How A Learning Difference Can Affect You
Outside of School
By Maura Baker
It can be easy to think that once you’re done with school you will never have to read, write or do math again! By this logic, it would seem that learning differences don’t affect people after they are done with school. However, very much of what we do in school like reading, writing and math, can find its way into your life outside of school. These are a few of the ways that having a learning difference can affect you outside of the school environment.
For people with learning differences like Dyslexia, it can take longer to read and process information. This can extend to having to read labels on food or having to read signs such as street signs. It can take longer to figure out the information you need which can keep you in one place for longer than you would like to be. Reading can also cause anxiety for those with learning differences in these types of situations. So much of what we do revolves around reading that it is no surprise that having a learning difference would affect you in this way.
If you struggle with writing and have a learning difference such as Dyslexia or Dysgraphia, it will be a longer and more drawn out process to write things down. For example if you are applying for something like a new job you generally would have to fill out a form, which of course would take longer if writing is not one of your strong suits. Considering that it can also take people with learning differences longer to process and think about information, and it can also be hard for people with learning differences to put thoughts into words, these struggles could also show up in “on the spot interactions” such as job interviews where you are expected to give a quick and composed sounding answer to a question.
Numbers are so important and prominent in our world, especially when it comes to money as that is what we mainly use math for after school. If numbers and comprehension of numbers in general is not one of your strong suits, doing things like creating a budget for the month or paying bills can be a long and tedious process. Many people with learning differences such as Dyscalculia can get frustrated and tired easily working with a lot of numbers at once. This can cause a lot of procrastination when it comes to dealing with numbers which unfortunately is very much necessary in today’s society.
While these are only a few of the ways learning differences can affect you in day-to-day life, it is very obvious that these struggles are not only limited to the classroom. But thankfully, with the growing number of technological applications in the world such as apps and scanners, it is very possible that in the future these inconveniences will be improved with all different t types of accommodations.