Learning Disabilities That Affect People's Schooling

Learning Disabilities That Affect People's Schooling

If you don't know most of these or want to make the best of a learning disability, here's this article

If you don't know what a learning disability is, it's a different approach for your mind that makes it difficult to obtain certain ounces of knowledge. Some have it tougher than others while several cases get the chances of having the easy way out. While the professionals mainly focus on the reading, writing and math aspect of the disability, there is more to look at when seeing someone with something like this. These items include motor skills, spoken language, knowing different sounds and visual information.

Some people say it's a true struggle having a disability, and other says it's the best part of who they are. Here are some negative and positive perspective of three common learning disabilities:


These students hate the fact they can't read the same words correctly when shown something off of a friend's social media page, but love the fact they can [potentially] get away with not reading the class textbook. Sometimes the way letters are interpreted in their minds is like the alphabet trying to play tricks on them. Lower case I's can look like lower case L's, O's can look like uppercase D's and so on. Overall friends share every thing with each other, even if it means reading a text message out loud about the person they've been gossiping about for days. They can easily understand how your ability of reading can be difficult because half the time they don't even want to pick up a book. So the feeling of the written word in a book sounds pretty mutual.


For those who hate math, these people probably hate it more than life itself. They can't even look at a math problem without figuring out what number should be equal to what equation. In other words, math problems are their worst nightmare. Even people who like math and try to do it with this disability can be one step down to your success in education. However, not everyone was born with the math gene and tutors were invented for a reason. Time and money are two other things they cannot handle, but that's the part of life everyone can relate to. No one can really know how to keep the money for long periods of time and time itself is very hard to keep up with; it seems to be going faster than us and it needs to stop!


There are some whose handwriting appears as chicken scratch and are actually good at writing stories and papers themselves. Others have the neatest handwriting in the world and have all the writer's block. People with this disability have a hard time putting the written word on a piece of paper. Spelling words out and trying to plan essays are two items they can't do alone, and they say people who procrastinate have this problem because they don't want to write essays because it's not what they signed up for. Those who love to write can hate the fact writer's block hits them all the time thanks to this and it can tare apart a passion they have for it; unless they have a friend who loves it too and can help put the written word on paper. That's where everything will be okay.


Most of us have the capability to walk on our own two feet and only stumble a few times. We can even use our arms and hands to catch a ball or carry in groceries. People who can't do these things very well have this disability; this is one of the few that actually put a physical handicap on themselves in terms of having an incapability to move. In terms of help, they get the help to get their balance and strength back in the arms and legs again unless you were paralyzed in a certain spot of the body down. Either way people with this still get an acceptance level like every other person on this planet, but then again, it could go by their personality since only their movement is a major factor, not who they are on the inside.


This disability doesn't have you translate what one phrase means in Spanish, French, or even Chinese. These people have no idea how to pronounce anything in the English language, or even read it for that matter. We should be lucky we know the vocabulary we do and only misspell words that are out of context in some sentences. We can help these people if they ask us for it; all we have to do is tell them what that word is and both you and that person would feel better about the day.

Auditory and Visual Processing Disorder

Believe it or not, some people joke about a horse saying "quack," after saying the cow says "moo." Although people with auditory processing disorder actually believe it's what they're supposed to say. Or it takes them a while to process what each letter it sounded out like or even take them a minute to process the animal noise itself. We can easily tell them it's not what that sound is for the horse and actually tell them it says "nay!" Even helping them sound it out so they can understand the sound of it would be a factor in all this. Afterwards, you can all sing Old McDonald!

You know the feeling when you watch people lost their glasses or can't wear their contacts one day so everything is blurry? Well, with visual processing disorder they can see, but can't tell what certain objects are. Helping them tell the difference from the Statue of Liberty from the Eiffel Tower can really make a difference.


Most of us have a perfect attention span and only get distracted for a brief second. Those things maybe a person behind you in class being distracted by themselves. This disability is capable of losing track of EVERYTHING and ANYTHING in less than five seconds, or every five seconds if the case is very severe. The only way to get through the day is to go along with the day-to-day distractions and see if you can be fun with them; especially if the distraction is so funny you can NOT hold in your laughter anymore

With any learning disability all you can really do is know the negatives but truly try to focus on how to make everything about it positive.

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Yes, I Had A Stroke And I'm Only 20

Sometimes bad things happen to good people.

Recently, I read an article on Cosmo that was written by a woman that had a stroke at the ripe old age of 23. For those of you who don't know, that really doesn't happen. Young people don't have strokes. Some do, but it's so incredibly uncommon that it rarely crosses most people's minds. Her piece was really moving, and I related a lot -- because I had a stroke at 20.

It started as a simple headache. I didn't think much of it because I get headaches pretty often. At the time, I worked for my parents, and I texted my mom to tell her that I'd be late to work because of the pain. I had never experienced a headache like that, but I figured it still wasn't something to worry about. I went about my normal routine, and it steadily got worse. It got to the point that I literally threw up from the pain. My mom told me to take some Tylenol, but I couldn't get to our kitchen. I figured that since I was already in the bathroom, I would just take a shower and hope that the hot steam would relax my muscles, and get rid of my headache. So I turned the water on in the shower, and I waited for it to get hot.

At this point, I was sweating. I've never been that warm in my life. My head was still killing me. I was sitting on the floor of the bathroom, trying to at least cope with the pain. Finally, I decided that I needed to go to the hospital. I picked up my phone to call 911, but I couldn't see the screen. I couldn't read anything. I laid down on the floor and tried to swipe from the lock screen to the emergency call screen, but I couldn't even manage that. My fine motor skills were completely gone. My fingers wouldn't cooperate, even though I knew what buttons needed to be pressed. Instead of swiping to the emergency call screen, I threw my phone across the room. "Okay," I thought, "Large muscle groups are working. Small ones are not".

I tried getting up. That also wasn't happening. I was so unstable that I couldn't stay standing. I tried turning off the running water of the shower, but couldn't move the faucet. Eventually, I gave up on trying to move anywhere. "At what point do I just give up and lie on the floor until someone finds me?" That was the point. I ended up lying on the floor for two hours until my dad came home and found me.

During that two hours, I couldn't hear. My ears were roaring, not even ringing. I tried to yell, but I couldn't form a sentence. I was simply stuck, and couldn't do anything about it. I still had no idea what was going on.

When the ambulance finally got there, they put me on a stretcher and loaded me into the back. "Are you afraid of needles or anything?" asked one EMT. "Terrified," I responded, and she started an IV without hesitation. To this day, I don't know if that word actually came out of my mouth, but I'm so glad she started the IV. She started pumping pain medicine, but it didn't seem to be doing anything.

We got to the hospital, and the doctors there were going to treat me for a migraine and send me on my merry way. This was obviously not a migraine. When I could finally speak again, they kept asking if I was prone to migraines. "I've never had a migraine in my whole life," I would say. "Do you do any drugs?" they would ask. "No," I repeated over and over. At this point, I was fading in and out of consciousness, probably from the pain or the pain medicine.

At one point, I heard the doctors say that they couldn't handle whatever was wrong with me at our local hospital and that I would need to be flown somewhere. They decided on University of Maryland in Baltimore. My parents asked if I wanted them to wait with me or start driving, so I had them leave.

The helicopter arrived soon after, and I was loaded into it. 45 minutes later, I was in Baltimore. That was the last thing I remember. The next thing I remember was being in the hospital two weeks later. I had a drain in my head, a central port, and an IV. I honestly didn't know what had happened to me.

As it turns out, I was born with a blood vessel malformation called an AVM. Blood vessels and arteries are supposed to pass blood to one another smoothly, and mine simply weren't. I basically had a knot of blood vessels in my brain that had swelled and almost burst. There was fluid in my brain that wouldn't drain, which was why my head still hurt so bad. The doctors couldn't see through the blood and fluid to operate, so they were simply monitoring me at that point.

When they could finally see, they went in to embolize my aneurysm and try to kill the AVM. After a successful procedure, my headache was finally starting to subside. It had gone from a 10 on the pain scale (which I don't remember), to a 6 (which was when I had started to be conscious), and then down to a 2.

I went to rehab after I was discharged from the hospital, I went to rehab. There, I learned simple things like how to walk and balance, and we tested my fine motor skills to make sure that I could still play the flute. Rehab was both physically and emotionally difficult. I was constantly exhausted.

I still have a few lingering issues from the whole ordeal. I have a tremor in one hand, and I'm mostly deaf in one ear. I still get headaches sometimes, but that's just my brain getting used to regular blood flow. I sleep a lot and slur my words as I get tired. While I still have a few deficits, I'm lucky to even be alive.

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10 Thoughts From The Girl Who Hates Going To The Gym But Muscles Through It For The Gains

You hate it but it's healthy, so...


I hate the gym. There are too many people. I would rather have my own private gym. But sometimes, I just need to go and workout. Here are the thoughts that run through my mind.

1. What should I do first?

Stretch? Run? Lift? Help?

2. I hope I don't see anyone I know here.

Last thing I need is for someone seeing me trying to workout.

3. How do I use this machine?

I'll just go to the next one.

4. How many reps have I done?

I always lose track.

5. What do I do next?

Probably should have made a plan.

6. How much time has passed?

So I can leave as soon as I can.

7. I need to pick a machine away from everyone

So no one can see me struggling.

8. Am I doing this right?

Or do I just look stupid doing my workout

9. How come everyone who comes here scares me?

Everyone is just super serious...

10. Why is there nothing good at the TVs?

CNN? Nah.

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