Where does every learning disabled person begin?
So, you have a learning disability. What now?
Do not see the situation as an end, because knowing your learning disability is only the beginning. Here are sure ways to help you start working on yourself and your disability. Remember that having a learning disability does not make you less of a person, or of lesser intelligence. You just have to deal with learning in a different way.
Acknowledge your disability
You might still be in disbelief if you indeed have a learning disability. With this, you must do things and observe matters in order to verify the situation. Look for symptoms you may currently be having, or some areas that raised a red flag you need to notice.
As you find the truth, you might get embarrassed and confused in the process. You feel like being a learning disabled person makes you very difficult and different than others. Actually, this is not the case. Learning disability does not imply that you have a lower IQ than others, or that you are difficult. It’s just that with learning disabilities, it requires the diagnosed to need extra support in some areas and learn differently from others. Having a learning disability is no longer new with today’s society. Once you begin to recognize your learning disability, acceptance comes next. Thus, dealing with it will be in an open – minded manner.
Know more about your disability
What were your symptoms? Which areas do you find it hard to focus or learn? In what areas of your daily life are you most affected? Ask yourself questions as you acquaint with learning disability. This can also be another way to assess the help you will need or the adjustments you have to take as you put your learning disability into consideration.
See a specialist
Do not self – diagnose, unless you are professional enough to do so. It is not enough to suspect whether or not you have a learning disability, you need to have this confirmed. Schedule an appointment with a specialist on this matter and confirm. This is best to navigate the disability and learn how to cope with it. Learning disabilities are not curable, but they can be dealt differently with proper help and support. Specialists on this matter know what to do and can give you guidance.
Be positive about it
Remember, you are not the only one diagnosed with learning disabilities. Even the most famous people known for their dedication and hard work for their craft had learning disabilities, like Walt Disney. Anyway, learning has always been different for everyone. The method one uses may not be applicable to the other person. Think of having learning disability in this manner, it does not work the same for everyone and it is perfectly fine. It is okay. You are okay.
Avoid negative judgment and stigma
As you discover more about your learning disability, you will come to accept and live with it. Your kind of normal might not be the case with others, and since there can be a misinformation about disabilities, you may hear negative judgment and stigma about it. Educate others when you can and correct their misconception with facts and data, such as emphasizing that learning disabilities are about having neurological impairments an individual has no control over. Self – love and respect also helps greatly as you live with learning disability.
Embrace the current you
Yes, you may have a learning disability, but you are still you. Embrace all of you, flaws and all. Accepting yourself means accepting the fact that you can be different from others but being different is not as bad as you think it is. People cope differently, function differently, so what’s the fuss? You may have disability, but it should not block you from being the amazing person that you are.
Now, having known that you have a learning disability, and living with it can be a challenge and an uncomfortable change. This is where support comes in handy. The support from your specialist and doctor can help you understand your condition and know how to go best about it. The support from family and friends will help you boost your confidence, root you back to your usual self in case there are times that the disability is getting the best of you and your core is shaken. There are also other forms of support you can seek, such as admitting or visiting a care home which specifically tailors their services to the needs and disabilities of their residents. A care home can be very helpful because knowing you have a disability is one way of accepting it, but living with disability and thinking of it as you move and live your daily life is a different matter.
Begin with the truth. Begin in knowing what is and what isn’t. You may not like all the answers to your questions, but they are answers you need in order to live by. When you are ready, learn to accept the disability and use it to your advantage!