Parents will often ask if their child will ‘grow out’ of their learning disability. The answer is no, learning disabilities are lifelong. However, in this age of technology and opportunities for alternative teaching and learning, a child’s learning disability does not need to hinder them. It means that with the identification there can be support and modification put in place.
Learning disabilities range in severity and may interfere with the acquisition and use of one or more of the following:
oral language (e.g. listening, speaking, understanding);
reading (e.g. decoding, phonetic knowledge, word recognition, comprehension);
written language (e.g. spelling and written expression); and
mathematics (e.g. computation, problem solving).
Learning disabilities may also involve difficulties with organizational skills, social perception, social interaction and perspective taking.
So although an LD can’t be outgrown, it can be managed. If a mathematics LD has been identified, a person may want to reconsider if being an accountant is the career path of choice. However, if it is the choice, they will need to be able aware of their deficits and work around them. Nothing is impossible!