Posted by RottieWoman on February 01 2011 07:06 PM
welcome, Donna- certainly you can be here! :) There are many folks on here from various paths and at different points. I happen to be diagnosed but not everyone is. I went to Disabled Student Services at my university and got a referral to Voc. Rehab for diagnosis. Am now in my 30's. But I too was in Resource Room as a young kid - I had diagnosed speech and language disabilities but the LD was never caught. I read and wrote well and behaved "appropriately" and so my utter math confusion and related delays were missed. The Resource Room I went to was in a totally different part of the school and that area had its own busses, own lunch schedule, playground, school entrance, etc, and even smelled different to me as a kid, so you may imagine how that affected peer relations for me - badly. Very.
I was actually considered to have "math anxiety" in high school after a huge scene with my Geometry teacher, guidance counselor and my mom, where they were trying to figure out why I wasn't getting anything. My mom - otherwise a community/public schools activist and very involved in my education - isn't able to see that it's more then not being "good" at math because "I didn't like it" or "wasn't interested".
I have issues with Left/Right, basic and general math, directions/sequence, spatial orientation <but do have internal sense of direction and time>, money/change and clocks, the last two especially affect me daily as I navigate through routine activities. At this point, I'm pretty open and say things like -I have math LD, thanks for your patience - or my math sucks, I'll give you this change to figure - and so on.
Did it take a long time to get everything in place for your assessment? I think it's cool that your therapist actually knew enough about math LD to consider it in your situation - what do you think?
Another member here - 'jus - can share her various algebra experiences with you too. I took Pre-Algebra in high school and Algebra and Geometry and would have done miserably in all but for my attendance and my notebook, which were components of the grade. I tend to do well with things like taking notes and guessing on tests, regardless of the fact that the math notes are just gibberish to me.
My scores on my ACT and other testing led to me to be placed in the remedial college math class I kept failing.
Well, glad to see you! Hope you hang around and check out the various threads:)