Try davinci-laboratories-behavior-balance-dmg-liquid and download memory apps and just do some memory exercise. You’ll become a nurse one day. I’m notsure where you reside but schools in Alabama and fl has less requirements.

  13. Zona MacIntyre says:

    My daughter has many of the above symptoms and just finished her first semester of college with a 2.17 gpa. She has indicated that college is too hard for her and that she feels stupid. She says she tries hard and studies but still has trouble passing tests, focusing, retaining information that she has learned, and basically reading comprehension. She wants help, but I’m not sure what to do for her. Do colleges have resource centers that can test for learning disabilities and help students? I looked online at the college she was attending and didn’t find anything, but maybe I’m not looking for the right thing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  14. Jamie Thomas says:

    I am a school counselor and there is a student at our school that cannot read. He has been tested in the past and has an IEP saying that he is a non-reader. He is 18 years old but hasn’t been diagnosed with a specific disability. He tries so hard but its like something isnt’ connecting for him to read. He’s said he’s had many teachers and people try to help but he just cannot get it. He will be graduating in the summer and he’s freaking out about what he’s going to be able do because of his not being able to read. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to what to do? Please help. Thank you.

    • Hi Jamie .Yes I do ! I couldn’t read at all infact I was at a point were I made up the stories in the book bud dumb me was so innocent did not think other kids or my teacher new it lol had to read it aloud in class any way was a disaster got detention 2. learned later I had dyslexia got bad marks on my hands because the teacher couldn’t make out what I was writing in my books lol. bud I have taught myself how to read by asking my MOM what stands on the billboards and every day I would read them and spell each letter I would have my alphabet with me to just to memorise every sound as I spell and how the word sound to . took me 3 years to do that 🙂 and here I am writing and sharing this idea to you maybe my way could help him.and by the way having a picture with the word can help to. like boat have a boat next to it .its almost like a blind person needing to feel he`s way around he`s house. I hope it will help. I am 33 years now I was 10 at the time when I thought myself to read.

  15. Zachery Walter says:

    Can someone please tell me whats wrong with me I don’t no my doctors can’t figure it out nobody can figure it out I want to do school work but for some reason I can’t make myself do it and I get farther behind and teachers would Call me names and please I’m 13 years old and I can’t figure out what’s wrong with me

  16. I’m 47 and as of today I have yet completed my GED….I have difficulty
    concentrating….comprehension, math, articulating, anxiety presenting a simple presentation. By not completing my GED I have this huge load weighing on my shoulders. I want to advance and go to college. Just wish my parents were more involved (Hispanic culture) they thought I was lazy and shouldn’t have this issue….For instance by dad was upset and didn’t understood why I was failing English, his response was >> what you can’t speak English <<<
    It was tough for me growing up…kids picking on me and as today I'm trying four times harder . I'll practice on one word and say it out loud over over till I was able to articulate the word perfectly… crazy huh. Example: decondsation… easy right. Not for me. I need help… is there a program or something for me.

  17. Hi my name is bobby, and I have a learning disability, everyday I wake up get on my knees and pray about my situation I just want to be a normal kid who can learn at a normal level just like every other normal student in my class my faith wasn’t always strong in god but everyday I pray, pray and pray I never stop praying cause I know god will reward me at the end I’m crying out loud wanting professional help from someone I don’t want to keep being like this for the rest of my life I want god to move on my behave harder I cry cause I just want to be a normal human being I’m tired of going through motions I want to be able to breath fresh air I want to be free from this disease, the devil has brought up on use I always dreamed of being a farmer, cooker, producer of movie and make my own music how I’m gone do that with this disability I’m diagnose with I don’t catch on fast as others I don’t comprehend well I don’t want to go out there and mess up and cost someone their life because I didn’t listen I can’t communicate the proper way with another individual i don’t make good friends I’m horrible when it comes down to having a girlfriend I have ppl who makes fun of me well you know what I’m a eagle who fly high with his wing spread wide you guys are chicken who’s talking a bunch of gibberish if whoever reads this plz take it to heart just let resonate thanks for your time

    • Hi Bobby, I can tell from your writing and the things you have to say that you are very smart! You just need to slow down and express yourself and try all the things you dream of doing. You don’t have a disease. You just have a lot running through your mind. You are probably better at a lot of things than a lot of other people are. But you need to treat yourself kindly, take your time and remember that you are valuable. And keep reading! Its very important and can help you stay focussed and calm. Remember, it’s muscle so if you don’t use it you lose it.

  18. My 10 year-old grandson is exceptionally bright and wonderful in math. He can read but cannot spell. When my daughter got to talking to him about failing his spelling test she came to realize that he see’s words differently. He see’s the first and the last letters in the correct order but the letters in the middle are jumble. So reading isn’t a problem because he “knows” what the words are. My daughter and I don’t know what this is. My daughter has tried working with his teacher but she really is not a nice person and continually ridicules my grandson.My daughter has gone to the principal (who didn’t have the time to meet with her) and the vice-principal who said, it would just take too long to test him. I know that it is mandated by law to have these children tested with in 10-days. How do I get them to do their job so we can help my grandson?

    • A Loving Mom says:

      Diane, I understand what you are feeling. My daughter struggled with school. She had special help for reading and math when she was in elementary school. In 6th and 7th grade she was tutored by a woman who happened to be a special ed teacher when she wasn’t tutoring. She told me she felt my daughter should be tested. It was hard for me to accept at first. I was afraid my daughter would be labeled. But when I went to the school and told them she should be tested, I was told by her guidance counselor that she just needed to work harder. I figured they were the experts and should know. The next year my daughter continued to struggle and again I asked that she be tested and again, I was told she needed to work harder. I knew that she was giving up on her work and her grades were showing that. What I didn’t know was that she was giving up because she was having so much problems learning. In high school, she was doing worse. I called a meeting of her teachers and the school psychologist. By this time she was failing most of her classes. The psychologist told me she didn’t need testing, she just needed to work harder. By this time her self-esteem was shot. She stopped going to class and she became oppositional. Fed up and frustrated, I took her on my own to be tested. She was diagnosed with memory disability, math disability and ADHD. Since I was paying for the test I was afraid that they were giving me a diagnosis I was looking for. I took her to a second psychologist for testing and again she was diagnosed with disabilities. I called another meeting with the school and an IEP was created for her. However, at this time, she had given up on herself and wasn’t going to classes. Her road has been long with many ups and downs. She’s trying to get through college, but it’s a huge struggle for her. I cry and pray for her all the time and try to find answers that will help her…some way to find out how to help learn with less stress. She’s had many ups and downs. Insist that your grandson be tested by the school. Don’t take NO for an answer. The earlier he can get help, the better for him. It will be a struggle, but with you and his mom on his side, he’ll have a much better chance of getting through this. Good luck!

  19. Yolanda Martinez says:

    I have a daughter that is36 years old has been in and out of trouble for years has a learning disabilities right now they have her in a mental hospital by court order because they want to send her to prison because she took her cell phone into her cell I’ve asked for help over and over but nobody would help my question is can they do that I know my daughter won’t service.

  20. Colin Brietzke says:

    I appreciate this work is too good.According to me it has becoming profession which are learning by most peoples.Disability child’s should need proper care.It is great help if we learn totally about it.By good treatment we can give them better care.Thanks for sharing.

  21. Xavier Anderson says:

    I’m 14 and I don’t really have problems with writing and reading in general but I have a hard time solving problems and solving situation’s or answering questions and communicating I can’t speak a full sentence without stuttering or messing up a word and sometimes I can’t take I get fusterated and want to now why I can’t be like my siblings. Whenever I talk and they don’t understand. They’ll just nod their heads even though nothing of what I said has nothing to do with nodding their head yes or no and sometimes I lie in bed wondering why out of all my siblings why can’t I talk like a normal kid

  22. S. Miller says:

    My son just completed testing for any learning disabilities he might have. After meeting with the doctor, I’m still confused. My son testing at a two grade higher level on most everything yet the doctor says he has a mild learning disability with letters. He is going into the 4th grade. His reading level is a 6th grade level. The doctor explained that they had him do a connect the dot test with letters and he scored low. Both of his teachers says he has trouble staying focused in class. However the doctor seen no issues with this. It’s not dyslexia. So what would you call it. I want to find some apps to help him but I really don’t even know what to look for when all I have been told is a letter disability. Any advice??

  23. My name is cassandra and i have a 2 year old that throws a fit like a demon lol since she has been able to learn how to walk she sits and rocks um if she cant get her way or she gets deciplined she will scream bloody murder she will bite herself pull her hair throw herself on the floor beat her head on the floor with her four head and beats her head on the walls or doors she did it so hard last month she gave herself a goose eeg on the back of her head im so afraid she is going to bust her head open one day or damage her scull or brain could you plz let me knw wut this could be plz she also was born to early she was in the hospital for a month in a half sedated her lungs were filled with amniotic fluid so we really dont knw wut could be going on with her and we dont knw wut else to do with her plz help

  24. I’m in 10th grade and I’ve been struggling with school this year. I was always a straight A student but now I’m constantly lost I never finish tests and I’m staying up till 2 every night. My mom told me yesterday that she is taking me to get tested for a learning disability. I’m relieved because this could help me but I feel dumb and scared. What does the testing make me do?

  25. Hi I’m 16 years old and think I have a learning disability. I don’t do very well in school and its harder for me to pay attention and understand what the teacher is teaching. I’m already a Junior in high school and I don’t know what to do to get the help I need. I know I’m smart but no matter what I do my grades don’t go up enough. I feel horrible and I cry more than I should. I try to be happy but how could I when I feel so stupid? I feel like I’m the only failure in my classes and after all these years I finally broke. I haven’t cried so much for maybe 10 years. I don’t know what to do. Where can I find help?

    • laureli as in lorelei says:

      tell the closest loved one you have if u r like an old friend from my neighborhood she lost her parents so maybe a brother or sister.

      PS. her name was savannah to
      i’m 15 and i am home schooled but because i’m ADHD i’m a freshmen doing 8th grade grammar and math but it will never stop me even when i get the same way so stressed from trying to learn and get good grades on things i shut/break down thats normal we all do find a way to relieve your stress and be you GOD BLESS YOU

  26. My name is Taylor. I am 16 and I have been on every medication you can think of for ADHD and sleeping…i got diagnosed with a mood dis order,,,but idk what to think…I believe that something is really wrong….i am in a 7th grade math class,,,,I can’t learn…I cant remember anything! Idk what to do…I am trying to look into it but i dont want my mom to know..

    • laureli as in lorelei says:

      i knew i was ADHD before my mom but i found out its better when telling,people can help even friends especially friends you will feel a heck of a lot better and it motivated me to work harder!

  27. I have a learning disability they found out when I was 8 year olds
    From then I was in modified classes as in I was like doing first
    Grade work now I have a two year old and from day to day I wonder if I’m
    Doing it right and social security is trying to say I’m not I have to
    Help thru out the day cause I’m not sure what to do I forget a lot of
    Things I have a hard time remembering what I’m told to do and when
    Appointments is and take my medicine and bruse my teeth and go to
    Bed and even with this letter I had my boyfriend write it.

  28. Hey, I’m Nick. I’m currently 18 and I was diagnosed with ADHD-PI when I was 12 and subsequently diagnosed with a LD when I was 15. I wasn’t told what LD I have exactly, but I suspect I either have dyslexia, dyscalculia, or both. I’ve ruled out APD, NVLD, and etcetera.

    I started kindergarten at the age of 4 (I was born prematurely which is why I started early) being unable to read or perform basic arithmetic. I struggled with both until I was put into reading recovery in grade 2, which helped me immensely. Although, my issues with math was never addressed.

    I have major difficulties with my ADHD. I’m a visual and kinesthetic learner. Anytime something is presented orally for more than 5 minutes I zone out, unless I find it interesting.

    I’ve struggled with school my entire life and now I’m failing my math class. I honestly don’t know why I even bother going anymore. Like everything else it seems pointless.

    Lastly, I used to dream of being a psychologist, which I was inspired by Carl Jung. But this also seems pointless. If I’m not smart enough to be able to do good at school, how am I supposed to do good at university?

    • laureli as in lorelei says:

      hey i’m 15 and i’m ADHD and dyslexia i’m a home schooled freshmen doing 8th grade grammar and math i feel like any anyone with dyslexia has trouble with math and just because its hard to learn does NOT mean its impossible i have dreams if i could do any thing it would be these

      photography/a no kill animal shelter/artist-paint/zoologist and in the future one of these will not be a dream it will be a reality because there are a lot of people like us who are so successful who pushed themselves because they knew that their are only limits if you place them i’m not going to limit myself,the real question is are you going to limit yourself?

  29. I have a learning disability since I was little I always been in ESE classes for the whole k-12.I was a good girl in school I never got in trouble in my whole life I get awards when I was in school. I have like a lot of awards when I was little. No body doesn’t know it that I have it cause they see me as a regular girl. I’m shy and quite I don’t talk that much I just stay to myself. When I was in school I wanted to be a nurse when I graduated from high school and get my CNA but when I took my CNA test I FAILED yeah I was hurt and sad that everyone in my class had pass the test except two other people didn’t pass it me and this other class mate. But I took it again then FAILED again. I have jobs like working in a nursing home , and daycare cause I love kids and I couldn’t do the other jobs like standing behind the cashier counting money cause I don’t know how to count money and I’m on a 3rd grade level to. I graduated with a special diploma. Sometimes I feel bad about my learning disability I cry sometimes I dont have no one to talk to. I don’t have my driver license and that really upset me very much when someone ask if you have your driver license yet. And then I get upset and mad like it irritate me when someone ask if you have your driver license yet. I just got some help last year and I get a check every month I have high blood pressure too.
    I don’t understand when I go to the doctor office when they ask me questions my mom have to go with me cause I don’t know what question to ask or how to explain it very well. I don’t know how to make a appointments I don’t know how to fill out the form all that stuff my mom does it but I help her out too… I don’t have any friends that I hang with but I only have one friend that I talk to time for time that’s the only friend that I have.
    I know that I’m not alone and my mom tells me other people in world got the same thing you got. But one day I want to get married and have kids One Day and be that Happy Mother & Wife cause I know some girls or guys have a learning disability and they have kids right? I’m 23 years old bout to be 24 next month. I’m trying to cry when I was writing this. But I hope one day God will tell me it’s going to be alright and have a great Future in life.

  30. Breeanna says:

    Although I’ve been dealing with this my whole life I’ve never been diagnosed, now in college my learning disability is severely affecting me. It take me beyond longer to learn most things and I can not retain it for a long period of time (like math or English I could forget something within a week making these my two worst subjects). I’m a registered nursing major trying to take anatomy and it’s really affecting me, not the only class it does… my family members (about 3) deal with this severely bysides me and haven’t finished high school or got a GED many many years later. I study so hard and I achieve the passing grade barely… I try many different study tips and tutoring and I should be getting better grades for the work I put in, it affects anything almost. Even when I took my permit I took it three time because I can’t understand simple things for some reason, if any advice please help me

    • LDA of America says:

      I would first suggest that you talk to someone in the disability office at your college about what they would suggest. Your college probably can suggest support that is offered at your college for all students that does not require a diagnosis. If you need more support than that, you will need an evaluation by a licensed professional. I would try vocational rehabilitation in your area first, because they will provide an evaluation for you free of charge. However, I would recommend that you request a complete evaluation from them rather than a screening. If that does not work, the disability office will probably have recommendations of professionals in your area who do private assessments. Good luck to you in finding some answers.

  31. Ellen Cooper says:

    I have a few questions I need answers to. I have four children of my own, two adults and two teenagers. And two step children, one is ten the other is six. We have had custody of them going on three years now. I noticed with the ten year old a few learning disabilities, spoke with my husband about having the child tested. He spoke with the school, we were told the child was tested but never received any paperwork before or after. I am seeing the same thing in the six year old, and more. My husband refused to have this one tested, and that makes me feel like he didn’t do it for his ten year old. I don’t have any rights to his children because I am a step parent not a biological parent. What can I do so that I can get the school to test them? I just want for them to be able to learn at a pace that best suits them. Instead of the brake downs and crying and repeating the same grade. Thank you.

    • LDA of America says:

      The school cannot test a child without the permission of the custodial parent. Maybe someone at the school can convince your husband that testing his child and providing needed support could make a difference between completing school and dropping out due to being discouraged with poor performance and repeated grades. Maybe it would alos be helpful for your husband to better understand what learning disabilities are. He could learn that from LDA’s website. It might be especially helpful for him to view some of the success videos for on LDA’s youtube page:

  32. I’am 43 years old, and been having difficulties with comprehension and retaining what i’ve learned for most of my life. I have trouble repeating simple actions preformed in front of me, it’s hard to grasp, you can show me over and over I’ll still struggle to comprehend. I always been embarrassed, and thus have no job, because I don’t want to be made fun of.

    • LDA of America says:

      I would recommend that you consult vocational rehabilitation services in your area. They can help to diagnose any possible disability that you may have and can suggest jobs that would focus more on your strengths.

  33. Anny Blanco says:

    I have an adult student with learning disabilities and I do appreciate these posts as they enlighten me on the fact. I used to not know why was he saying he did homework when he did not as he is a lead project manager so he is supposed to be a responsible, honest and intelligent adult. He also has problems following instructions and I did not know this could happen for just one subject. He follows his clients instructions to the letter though with English, he won’t understand or follow directions, he won’t understand basic concepts and now I understand that I have to be patient. It has worked. He has learned slowly, but he has learned.

    • LDA of America says:

      My question to you would be, does he really not do the homework or does he do it and forget to turn it in? I have several students that totally forget to turn in completed work. If he has problems following instructions in just one subject, it may be that the instructions are being presented in a different way in that class than in other classes. You might compare the way instructions are presented by his clients with those that he is not able to follow to see if the problem lies in the method of presentation. I hope this is the type of reply that you were expecting. If you have other questions, do not hesitate to ask.

  34. Indraja says:

    I am 19 . up to 10 th class I don’t know what I read . I wrote my exams and get good marks idont know how but I think it is because of spoon feeding
    I read my books with loudness. In this process I do not understand what iam read but I can remember well . in inter also I do spoonfeeding and wrote exams . if I read a question I don’t leave at least or ,the also now I am in professional course but here I face many problems. Even what proffesors lectures also I do not understand if I read a textbook for reading half page take 1:30 hr and more I don’t know how to read a lesson and how to learn concepts and way of remembering something is there any problem in my mind how can I improve if I start reading a lesson I spent most of time with how to read how to read is there any possibility for improvement in my studies

    • LDA of America says:

      It sounds like you are having difficulty with reading. My recommendation would be that you try audiotexts. The disability services at your colleges should be help you with accessing audiotexts or you could contact Learning Ally. You may also check into local literacy programs that may be able to provide classes or a tutor to help with your reading. Enter your zip code at this website to find programs in your area: If you would like to explore phone apps, for iPhones, there’s an app called Prizmo – costs $9.99. It allows you to take a picture of any text, anywhere, then hit “play” and it reads the text out loud to you. For Androids, there is the same app for the same price that does the same thing, but it is called Voice Dream Check them out at and

  35. A worried teen says:

    Im 12 and i get quizzed every night but when i go to school i forget it and fail all my test. I know i know all the information but when i take test or quizzes i bank out. Is that normal??!!??

    • LDA of America says:

      What you describe is common for many students and you may be able to figure out how to improve your memory and test-taking. One option may be to take an online self-assessment to determine your dominant learning style: visual (learn by seeing), auditory (learn by hearing), or kinesthetic (learn by doing). There are several free online assessments that are usually multiple choice style (usually 20 questions) and will provide accurate feedback: google search “learning style inventory.” That self-awareness may help you improve your study skills. For example, If you are highly visual and kinesthetic, when you study, you could reread notes as you recopy them. During a test or assignment, you may be able to picture the page of notes, almost reading them in your mind, or you can rewrite them on scratch paper to remind yourself of the information. Another option is that in addition, you may want to have a conversation with your parents, teachers and/or the counselor at your school. Getting an assessment for learning or attention issues may be appropriate. An assessment can tell you and your teachers what works for you and what doesn’t, and can guide you and your teachers in developing appropriate study and test strategies.

  36. I am 34 years old and have a learning disabilty, I got my high school diploma and graduated from cosmetology school. I work in a salon now and am having problems catching on which my employer has taken me of the salon floor because in messing up haircut. I worked so hard to get where I am now, and feel like a big loser compared to the other employees. I don’t know what to do, I learn better hands on, and can’t learn when I have to learn from more then one person. Don’t know if I should tell my employer or not!

    • LDA of America says:

      It’s your decision whether or not to disclose your learning disability to your employer, but it sounds like things will not improve much at that salon unless you do. You are legally entitled to request acccommodations in the workplace, so if you disclose your disability, you have the right to ask for accommodations that will help with both your learning and job performance. It is advisable to know what accommodations would help you to perform your job better before you disclose your disability. If you are unsure about accommodations and disclosing, there is more information at Also, you might want to contact an accommodations expert at JAN is a free online/phone service where you can speak with a job accommodations expert about what accommodations might help you the most based on your disability and your individual strengths and challenges.

  37. Hi,
    I’ll be 19 years old this year, and I have issues with understanding what I read most times especially maths. Whenever I open my maths textbook, I just get weak immediately because I don’t understand anything on it
    When my friends talk about maths questions, I always ask them if what they are saying is really in maths. Lately, I forget things especially my chores and errands. My aunty is always mad at me saying I’m not responsible at my age. Whenever I read a little I tend to fall asleep, so I don’t know if I’m not intelligent or if it’s just nature. I’m really sad and I need your help and reply too. Thanks.

    • LDA of America says:

      It may be that your difficulties are due to an undiagnosed learning disability. Falling asleep while reading is not a sign of low intelligence, but it may be happening because reading is difficult and it’s hard to stay focused, so you fall asleep. You may want to contact your local Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office, which is an agency that helps people with disabilities get jobs. If they accept you as a client, they can do evaluations to help determine what kind of disability you may have and what kind of job would be a good match for you. They can even sometimes help with college tuition or job training expenses, so they’re worth checking out. There’s more information about that agency at If your local VR office does not accept you as a client, you may want to explore other options for evaluations. There is more information about that at

  38. Hello,
    I am looking for resources on how to help my 15 year old niece and her mother. We have all known that my niece has some form or another of LD, but her mother refuses to accept it every time we brought it up.. now, as my niece enters High School, she struggles with bullies, making friends and struggles with school work. My aunt has moved her schools practically every other year because of these issues trying to find the school where her daughter can belong and, in her eyes “be normal”. It kills me because I have no idea what to say to my niece and we are very close but lately I feel her drifting. She seems more distant and sad. I was wondering if there are any tips on how to start a conversation with mom or even my niece so they could get help and start understanding each other?

    • LDA of America says:

      Accepting a learning disability can be very difficult for families. It is wonderful to have a family member who cares deeply, as you do, for your niece and her mother. It is important that your niece try to find an appropriate educational environment in which she can belong and thrive. Building social relationships is so important to adolescents and the more she moves from school to school, the harder it is to make relationships and to learn. Connecting them with a placement specialist is ideal; if one is not an option, find a private school that specializes in learning disabilities in your area and use them as a resource to find out more about all of the educational options in your area that could best support your niece. Neuropsychologists are also great resources for this purpose. I encourage you to find someone they trust to talk with them about your niece’s needs. Is there a psychologist they have worked with in the past who perhaps diagnosed her with LD? Is there a social worker at school that the family likes?
      If there is one need in which the family is seeking help with, start with a discussion about that need. For example, you might begin by asking the mother to tell you more about the bullying or challenges the niece is having making friends. By starting with a concern that the family has already identified, it opens doors for more discussions that will get to the root (i.e. Learning Disability) of the issues. It’s so important to begin the discussion with a topic/issue that they identify as important first. Find some articles that specialize in the area of need they identify and send them to them. Follow up with questions about the article to get the discussion started. Once the conversations get started and families seek some assistance, students with learning disabilities are usually very relieved to have finally found what they need to become confident, successful adults.


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