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Re: spinning wheel
Posted by Scott Crouse on 12/11/2007, 4:33 pm, in reply to "spinning wheel
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to accurately diagnose a learning disability in an adult. There are 2 main factors to be determined in diagnosing a learning disability. First, you need to document an information processing issue (something about the way your brain processes various types of information) which may interfere with your ability to learn. Next, you need to establish that the information processing issue has resulted in severe underachievement. While the first part of this can be established at virtually any age (through formal cognitive assessment, the online CPI rating scale provided on this web site, etc.), for an adult, the underachievement portion of LD criteria can only be viewed in hindsight and most likely cannot be objectively measured to determine its real significance. At this point it probably isnít practical for you to seek a formal diagnosis, nor is it really necessary. But in any case, the fact that you are now recognizing your own learning difficulties puts you in a very good position to be understanding and supportive to your own children. Rather than focusing on your own struggles and whether or not you may have a learning disability, use your experiences and understanding to help your children to better cope with their difficulties. You must have developed some valuable coping strategies and means of compensation that may also work well for them. And donít be afraid to share your own struggles with school staff. It may help them to better understand the needs of your children. Good luck!