This is a blog I posted on the Treehouse members forum regarding the difficulties of learning web design and development if you suffer from a learning difficulty… like me.
Hi there everyone. I thought it was time to bring a discussion on something that’s close to my heart and that is learning on Treehouse for people who are neuro-diverse.
What I mean by that is people who have a specific learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Dyscalcula and people on the Autism spectrum.
I myself have been very different in the way that I learn, present myself and think about things my whole life. I didn’t really know why this was; why I should be pointed out for being so different. That was until I was nearly finished secondary school and was diagnosed with Dyspraxia.
Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty that affects physical coordination, memory, speech, language perception and thought.
The Dyspraxia Foundation in the UK says that…
“Current research suggests that it is due to an immaturity of neurone development in the brain rather than to brain damage. People with Dyspraxia have no clinical neurological abnormality to explain their condition.”
So over the years this has had a profound effect on how I learn anything as well as my time on Treehouse.
I’ve taken many courses on Treehouse. I’ve loved them all and would consider my time on each of them to be very useful and worthwhile for me to take. But every so often I find myself looking back and reflecting on what I’ve actually taken in. I’m sure everybody does the same but I find myself feeling that I haven’t quite learned remembered what the course was trying to teach and I lack the confidence to go out and apply these things to real life projects.
It’s not me saying that I haven’t paid attention or taken in the information at all. The videos are absolutely fantastic. The code challenges and quizzes are excellently designed to ensure that deep down the information is locked in the brain; that’s what Treehouse does so well. But something happens sometimes when I take it to a real life project that blocks out the “new” information that I’ve been given. It can happen at any time, at any place in any situation, sometimes even the most trivial things.
So… I have thousands of Treehouse points for a wide range of subjects but sometimes I feel a little held back by my learning difficulty. This has in the past few days manifested in my forum posts, having to apologise for some advice direction that isn’t quite right because I haven’t factored A B or C.
The points reflect how much time and effort I’ve put into learning a particular subject but unfortunately not my current skill level.
I don’t want to sound negative here or put myself down. I’m just trying to explain thing from my own point of view. I want to foster a “can do” attitude to my Treehouse education.
Sometimes my disability gets me down. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and it gets too much. At such times it would be easy for me to take a step back or give up altogether. But when I get those thoughts I toss them aside as best as I can.
It’s my firm belief that one day something is going to “click” in my brain and I’m going to get it right. It’ll take hard work and dedication; the same as any Treehouse student but I believe I can do it.
In spite of everything that I said Treehouse has taught me a great deal and I’m confident this is the place to help me reach my goals.
I’m very interested to see how many other students out there would consider themselves Neuro-diverse and how they overcome their difficulties on a daily basis. Everyone is capable on Treehouse, even me with my Dyspraxia. 🙂