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Sunday, June 7th, 2009
11:08 pm
[qu_is]
hi,

an introduction i guess. I don't really see it as a disability as such, but i am neurodivergent in the ways that I learn and some would consider those divergences, disabilities, i guess.

I think i might have slight dyslexia and dyscalculia (or MIS, i'm not sure as am still waiting on evaulation regarding colour, but essentially i mix up numbers and letters am photosensitive, colour sensitive and get migraines) although i was never diagnoised cause my dad's a hippy with a distrust of the 'system'.

I also don't get any mental imagery, (more info on thatCollapse )

anyway i think mental imagery is one of those things that everyone falls on the spectrum somewhere and its just a diversity within the population, but it seems that education does tend towards the majority and being in the minority of any spectrum can have its disavantages.

for example, I think that it is unclear when talking about a 'visual thinker' if they take in information most effectivally when it is presented in a visual format (text, graphic, schema)as opposed to audio etc) because it is easier to follow (like i do) or if they rely on visual recall to remember what was presented to them and therefore prefer information presented in a way that is easy to recreate as an image (graphic, schema etc)

anyway i could go on, but will leave it for the moment.

Anyway. i'm studying neuroscience and i think all different ways of thinking, processing and perciving are beautiful and interesting and have their own benifits and disadvantages.

I'm interested to see the thoughts regarding education and learning and how different neuroabilites are catered for within education systems.
Monday, September 15th, 2008
9:49 am
[northern_wind5]
An offensive term?
Hey guys I never came across the term "SPED" before about a month ago in a teaching community. I am going to guess it is an American short form because I honestly never heard that phrase used before. I know one person in this community finds the term offensive - what about others?

And how about Spec Ed?
Monday, September 8th, 2008
9:48 pm
[northern_wind5]
I was just curious ... What others experience with having an LD. Did you have a supportive environment? An unsopportive? Somewhat supportive?
Monday, September 1st, 2008
1:08 pm
[northern_wind5]
I guess I will post first ... And welcome you to this community. I did a search for learning disabilities and have found the only ones around really are for ADD or ADHD or a few for "mainstream" learning disabilities. As someone who lives with two disabilities and is studying to become a teacher I feel as though it is important to have an area where we can share and discuss either living with an LD or anything which comes under the topic. Especially since there are more learning disabilities then just dyslexia and dysgraphia ,,,

As mentioned above I have two learning disabilities - one is working memory, the other is processing speed. Unlike those living with other LDs I can do math and reading and writing just fine. My issue is that it takes almost twice as long to process information and being able to easily move information into long term memory. How has this effected me? Socially and academically. It is hard for me to concentrate on more then one thing because I concentrate so hard on what I think is important (kind of like tunnel vision) that I might miss the tone and body language of the person talking. Academically it can be very frustrating, especially when learning something new. It takes so long for me to process something that usually the class has moved on. I have things like getting extra time on tests and exams put in place so I can actually finish the whole thing. I am not sure what else to write about this but oh well. That's all for now. I hope more people join and share :).
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