Parent of a slow processing child who is intelligent

Yes, I have witnessed it for 18 years. I can see how the slow processing speed prevents some information from the person who has it. It is like they hear the every other statement because they are still processing the first statement when the second is spoken. In reading they are slow because the have to process every statement before going to the next.

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Oct 06, 2012
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Slow processing speed 2
by: Anonymous

This is a continuation of my first comment because of the 3000 char, limit. The social saftey net in the US is badly broken. Section 8 has waiting lists, it is difficult to navigate, the so called fair market rents Hud allows when your getting $700 a month disability doesn't alow you to rent an average single family home. Just a small apartment where the needs of someone with processing disorders can never be met. The minute you make a dollar to try to get ahead, they take it away from you in your housing voucher, and your food stamps so there is no incentive to even bother trying. Police officers harrass you if you look OK but have trouble comunicating or understanding them if they pull you over for a tail light that is burned out. They acuse you of drinking when you can't walk a streight line because of vestibular processing problems made worse by the emotional stress, which leads to stimulus overload and an inability to function. We are the children that are beat up and terrorized by the bullies on the playground on the school buses and in the neighborhoods. I stopped taking the school bus because I couldn't handle the stimulas or the noise. I walked or hitch hiked miles to school and my mom never knew about it. If your child shows signs of SPD or high functioning Autism, get help for them early. I wish I had had the intervention I needed. My life would have been very different.

Oct 06, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Testing results from my college days showed I also have slow processing speed in some areas. "I'm in my 50s now." There are other areas where my processing speed is much faster than the norm, such as reading music and playing violin,etc. I'm also very good in emergencies and have saved the lives of two people, someone drowning in a lake and someone with epilepsy having a seizure in the middle of the road at the bottom of a short,blind hill."running to the top of the hill, standing in the middle of the road and stopping traffic. I never even thought about what I was doing, it all happened so fast. On the other hand I have not been very successful working for others due to difficulty processing complex social interactions in busy, crowded places. I avoid these situations when I can. I have internal regulation processing problems where my heart rate and breathing won't speed up during excercize so I have to warm up very slowly or the pain is terrible every where in my body. Clothing bothers me. The most comfortable I have ever been was visiting clothing optional beaches and hot springs.LOL. I can tell you as an adult that having this kind of invisible disability is a nightmare in the USA where there is so much judgment of those that don't "pull themselves up by their own bootstraps" and it's an "every man for himself" attitude. Having these problems as an adult makes it difficult to communicate to others that you have hidden disabilities and are limited in some areas. Some people think your faking it because they can't see the processing disability, only the results which can lead to judgment, loss of friends and even family. Having the wrong combination of processing can lead to social isolation, anxiety and depression, ptsd, etc. You can end up living under a bridge with out intervention. It can be that bad. "more in the next comment"

Jun 12, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I too have seen it with my 12 yr old son. He was diagnosed 2 yrs ago as moderate retarded. The tester said he felt my son would have been able to answer more correctly if he could have more time to process each question, but everything had a time limit. He is very slow with getting thoughts out and it is frustrating when people get impatient and either tell him to hurry up or try to finish the sentence for him.

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