Characteristics in Adults

These characteristics can vary from day-to-day, or minute-to-minute. The most consistent thing about them is their inconsistency.

WORK RELATED

  • Employed in areas that emphasize use of visual imagery. (Entrepreneurs, engineers, tradesmen, artists, executives, ITs, salesmen or athletes.)

  • Difficulty focusing on the task at hand: may excel at multitasking.

VISION AND READING

  • Experiences headaches, stomach aches or stress while reading.

  • Confused by letters, numbers, words or sequences.

WRITING & SPELLING

  • Trouble with writing or copying, pencil grip is unusual, hand cramps up, handwriting varies or is illegible.

  • Poor spelling; relies on “spell-check” before sending emails, memos or documents.

DIRECTIONALITY

  • Difficulty with North, East, South and West

  • Reading a map

  • Confuses left and right.

HEARING & SPEECH

  • Appears to hear things not said or apparent to others; argues frequently; often accused of “not listening.”

  • Difficulty putting thoughts into words, stutters under stress, mispronounces long words, or transposes phrases, words and syllables when speaking.

  • Easily distracted or frustrated by sounds when trying to focus.

 

SOCIAL SKILLS

  • Withdrawn or fearful of social situations which are out of their “comfort zone.”

  • May be loud, boisterous, inappropriate or offensive in social situations.

  • Unaware of others or very empathetic of others.

MATH AND TIME MANAGEMENT

  • Has difficulty managing time: consistently late or too early, difficulty predicting how long a task may take.

  • Dependent on finger counting, calculators and other math tricks.

  • Difficulty counting objects or dealing with money.

  • May show exceptional talent in math.

 

 

MOTOR SKILLS

  • Clumsy (need to hold onto a handrail when descending stairs, difficulty throwing accurately, inability to stand on one foot)

  • Prone to motion sickness.

  • Above average athletic ability.

MEMORY AND COGNITION

  • Excellent long-term memory for experiences, locations, faces and specialized areas of interest.

  • Poor memory for sequences, names, facts and information that has not been experienced.

  • Thinks primarily with images and feeling, not sounds or words.

  • Skilled at problem-solving – may have an answer well before others.

 

 

BEHAVIOR AND PERSONALITY

  • Extremely disorderly (loses keys, glasses, etc.) or compulsively orderly.

  • Fussy eaters or sensitive to foods, additives or chemical products.

Used with Permission. Stacey Smith. (2009) “Adult Characteristics of Dyslexia.”  Rocky Point Academy. www.rockypointacademy.com

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