I am a second generation learning disabled person.
My father has a learning disability.
Unfortunately, he never had the support to deal with his short comings in school.
My dad told me the stories how he would be punished by his teachers for not grasping the information at the right pace. He told me his story about Latin School. He finished last in his class. Most people would assume that he was less intelligent than his peers. Thus he would be less successful as well...
Yet, less than 10 years later he held two masters degree and a PhD!
What I have found is people with learning disabilities often start the road of education at a slower pace than their peers. But people with learning disabilities that are committed to figuring it out for themselves, out pace their earlier peer group.
The reason behind this is people who are success and have a learning disability have something to prove. For so long, they were judge harshly by the school system. So they had a decision to make: Accept this reality or prove them wrong!
What they develop is an internal drive that will stop for NO ONE!
The tough part about this story is not everyone develops this drive. They give before it can ever start. The systems in school presently focus on outward adaptations like a special class room, longer time on test rather than teaching the HABITS OF BEING SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE!
What can a parent do for their kid? First things first teach them to work hard by example. Show them that you are willing to work with them in over coming their challenges. Become an expert of yourself. Learning different methods for learning that would be better suited for your kid.
It all begins with you!
John T.S. Murphy is a 24 year world traveler. He has spent the majority of his life being the exception to the rule. He was told at a very young age to lower his goals; He probably should not plan on going to college.
Guess what happened? He graduated from college at the top of his class, has started numerous businesses, and purchased his first home at 20 year old.
He has started a company called Learning Disability Dynamics. He aims to teach parent of teenage males how to enable their kids for success. He does speaking engagement, workshops, and conference calls. Has his first book coming out March 15.
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