One of the biggest misconceptions people associate with learning disabilities is the fact that they can disappear with time. Some children are cursed with carsickness, while others can’t go near a peanut without breaking out in hives. Both of these unfortunate aspects of life can be outgrown, why can’t learning disabilities dissolve too?
It all comes down to the fact that there is something neurologically off in the brain, which will impact a person for the rest of their life. Unfortunately, some parents enter a state of denial that their “perfect” child has some type of disorder, or figure that the learning disability will go away as a child matures into adulthood. According to the website, “Breakthroughs in Learning,” the author explains that dismissing cases of learning disabilities have negative impacts on a child such as, “low self esteem, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, or aggression and anger issues.” As a result, these issues that stem during a vulnerable time in a child’s life could easily carry on in their future, and can lead to more serious problems.
It is true that learning disabilities do not vanish and become invisible, but on the flip side, there are resources that make living with a learning disorder more manageable. For instance, newer technology has made it possible for pens to record lectures for those who learn better by simply listening. There are several apps like ModMath, Dyslexia toolbox, or MyTalksTools Mobile that make a huge difference for students who struggle in school. However, the article, Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology suggests that, “students with disabilities report that faculty attitudes are an important part of implementing successful academic accommodations in higher education.” Therefore, support from a school’s staff might be the most crucial resource that could prevent the psychological issues mentioned in the previous paragraph. Personally, I felt unsure of how to handle a learning disability when I was first diagnosed, but luckily staff members from the Disabled Student Programs and Services at my school guided me through the aftermath of the emotions that came along with the shock of it all. This group of determined, empathetic, and compassionate people became my mentors, as they taught me how to separate my beliefs between the grades I earned, and who I am as a person. Although learning disabilities will never permanently go away, a mixture of these solutions allow a person who has a learning disability to feel as though it has disappeared.