Do you have a learning difference?
Maybe you are dyslexic, or perhaps you have been diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. Maybe you have ADD/ADHD. Dyspraxia. Dyscalculia. Auditory Processing disorder…..the list goes on.
Whatever your learning difference, here's what you need to know:
If you are employed, get support in the areas you need it. Be honest with your colleagues - remember your learning difference means you bring many strengths to the table - it is just that you may need help in certain areas. High quality assistive technology is forging ahead in ways that can offer robust support. One example is this range of google extensions for dyslexia.
#6. Your challenges can be overcome.
Sally Shaywitz has a wonderful analogy of dyslexia being a small island of weakness in a huge sea of strengths. I would go further to include all learning differences in this analogy. And you know what? You can use your strengths to help you overcome your challenges. Find a programme that is strengths-based, rather than one that thinks you need to be fixed. Learn how to harness your gifts. My personal favourite is of course the Davis programmes - created by a dyslexic, autistic genius that works from a place of strength and empowerment.
And last, but not least, always remember.....
Sources: 'Wired Differently" image from Wrong Planet l *Neurodiversity rewires conventional thinking about brains l Sally Shaywitz - article on Dyslexia l Google Extensions for dyslexia