You go to your parent-teacher conference and of course, you expect to hear glowing comments about your child. Instead, the teacher uses educational jargon you don't understand. Your mind is racing and you are getting totally anxious and flustered. Does my child have a learning disability?
I'm in the kitchen reading instructions on how to make a dinner with seven ingredients and about 10 steps. I calmly concentrate on my task at hand, but I'm just not complete understanding what to do. I begin to get frustrated because I just cannot comprehend.
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I ended up texting my mom to tell her that I was giving up for the night and that I felt like a failure. She then responded with this: "You are not a failure. Just because it doesn't come easy for you doesn't define you. We all have our weak areas."
As he leaned in sheepishly, his steely blue eyes gleamed with a fascinating mix of fear, shame, and a dash of hope. "Please don't tell my mom." He was referring to his big confession: four overdue math assignments that piled quickly.
I worked as a learning specialist at a day school for a decade, teaching students with learning disabilities how to successfully navigate the rigorous academic landscape. Be sure to take special note of the past tense in that sentence.