Lauren quietly sat in the back of the classroom, not engaging with students around her and never offering to raise her hand to respond in class. She felt so inadequate in the responses she thought of, or her answers were already shared by the time she worked up the confidence to raise her hand. Lauren’s slow processing speed along with her dyslexia constantly interfered in her engagement in learning like other students. She was certainly at disadvantage on the average, but with the advent of immediacy in our culture she was distinctly but unintentionally left out.
On their next check-up with their doctor, they addressed their concern for his language development, as he was nearing eighteen months old. The doctor did his usual exam and records check before hearing the parent’s concerns. He spoke to the child to see what he could generate from him directly but got just what the parents had reported. He checked the child’s hears again and suggested he order an audiology exam to rule out a hearing loss. Bret’s parents agreed with this approach and were hopeful it would prove helpful.
Conary’s teacher asked to talk with him after class that day. He went expecting to hear something about his poor performance, but he was pleasantly surprised by her assisting him in getting started on his project. With the template she had questions for Conary to answer from his knowledge she recorded these things win the appropriate places in the template. They then worked together on what Conary needed to know more about, and where he could go to get the information. She put all this together for him so that at home he would have the scaffolding to proceed with his project.
Now being in prison it is not difficult to hide your learning differences since so many have similar issues. As no one is pressing your skills academically they usually get ignored by most. Darius found this environment to his liking as he did not want to share his learning differences or the feelings they created in him. He had plenty of reasons to be angry about his life and his learning seemed small potatoes compared to all the rest. But as Darius worked through some of his other issues is seemed that his learning difficulties were becoming more and more pronounced as a factor in his life. Darius spent a good deal of time thinking about this. At first it seemed a lost cause, something he had given up on a long time ago.
Years later, Carissa’s daughter Jade was visiting and her mother’s stories came up. Jade said, “Mom, your stories have been such a great support for me through life. I think you should publish them for others to read.”