As some of you know I'm working on my teacher credential. Back in January when I took my first class we were learning about phonemic awareness (ability to hear distinct sounds in words and manipulate them). One of the activities is to remove the sound from the center of a word and replace it with a new sound. This isn't done in writing but purely auditorily. Example: delete the /e/ in send and replace it with /a/ to get sand. I was trying to do this and I can't! I can do initial sounds but not middle sounds and struggle with end sounds. I thought "If I can't do it how can a 1st grader?" But sure enough, they can rattle them right off! Then I started this Special education class and found out there is actually a learning disability that relates. I also have problems following verbal directions that have more than 2 steps and have problems remembering a name 5 seconds after someone introduces themself to me. Obviously if I have a learning disability it is mild and only effects me on a day to day basis with the name thing and following verbal directions. I've learned to cope with other issues (like not being able to hear a lecturer/teacher unless I can see their lips moving-- I sit in the front of the class). And it never affected my ability to read. (although it may explain some the whether/rather problem). So here is my question: If you were in my shoes (oops, no shoes on right now) would you get yourself tested to see if you have a learning disability or not? Why? I'm not sure I want to know. But if there are coping strategies beyond what I already do then I'd benefit from them. Not being able to remember peoples names is very embarassing.