3 Tips for Managing a Learning Disability in Adulthood [video]

Support from schools can improve elementary and secondary students’ math, reading, and other language skills. But how can people with learning disabilities prepare for the demands of university or working life?

Dr. Brett Miller directs the Reading, Writing, and Related Learning Disabilities Program within NICHD’s Child Development and Behavior Branch. In the video series below, he talks about tools, tips, and approaches that can help people manage their learning disabilities as adults.

Be your own advocate

For adults with dyslexia or other learning disability, advocating for one’s own needs is an important skill to master. NICHD learning disability expert Dr. Brett Miller recommends understanding your learning challenges, identifying possible solutions, and asking for the resources that will allow you to reach your goals. Watch to learn more.

Ensure that your surroundings facilitate success

For adults with learning disabilities, how can school and work settings best contribute to success? Watch as NICHD learning disability expert Dr. Brett Miller talks about the importance of working with your school or employer to create a supportive environment and making considerations for the long term.

Take advantage of assistive technology

What resources are available to people with learning disabilities to support learning? Watch NICHD learning disability expert Dr. Brett Miller explain computer tools that can read text aloud, help articulate thoughts, and provide structure to writing.

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Child Health and Human Services | 3 Tips for Managing a Learning Disability in Adulthood, https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/learning/conditioninfo/treatment | Public domain. Last reviewed September 2018. Retrieved December 2022.
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