Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR
We have an appointment set up when school starts in Aug. for her to be tested for learning disorders/ and to get some extra help at school as she needs it
That's good! She could have dyslexia.
I had a really hard time learning to read, and the teacher used to come to our house and spend some extra time with me. My father was illiterate and my mother worked so much that she didn't have the time to spend time with me to do that, so the teacher was nice enough to invest some extra time in me.
I've always had problems with math, especially math that involves letters like algebra.
Over the years I have found myself in jobs such as accounting, tax preparation, data entry etc that require a decent level of basic math..which I had, but I always had such a hard time for some reason anyway.
I didn't find out until the early 1990's when I was in my early 30's that I am dyslexic and while I have a problem with letters and words when I'm tired, stressed or rushed, I my problem is more acute with numbers.
Once I learned that I was dyslexic everything started to make sense to me: my difficulty with learning to read, my difficulty with math etc.
When I went to nursing school, I never dared to mention that I am dyslexic. The teachers would have drummed me out of the program despite my qualifications and excellence in all areas.
At work when I need to calculate a drug dose I do it 3 times to make sure. If it's a more complex dosage calculation I always, always, always, have someone double check my math calculations. And I always have someone double check when I know I'm tired or feeling rushed. Some girls at work know I'm dyslexic and because I've learned to compensate and "cover", a few had a hard time believing me.
Dyslexia is a horrible thing and I'm lucky that mine isn't as severe as some people.
Is your niece right or left handed by chance?
I've been doing an unofficial study about dyslexia and it's causes.
I am right handed, but was born left handed. However the grade school I started in catered to right handed kids, and my parents were told to slap me whenever I tried to use my left hand for things. The purpose was that it would be easier for me when I was in school because all of the desks were for right handed kids, as were the scissors etc and left handed stuff was very hard and expensive to get. So I was slapped, and slapped and slapped some more.
Today I am right handed for wrighting, but I do many things with my left hand (baseball, can openers, sewing ect.) I can also write with both hands, but I write faster with my right. My writing is neater with my left.
The brain of a person who is left handed is wired very differently than those who are right handed.
For right handed people, the language centre of the brain is on the left side. For left handed people, the language centre is on the right side.
It's my theory that my dyslexia is largely due to the fact that the 2 halves of my brain struggle to control my speach centre.
As I was born a lefty, the speach centre would have been on the right side of my brain. However, because I'm now predominantly right handed, the left side of my brain is being cued for speach/writing/reading etc and trying to take control away from the right side of my brain, the side it was originally wired into.
I've talked to many individuals over the past 14 years or so and while I don't have actual numbers, I would guestimate that a good 80% of those I talked to who are dyslexic started their life off as a lefty and were converted to righties.
Like I said, it's nothing concrete, it's just a theory of mine. But it's something to ponder