Cognitive impairment; Low IQ; Self teaching and academic accommodations
January 10, 2014 2:51 PM Subscribe
I had severe hyperthyroidism and hypoglycemia from malnutrition which lead to brain damage and dementia symptoms. I love learning but all this time, I couldn't learn. I'm much better now, but still can't learn. I'm looking for suggestions on how I can learn, and guidance on what academic accommodations would be available for a person like me, if any. I've done a lot of research on this over a 10 year span.
posted by midnightmoonlight to Education (27 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
It's been 10 years of struggling. l had severe hyperthyroidism and hypoglycemia from malnutrition which lead to brain damage and dementia symptoms. I love learning, but all this time, I couldn't learn. I'm way better since I changed my diet years ago, but still can't learn. I can make change now (in non-stressful environments), and I can do basic arithmetic, when I couldn't before. That means a lot to me.
I'm looking for suggestions on how I can learn, and guidance on what academic accommodations would be available for a person like me, if any. I can't think of any academic accommodations that would help me besides just straight out giving me the answer!
I had no choice but to drop out of college 9 years ago, but it kills me that I can't learn what I love and scratch that itch. For the past decade I've been trying to learn (actually, re-learn) on my own, but I couldn't.
I've looked at a lot of information on learning disabilities online, but nothing really applied to me. I guess I don't really have a learning disability, just low IQ, though I scored very high before I got sick (professional testing). I've even looked at information on how to learn to learn, but nothing helped. Last month, I noticed it helped, if:
* I see the answer before I try the exercise, try to understand the answer, then attempt it on my own
* I read the entire material even if I don't understand it, then start over. For example, read a whole book, then go to the beginning and tackle it as if it were the first time.
Anyone have any ideas how to go from there?
Most of the problem, I think, is that I have really bad working memory (keeping data in your head while you're working with it), and even if I get an exercise right, the learning isn't permanent. I do N-Back exercises (to improve working memory) and it gives me an awful headache the rest of the day :) But it does help a bit, I just have to take a week off after I practice it, haha!
Anyway, I thought I'd reach out and ask for help since it's obvious I can't do this alone.