Help for College Students with Learning Problems

Dear College Student,

 


Are you having trouble following lectures or finishing assignments in college? 

Do you find that you take much longer to finish your work than you classmates do? 

Have you been told that you struggle with comprehension or writing assignments? 

It could be that you have a learning disability!


College should be an exciting time for any incoming student, yet for those with learning disabilities it can create anxiety. Engaging with new faculty and classmates while also taking on more difficult coursework can be overwhelming if students don't have the proper supports.


According to the latest data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics(2014) more than 200,000 students entering college have some type of learning disability. Although most learning disabilities are identified early in life, it’s possible to discover that you have one in college.  


What are the Common Types Learning Disabilities found in College Students?

  • Dyslexia - Connected to reading abilities
  •  Dyscalculia - Associated with difficulties in math
  •  Dysgraphia - Resulting in specific learning disabilities in writing
  • ·Auditory Processing Deficit - Characterized by a struggle to understand and use auditory information
  • ·Visual Processing Deficit - A weakness in taking on and using visual information
  •  Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - Characterized by high degrees of distraction or hyperactivity


What to do if u suspect that you have a learning disability? 

If you suspect that you may have a learning disability, please contact our office to set up an appointment for evaluation. We offer discounted fees for college students for whom their insurance does not cover the evaluation. Following your evaluation, you will receive a report of official findings, including a diagnosis, as well as recommendations for next steps. You can take this report to your college’soffice for disability services to discuss a plan. The recommendations provided in the report can help you advocate for accommodations like these:   

  • Alternative forms of coursework and testing material
  • Additional time for coursework, testing and assignments
  • Adaptive/Assistive Technology
  •  Classroom accommodations 


The disability services office at your college will help you decide which accommodations are reasonable and how to request them. Documentation of a disability may also open up additional supports, like tutoring or help with editing papers.


Regardless of whether or not a student has a learning disability, college students are busy individuals with little time to ensure they are striking a balance between coursework and their own wellbeing. Dr. Brinson helps college students increase retention and graduation rates by conducting learning evaluations and providing counseling services with a focus on wellness and health education.

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