Many who struggle to learn as adults (and who struggled in their earlier school years) aren’t aware that they have a learning disability (LD). Other adults who were identified with LD when they were children face new challenges in managing their LD in college, on the job, and in carrying out other adult responsibilities. If either scenario describes you or someone you care about, you’ll benefit from the following information on evaluating, identifying, and managing LD in adulthood.
Do I Have LD?
Learning disabilities (LD) do not go away after childhood; children with LD become adults with LD. If you’ve ever suspected that you have LD but haven’t been evaluated, there’s no better time than now to take the first step. If you know you have LD, you can better advocate for yourself on the job, in educational settings and in everyday life. Finding out is the first step toward overcoming obstacles.
Do I Have LD?
There is only one way to know for certain if you have a learning disability: through a formal evaluation by a qualified professional who has been trained to identify learning disabilities. Such professionals may be clinical or educational psychologists, school psychologists, neuropsychologists or learning disabilities specialists. It is essential that the professional have training and direct experience working with and evaluating adults with learning disabilities.
Once you decide to seek an evaluation, it's important that you be actively involved in the process and that you have confidence in the professional with whom you are working. Once you've selected someone to do the testing, find out about his/her skills and overall perspective by asking the following types of questions: