View Full Version : ADHD with a learning disability

10-15-08, 02:37 AM
I am beginning to suspect myself of having dyscalculia, due to my inability to succeed in any math class. I was wondering how common learning disabilities turn up in people with ad/hd.

10-15-08, 03:46 AM
I have an LD with regard to working memory .. and my math skills are severely affected by it .. it might not neccesarily be 'dyscalculia' .. just because you're struggling with math.

Working memory LD basically affects my ability to hold and manipulate several variables at once in my head, while using those variables in relation to steps needed to solve a (math) problem. But this is has more far reaching implications beyond math. For instancem, I'd consider myself to be strong when it comes to writing generally, but especially with essays. Yet, until I hammer out an outline that will be intuitive and easy for the reader to follow (i.e. logical), the essay will simply be a disaster of haphazardly (yet eloquently written) placed quotations and random ideas.

As defeatist as this may sound, I gave up on math a LONG time ago .. I dealt with two economics courses (core degree requirements) and moved on .. no point in trying to 'get good' at the stuff you're no good at. That being said, I've avoided taking a required stats course for my degree like the plague .. and I'm enrolled for the winter term. Yay. :D

10-15-08, 06:39 AM
I was wondering how common learning disabilities turn up in people with ad/hd.

Other Disorders That Sometimes Accompany ADHD (

Learning disabilities

Many children with ADHD – approximately 20 to 30 percent – also have a specific learning disability (LD).10 In preschool years, these disabilities include difficulty in understanding certain sounds or words and/or difficulty in expressing oneself in words. In school age children, reading or spelling disabilities, writing disorders, and arithmetic disorders may appear. A type of reading disorder, dyslexia, is quite widespread. Reading disabilities affect up to 8 percent of elementary school children
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I have dyslexia

dyslexia and ADD (

But at least 40% of people with Dyslexia also have ADD/ADHD.
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Dyscalculia (

10-15-08, 12:32 PM
Dyscalculia is only one of many math problems we can have.

Some people can excel in some math areas and do poorly in others.

10-22-08, 09:15 AM
Does anyone know a good site for researching the different LD's to better know what the possibilities are?

10-22-08, 09:44 AM
re: #2

HILLZY, that is an excellent explanation. Thanks for articulating all that.