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Springer’s summer program, Adventures in Summer Learning, is well underway. Students in Debbie Elbert and Amanda Forbes’ writing class are thinking about themselves, their difficulties in school, and what it’s like to have a learning disability or ADHD. Debbie and Amanda gave the students a chance to write about their thoughts and feelings. These are some of the things they wrote.

A lot of people make fun of me when I am left behind on a math problem, and it makes me feel like I was always left out of the group and couldn’t fit into the group.  ~ Will

It’s scary to read out loud. I don’t like reading to a lot of people.  ~ Mia

Math is really hard for me. It is really frustrating and confusing. It is hard to concentrate, and I have always been behind in math.  ~ Stephanie

Writing is annoying. It makes me mad and sad. When I was five, when I wrote my hand hurt. It is easier to type.  ~ Jacob

Reading is very hard for me. Everything looks like letters. It wouldn’t be words for me.  ~ Ryan

I have ADHD. Sometimes I feel like I need a fidget at all times. Sometimes I feel nervous for no reason. Sometimes I feel like nobody likes me. I hope not to have ADHD when I am grown up.  ~ Matthew

Reading is hard for me. I am scared to talk out loud, and to read words wrong. It’s hard to read things that I do not know.  ~ Owen

Math was complicated because I didn’t understand the problems. One of my greatest challenges was division. When I looked at a math problem, I did not understand it. I learned strategies to help me. I think that I will overcome my math challenges in the future.  ~ Michael

For these students, reflecting on their learning challenges is an important first step in the process of knowing themselves, owning their difficulties, and learning ways to manage them that lead to success in school and in life.

Blogger Mary Ann Mulcahey, PhD, shares her expertise in assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities and ADHD, and the social/emotional adjustment to those issues. If you have questions, please contact Mary Ann at mmulcahey@springer-ld.org.

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