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Dyslexia Frustration



I'm very frustrated right now. I didn't realize my dyslexia would ever truly come in the way of success in school but now it's in my face. I was reading some literature from the early 1900's for my ENG 102 class.

The combination of my terrible working memory and pronunciation of new words made the text completely worthless. Every three sentences of text has a word I cant pronounce.

I don't know what my plan is... possibly telling my teacher and asking for suggestions. Getting a dictionary as well.


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doesn't your school have a disability support department?

They do, but I'm taken two tests before(which you pay for) and both came out as being borderline dyslexia. That means I don't qualify. I hate grey zone legal shit that ignores people like me who could use help.

Anyway, they probably wouldn't be able to do much for me. I don't need extra time on tests. What I really need is someone who has experience with teaching people with dyslexia who can give me tips.

The US education system is really whacked up right now. People who need help really aren't being helped, instead their just pushed into the next grade.

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Be careful not to place the blame on others here. While I agree people tend to get moved along who aren't ready, I don't think any teacher can be a personal tutor to every student in his or her class. Part of the responsibility lies with the parents when a child is younger and with the learner themself as they get older. If you are having difficulties, then seek ways to help yourself. Are there books on this sort of thing? Websites with resources? If you don't have the skills to read the course material, then maybe you need to take a step back and work on reading skills first. (beware, I'm talking out my ass. I've never had learning difficulties myself.)

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I do help myself, always have. I was the one who found out I was dyslexic. I've taught myself many study skills... in fact I took a class called study skills.

It just pisses me off sometimes when I think back to when I was in high school that knowing this would have saved me a lot of time and depression. When I emailed my special ed person at school he said I was tested borderline. Apparently they didn't want me to know. So pissed when i think about it.

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I guess I'm confused--you were tested but found not to be dyslexic? If you were borderline--you either fell on one side of the line or the other. If you think you really are dyslexic and need help, could you get retested?

Also--study skills are one thing, but it sounds more like it's reading comprehension issues. Could you take some reading classes to help with this? I don't know. I'm not sure what to suggest.

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Yes, they being the school, and a psychologist decided I'm NOT dyslexic. I guess you have to test lower. I'd imagine that because my overall intelligence is higher then most my age that I managed to pass the test. I tested lowest in working memory and pronunciation.

My math teacher in college has worked with learning disability's because she teaches lower math levels. She and other teachers said they could tell I was dyslexic. This was before even I knew, and again I wished they would of let me know. Maybe they were afraid of hurting my feelings. I consider myself to be dyslexic now because of what my teachers said and all the information on the internet matched my habbits perfectly.

Your right about the reading comprehension issue. The psychologist did recommend I find some help with that. I'm not sure were to go for that though.

Legally though I'll never be considered dyslexic and therefore my teachers will have to treat me like it's not a problem for me. I'm just going to have to figure out how to help myself. no big deal

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beware of self diagnosing (it can be like reading your horoscope and being amazed how much it's dead on when it's really arbitrary). also--i will guarantee your math teachers were not trained to recognize actual learning disabilities (especially at the college level). If you need to work on reading skills, can you take a reading class? Does your school offer those?

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