Individuals with Learning Disabilities are often considered to be slow, but as explained in the previous posting this is not at all the case. To further exemplify this, I am sharing two personal experiences which occurred when I was a 12 year old 7th grader. The first one embodies the misconception while the second dispels it.
– One day my classmates and I had to read for the principal. I ran into difficulty with a simple word and as a result, he had me point to my head and provide the abbreviation for mountain. Though the letters ‘MT’ are innocuous, their sounds are not for they produce the word empty.
– On the other side of the coin, I once responded to a question that stumped the entire class. Due to the astonishment this created, I remember the answer to this day – more than 60 years later. Incidentally, I was in a regular not a special education class.
The next posting will address the sometimes difficult task of having your child’s learning problems diagnosed.