Diagnosing Learning Disabilities in Adults

Diagnosing Learning Disabilities in Adults Diagnosing Learning Disabilities in AdultsDo you or someone you love have a learning disability (LD)? Was the diagnosis made in childhood or as an adult?


It is astounding to think about how far LD testing has come in the recent decades. Now, it is common place to discuss how learning disabilities affect school aged children. This is a stark contrast from the public conversation about adult learning disabilities, which can seem virtually nonexistent.


Childhood Learning Disabilities VS. Adult Learning Disabilities

Living in an age where early diagnosis of a learning disability is expected, what happens to those who never receive a proper diagnosis? Is there a way to expose the silent topic of how these invisible disabilities affect adult learning too?


The truth is that adults with learning disabilities experience challenges on a regular, and sometimes daily basis. After all, a learning disability does not disappear with age, it only becomes less talked about.


Adults with Learning Disabilities

In addition, adults face new challenges as they age. If you are challenged by learning as an adult, here are some helpful facts to know:

– Your LD may change as you age.


– Finding continuing education programs that fit your needs can seem near impossible.


– A number of employers are not aware of the needs adults with learning disabilities have.


– There are emotional and social frustrations that are unique to adult learning disabilities.


– There are many adults living with an undiagnosed learning disability. This is very different from the youngest generations, who are required to test for these types of disabilities throughout school.


If you are an adult who may have a learning disability, it is essential that you get tested in a professional setting. By doing additional online research, and scheduling an appointment with a physician or psychologist, you can begin the diagnosis process. Testing may include an assessment of sensory processing abilities, questionnaires, and observation of intellectual potential.


While it may be scary to think about a pending diagnosis, if a learning disability is present, there is a growing community of support where you can get additional information about coping and thriving in your present circumstances.


Even though the conversation about adults with learning disabilities seems rather insignificant, there is a growing awareness around this issue. More support will come as a greater amount of people recognize the challenges that exist in the realm of adult learning.


Therefore, be honest in evaluating yourself and identifying your learning abilities. Clarity and understanding may be closer than you think.


Resources:  http://www.ldonline.org/article/6021/



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Let’s Talk About It

Do you struggle with an adult learning disability? If so, how does this affect your daily life?

What do you think is causing the insurgence of awareness about learning disabilities in young people? How might we shift the conversation to include adults too?


Read additional Disability Living blog posts:

Learning Disabilities – What are they and what do they mean for us who have them?


Learning Disabilities are Present in over 100,000 Canadian Children


How Autism Changes with Age


Adapting to a New Disability


How are Learning Disabilities Treated?



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