School will be her/our life for the next several years and I am concerned about the impact of it all. Will her strengths be able to sustain her or will her struggles crush her? She can read and write and recite her addition facts, has a great vocabulary (tested at 4th or 5th grade?) and is a great speller with good attention to (visual) detail...but math concepts, reasoning, and listening comprehension are such a struggle. Also, as she gets older, school will be less visual and hands on and more oral. As a child with an auditory processing disorder, keeping up with and comprehending lectures is probably going to be very challenging.
Academic abilities shouldn't define the value of a person, but when life revolves around academics/school, it's probably difficult to define yourself in any other way. We are always looking for other areas where she can be successful to help bolster her spirits and at this point she does not seem to be crushed or defeated. I hope she never does, but it'll be hard to make it through unscathed. I guess none of us do make it unscathed and that's part of building character... My hope and prayer is that she/we won't let test scores define her or crush her. She may never test well and I hope we can all learn how to live with that without it crushing us. At this age, she is unaware of the test scores, so right now it's more MY problem, but she won't be shielded from harsh realities forever.
I need to go birthday shopping for her today, but my heart is heavy. I could really use some encouragement from anyone who's survived the struggle of learning disabilities.