Having a learning disability is more common than many people realize. Because learning disabilities are an “invisible” many people struggle in silence about their learning challenges. To help remind you that you are not alone on this journey, we are feature real life stories of individuals with learning disabilities. Learn their experience of how they discovered their LD, how they navigate through their challenges and how to encourage others on their journey. This week, we are featuring Kat
Special Compass- How did you discover you had a learning disability?
Dar- The school system told my mom at a young age. I went to a specialized school for grade 2 I believe but my mom took me out of that program because we moved far from the school (she also thought I didn't need it- but I did :)
SC- Can you describe your learning disability and how it impacts you?
Kat- I have ADHD and dyslexia (dyslexia was worse when I was younger). My ADHD impacts my life in the way that I have a hard time focusing on tasks I don't like to do. Motivation is hard and I tend to be quite forgetful if I don't write it down especially dates and events in my calendar and making to-do lists.
SC- What was some of your challenges in school/ work and every day life?
Kat-What was some of your challenges in school/ work and every day life? School was especially hard for me because it was so hard to sit and listen to a teacher when I had very little interest in the subject, at a young age I gave up trying because i didn't get any help at home and that just kind of continued into high school. As a result my difficulties were, tests, assignments and low grades. For work It tends to be memory, usually for work I'm on because a) I'll get fired lol and b) I usually like what I'm doing.
SC- What challenges did you encounter with a learning disability, and how did you overcome?
Kat-Because I was diagnosed for ADHD as an adult I suffered with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety (which run hand in hand with ADHD). I had a hard time in school and if I wanted to do well I found I had to work 3x as hard. Because motivation was low I had a hard time applying my self to life goals and completing them, even things such as cleaning the house. I over came/ cope with my ADHD by getting the help I needed and also now being off of medication due to child birth I manage it with CBT and coping strategies such as organization and routine.
SC- What is one thing people should know about people with learning disabilities?
Kat- Each and every single person is so different and learn differently. The way the school system is made up to teach all kids the same way can be defeating and unfair.
SC- What is a word of advice for a student who has the same learning disability, and is struggling to find their way?
Kat- Get the help you need it will go a long way - even if you think its not "cool"