Learning Disability Information

A learning disability is a cognitive defict in your ability to input, store, process or output study information.

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Students with Learning Disabilities

As many as 10% of college students could have a mild learning disability. And most are unaware of it.

Milld learning disabilities can easily be masked by smarter students through coping strategies early in college life. But as they progress higher, course demands become more until they are unable to keep up. They hit a wall. This is the promising student who suddenly flunks out.

Could a learning disability be holding you back as a student?

Learning Disabilities Types

There are many learning disability types which would be too overwhelming to cover here. Let's just look at the most common learning disabilities you could have and be unaware of:

  • Attention deficit disorder. Very common today. What you may not know is that there are two types. ADHD hyperactivity disorder which is quite obvious - unable to sit still, always on the go with many tasks and poor completion. ADD without hyperactivity is more the daydreamer. Both types are unable to concentrate making their grades suffer. And the treatment for both is identical.
  • Reading disorder. This is the most common learning disability making up about 80% of Learning Disabilities.
  • Math Disability. Math disability is a learning disability which affects a person's ability to understand, manipulate or conceptualize numbers. It's present in about 5% of the general population.

Learning Disability Testing

A good place to start testing for a learning disability is through online self-inventory questionairres. If you find yourself ticking "yes" to most of the criteria for a condition or saying to yourself "Wow this sounds like me" you should pursue formal learning disability testing.

Learning disability testing is performed through a psychologist via a series of standardized tests and observations. On conclusion of testing, your psychologist can provide coping strategies for some deficits, or refer you to a psychiatrist for medication trial for others.

The cost of learning disability testing is usually covered at least partially on most medical insurance plans. The future time and effort saved, and personal insight provided can make disability testing a wise investment.

Book on Learning with Learning Disabilities

This is a great book on succeeding through college with a learning disability using nonmedicinal coping strategies. Two guys with learning disabilities that successfully made it to, and through, Ivy League colleges share their secrets. Great read.

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Article Last Updated: August 31 2014
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