Understanding what works well for us – what our strengths and abilities are – may not come easily, but doing so is extremely important for success in life: as a worker, a family member, or a member of our community. It helps to talk with a friend (family member, counselor, or teacher) as we analyze our strengths and our struggles. For example, it can be helpful to talk through such questions as:
- What part of this job is easy? enjoyable?
- What part is really tough to do? Why do I think it’s hard?
- Do I work better when I work alone…or with others?
- Do I work better if I have a list of tasks to do…or when I decide what needs to be done?
- When I’m reading (writing, doing math, etc) what is hard about doing this?
- What helps me do this more easily: drawing diagrams? discussing it with someone else?
Successful People with Learning Disabilities and ADHD
People with LD who succeed have to first "find out what works" for them. Read the stories of people in many different fields who have done just that.
After School What Next?
[A chapter from the book- Unlocking Potential: College and Other Choices for People With Ld and Ad/Hd (Taymans, West, Sullivan, & Scheiber – editors)]
This chapter of a book for people with LD and AD/HD provides an overview of factors to consider when choosing appropriate career fields and applying for a job. It would be just as helpful for any person in making these life choices. Included sections are: Assessing interests and abilities; Matching job opportunities with personal interest and abilities; Looking for a position; Preparing to apply for a job; The job interview; and Job-keeping skills.