Highlight The Important Stuff

My parents knew something was going on with me because I remember being tested for my hearing several times when I was in elementary school. However, my hearing was perfect .My parents were at a loss. All throughout my schooling, reading was  a struggle and I couldn’t fathom why someone would read for pleasure. I remember a tutor trying to get me to read Readers Digest books! How boring is that?! These books had absolutely no pictures in them ! As I grew older, I was only interested in reading things I could actually learn from like self-help books or biblically based books.

In 1992, my freshmen year of college, after variety of IQ tests. I found that I had Auditory Processing Disorder. Knowledge of the disability helped me with my academic weaknesses. Also, I sought out assistance from the University I was attending. This was a huge confidence boost and I was able to graduate in four years!

What does Auditory Processing Disorder look like?

A characteristic of someone with Auditory Processing Disorder is that they often get mentality fatigued. Additionally, because of slow processing, comprehension and memory is effected. It takes longer than average, but individuals with APD eventually “get it” !  Individuals with APD have difficulty following more that one direction at a time. While growing up, I had a hard time following directions. For example, my mom might say,” get clothes off the floor in the guest bathroom after 3:00 on Thursday, then separate the red from white clothes and put the white ones in the washer on cold.”Huh? What? To this day, I don’t separate! I just throw everything in the washer!  In regards to reading, writing and comprehension, an individual with APD may have a difficult time understanding grammar rules. Thinking back, learning the way sentences were structured was always a foreign concept to me. Additionally, I had problems developing vocabulary and understanding language. To this day, I still don’t understand phonics! Another struggle for me and others with APD may be deciphering the main point of an assignment. When highlighting the important stuff, I tend to highlight everything because it is all important!

 

 

Ms.Blair

While in elementary and middle school I did not have a school counselor. However, the teachers in the small school I attended were very in-tune to my emotional and educational needs. I am a twin and I followed my twin sister, Sonya, to a fault. Even though my parents were intentional about separating us in many aspects of our lives, my comfort came from mirroring my sister. My second grade teacher, Mrs Blair, recognized that I had not developed my own individual personality and I also feel she noticed my learning disorder. Looking back, I think she and my mother spoke of me taking piano lessons. I vividly remember Mrs. Blair bringing in a piano for me to play for the whole class. I also remember a time when I won the second grade spelling bee. To this day, I’m not sure how I won that spelling bee, but that experience gave me the confidence I needed. I am not sure if the correct testing was available in the 1980’s to detect learning disabilities, but I feel that my sweet teacher did all she could to give me the best educational experience possible. Mrs. Blair set the tone for me in regards to my education.

Significant Other

Over the past ten years, I’ve grown into an optimistic thinker.  I credit my husband, who has modeled how to change my thought patterns. My natural tendency is to be a realist and at times, pessimistic. Who would have thought changing my tone of thoughts to a happier one would produce a more desired result?!? ha ha!