The Case of Susan Essay example

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Susan is a freshman enrolled at your small private university. She hopes to graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in visual arts and maybe someday attend graduate school for a master’s in fine arts. Although Susan is an art major, she is required to take two English courses that require a great deal of writing. Susan reveals to you that she has an Auditory Processing Disorder. You learned in your EDCEP 853 College Students with Special Needs course that a person with an auditory processing disorder periodically experiences an inability to process verbal information. This learning disability (LD) can make it difficult for students to understand and organize large amounts of spoken information presented in lectures or class…show more content…
Susan has convinced her parents that she can handle her situation and she is very concerned about letting herself and her parents down. Susan shares that she is reluctant to ask for help, fearing that her professors and fellow students will think that she is asking for “special” treatment and she explains that she is not really sure what kind of assistance is available to her in college. When she was in high school, she had an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and everything was mapped out for her. You can hear the frustration in Susan’s voice. Because learning disabilities are not visible to the common observer, family, teachers and peers often do not understand the challenges faced by individuals with learning disabilities. The University of Wisconsin-Madison notes in College Students with Learning Disabilities (2012), those individuals with learning disabilities often have to prove their disability is "real". Susan can organize and communicate her thoughts in a one-on-one conversation but she finds it difficult to organize and articulate her ideas in writing. Susan explains that writing was her most challenging academic area in high school. She confides that she is worried that she will not be able to keep up with the course workload and is worried about failing her freshman English course but she is determined to make her first year a successful one. You commend Susan for her determination and ensure her that your discussion will be
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