What is Adult Dyslexia – features and characteristics
In almost all cases of Dyslexia the problem starts during the early childhood. In a large number of such cases the parents fail to correctly identify the condition and think of their child’s learning problems as part of a normal growing up phenomenon and hence do not take any corrective measures. In such cases the condition carries on with the child into his/her teens and further into adulthood, resulting in adult Dyslexia.
Unlike Dyslexia in children, adult Dyslexia is much more prominent in its features and characteristics. This is because a higher degree of maturity is expected from adults and Dyslexia in adults blows up any shortcomings of any adult. Be it normal day to day function or any specialized/specific activities, Dyslexia in adults jeopardizes each and every aspect of the life of the affected person.
How Dyslexia affects Adults?
Dyslexia in adults can be very comprehensive in its manifestation. The affected person would develop a dislike for carrying on with education, even if the person is very intelligent. If the person has a job, then that person would find the job as a boring routine. Such persons could also experience severe attacks of anger, frustration and stress. All of this could even lead to severe depression.
Signs of Dyslexia in Adults
Dyslexia in adults has wide ranging symptoms and hence it is much easier to make out a Dyslexic person. Following could be the most common signs of Dyslexia in adults. A Dyslexia adult would:
- Have a low self esteem.
- Not like to read or make notes.
- Not be able to concentrate on the work being executed.
- Make repeated errors in spellings words. Such pronunciation mistakes would be repeated by the person even after bringing the same to his/her notice.
- Find it easy to learn from practical setup i.e. exhibition, testing and watching. Would not be so much interested in theory based activities.
- Pretend to be smart enough to judge other people. However, most of the times such judgments would not at all be correct.
- Remain engrossed in his/her own world without paying any attention to the ongoing activities around him/her.
- Show extreme degrees of memory, i.e. the person may either be able to remember even a happening of very distant past, or sometimes may not even remember an event that occurred just a few days/hours ago.
- Have difficulty in getting his/her math concepts on to a paper, i.e. the person may find math interesting but cannot do the calculations on paper.
- Have difficulty in simple counting.
- Find it difficult to get a sense of directions and hence would also not be able to read maps expected of a grown-up individual.
- Have a very poor estimation, i.e. the person would not be able to estimate distances, expenditure totals etc.
Adult Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities generally start during the childhood and if they are not taken care of, they turn into adult learning disabilities. Now, these adult learning disabilities are much greater in their effect and make it very difficult for a person to carry out the daily necessary activities.
Some of the major adult learning disabilities are Dyslexia; Dyscalculia (problem with calculations); Dysgraphia (problem with writing things); Dyspraxia (problem with the motor skills); Central Auditory Processing Disorder (problem in hearing fast spoken sentences etc.); and Attention Deficit Disorder (problem with concentrating).