Tips to manage learning disabilities in adults
People with learning disabilities are as smart as their peers. Since learning disabilities are neurological disorders that lead to difficulties in reading, writing, recalling or processing information, parents and teachers have to work together and identify it at a young age.
Some of the most commonly seen learning disorders are dyspraxia, dyscalculia, dyslexia and other language processing disorders. But the individual who has a learning disability can definitely do a great job if given the right training and guidance. Unlike earlier days, learning disabilities are not considered to be end of the tunnel. At the same time, if not provided with right guidance, it can affect the individual's performance in academics and even relationship with family and friends. When it comes to adulthood, learning disabilities can be tackled and handled wisely. But the person must be fully aware of what they are up to and not lose confidence in the long run.
Kush Devi Sangitaben's son was diagnosed with dyspraxia at a very young age. Now a successful chartered accountant at the age of 23 years, he has beaten all odds to come out in flying colours.
The most important thing is that teachers and parents must work together to bring out the best in a person with a learning disability. Exercises, mainly to improve eye and hand coordination is crucial so that they can do things independently. Development is not something that will happen overnight. It will take years. So be patient and work towards the goals. Everything else falls in place-Kush Devi Sangitaben
Here are some tips to manage learning disabilities in adults
- Make full use of assistive technology- Today, there are hundreds of gadgets and assistive technology devices that are available in the market. They make things easier and fun for people with learning disabilities. It helps them to achieve their goals and do daily activities with ease. Since most of the gadgets are light weight, the person can easily carry it around as well.
- Ensure your environment facilitates success- At the workplace, chances are high that you might have colleagues who try to pull you down. It is important to stay unaffected and calm through all that. Working environments must be instrumental in your success and development as an individual.
- Speak up for yourself- There are times when a person has to speak up for themselves, especially when someone tries to bring them down at college or work place. Having a learning disability is not end of the tunnel. There are many things that need to be explored and understood around you. You must know what you need and speak up for it. It is also important to understand your learning challenges and ask for resources that can help you look out for solutions.
- Stay focused- Due to a disability, chances are high that the person keeps shifting focus. Make sure that you know what you need and work towards it. Stay unaffected and work towards your goals.
"Whether it is in college or work place, a person with a learning disability must be confident of what they are. They must be their own self advocates. When you join college or work place, make sure that you openly talk about your disability. That way, your peers can also be comfortable while interacting to you. You can also have discussions about the difficulties that you face so that you can reach out for help if needed. A disability is just a part of you and not the whole. Look beyond your disability", says Griva Shah, Founder of Pearl Special School in Ahmadabad.
"Keep things in perspective because a learning disability is not insurmountable. You must learn to become your own expert and keep abreast of latest developments in learning disability programs, therapies and educational techniques. It is important to become your own advocate and focus on your strengths, not just weakness. Set your goals and work towards it. Learn to handle stress without being angry, and stay positive. Eat healthy food and have good habits", says Nandita Paul, A Special Educator.