I would be interested to find out, how many people like myself living with Cerebral Palsy have had difficulty learning.
For many years I carried way too much guilt for not having achieved in school. Perhaps it’s time to put the record straight. The more a Cerebral Palsy brain tries to concentrate, the slower the brain works. When we try too hard to learn, brain fatigue sets in, and learning has to be done in stages so that we can grasp what’s being taught.
I had problems with concentration. I was slow to learn and was considered lazy by my family and teachers because I couldn’t learn at the pace I was expected to. Course work was never detailed enough and teachers didn’t care to ask questions as to why I was underachieving. My parents didn’t ask questions either. They just put it down to me.
Although, I wasn’t great in a class room situation, I still felt I needed to have another go at my own kind of learning, so I started studying long distance in subjects I knew a little about. I studied Diet and Nutrition, Nutritional Therapy and Nutrition, all the subjects I had an interest in enjoyed and therefore might excel in.
I passed them all with Distinctions. I have diplomas behind me, which I use to great advantage in my home-life because they are all to do with health and wellbeing, which I feel is very important, more so because I deal with Cerebral Palsy.
I finally broke the mold and have since gone on to prove that it was never about me not being capable. I believe everyone is. With the right input and a different way to learn, I believe anyone can do what they set their sights on.