Psycho-Academic "Syndromes" of College Students with Learning Disabilities
Fresh Start Syndrome:
"My learning disability is all behind me. I don't have to deal with it anymore. No one needs to know about it."
- Denies Learning Disability
- Does not seek help.
I'm No Different Syndrome:
"I can compete on the same terms. I can take just as many units and engage in just as much extra-curricular activity as any other student."
- Take too many units.
- Spends too much time participating in social functions.
- Is employed too many hours per week.
Bail Out Syndrome:
"There's just too much to do. I can't do it. I've got to get out."
- Drops into a cycle of learned helplessness.
- Stops doing academic work.
- Stops going to classes, but does not officially withdraw from them.
Everything is O.K. Syndrome:
"I'm doing fine in all my classes. I'm not having any problems at all."
- Reports are inaccurate.
- Does not want to admit that he/she is having difficulty.
Bail Me Out Syndrome:
"I really got myself into trouble. I need you to get me out."
- Requests that the Disability Services Office contacts professors and gets them out of their mess.
- Usually waits until the last few weeks of the semester.
Change My Grade Syndrome:
"I'm not worried, I can get the instructor to change my grade."
- Has developed strategies for convincing professors that they deserve a better grade.
They Don't Understand Syndrome:
"It's not my fault. The professor just doesn't understand."
- Blames instructor for difficulties in class.
- Does not accept responsibility.
I Can't Do It Myself Syndrome:
"I can't do it. Can you or someone else do it for me?"
- Overly dependent on others.
- Attempts to get others to do the work for them.