Location: Washington, USA Posts: 113 Joined: 2011-04-23
Hi all! I am just wondering if it is possible to have Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, and ADD. Last year I was diagnosed with ADD, so I know I have it.
A few days ago I went in to get tested for Dyslexia, but my therapist thinks I also have Dyspraxia and I would like to get tested for Dyscalculia. I will describe some of my basic symptoms below.
Dyslexia (occurs daily):
* Adding/skipping words/letters/punctuation when reading.
* Sometimes switching order of words when reading.
* Switching words and sounds when speaking ("May" instead of "October", "spell" instead of "spill", "laughing" instead of "barking", etc).
* Run into walls often.
* Used to trip over stairs.
* Grip pencil too hard, causing cramps.
* Difficulty with sports (throwing/kicking/catching a ball especially).
* Have the magical ability to run into a door frame, even if it is 6 feet wide.
* Often run into shelves and people too.
* Often hit curbs when driving. Once hit a car due to inability to judge distance and depth.
* Inability to do basic math.
* Difficulty doing mental math.
* Often count on fingers.
* Cannot read a map (just looks like a picture of lines).
* Confuse left and right.
* Cannot remember most street names, and do not know where cities/towns are.
* Cannot figure tips, sales tax, total price when shopping, etc.
* Have the ability to learn a math process for about 10 seconds, and then forget how to do it.
Those are just to name a few.
* Dyspraxia is a motor/coordination problem. It basically means that people with Dyspraxia have poor hand-eye coordination, which can cause difficulty not only with sports, but with gripping items (pens/pencils, untencils, toothbrushes, etc). People with Dyspraxia also tend to have poor depth perception and difficulty estimating things like weight, distance, length, etc. Some people, like me, also have issues with estimating to correct amounts of each ingredient when cooking.
Anywho, I am somewhat confused because Dyslexia, ADD, Dyspraxia, and Dyscalculia have many similar signs, so I can't tell if I have all three. Just have to get tested...
I think it's certainly possible - and not un-common - for someone to have all of the things you mention. The only way to determine really is to get tested by a very knowledgeable educational psychologist or neurologist who has experience testing ADULTS for all of them.
I was in college at the time and was referred to my DVR for testing<state rehab agency>.
oh, just wanted to add - in your symptom list for math LD <dyscalculia> I fit most of those. I also have some of the motor-spatial difficulties in the dyspraxia listing you have, though I was never tested for that.