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Dyslexia

raingirl
September 15th, 2005, 01:12 PM
What kind of doctor do you go see if you think you are dyslexic.

I have been noticing since about late highschool that I have a problem with mixing up letters and numbers. If someone recites a phone number, I often mix up the numbers, or have to have it repeated to get it right. When I write works, I often get the letters out of order. I will look at words and they look right to me, and then later people point out spelling mistakes.

I also have problems with my short term memory and speaking, often having trouble saying what I mean or what is in my head, or recalling words.

I am afraid it's making me look sloppy at work, or...like I don't pay attention to detail. But that's opposite really, since I tend to tripple check everything. Still, there are always mistakes I miss.

I really don't know where to go from here. Who do I ask? Where do I go?

I was just on this site:

http://www.ufi.com/dyslexia/identification/manifest.html

and I feel I fit into a lot of the catagories listed.

Writing4Fun
September 15th, 2005, 01:44 PM
I think you start by talking to your family physician, and they then refer you to the appropriate specialist. At least, that's how it works for my kids.

Prin
September 15th, 2005, 03:06 PM
Would it be a speech pathologist? My friend is finishing her master's in it right now, so I'll ask her who she thinks is appropriate. :)

Copper'sMom
September 15th, 2005, 03:22 PM
I have been noticing since about late highschool that I have a problem with mixing up letters and numbers. If someone recites a phone number, I often mix up the numbers, or have to have it repeated to get it right. When I write works, I often get the letters out of order. I will look at words and they look right to me, and then later people point out spelling mistakes.

I also have problems with my short term memory and speaking, often having trouble saying what I mean or what is in my head, or recalling words.

OMG! I am the same way. :eek: I used to be so good at spelling and these days, I constantly have to check the dictionary for the correct spelling.......that is assuming I can find the correct spelling in the dictionary! I am sort of a perfectionist and when something isn't spelled correctly, it bugs the hell out of me! Short term memory and speaking......exactly the way it is for me too. This is scary.

I often wondered if it was just because I'm always in such a hurry to do everything. Why?? I have no idea. My fiance thinks I have AADD or whatever that's called. He gets mad because I constantly forget things he tells me and he thinks I'm not paying attention but I am! I just can't remember it!!! I can't seem to learn anyhting new either. I just can't remember - I usually have to write it down or print it off the internet so I can read it over and over. I am so very forgetful.

debanneball
September 15th, 2005, 04:12 PM
Raingirl, you are doing the right thing, trying to find out more about your maybe-problem. My brother has it...when he was young, he was left handed, the teachers all tried to get him to switch to his right hand, he never got it, and he mixed up letters and numbers. To him, they looked right, but to others, they were wrong. The end result, my brother is a very successful business man, and he thanks spell check every day. And, Copper'sMom, my husband says I have a 'seive (like a metal strainer) brain', that I don't listen to him, and to tell you the truth, a lot of times, I don't listen...after all, he's cracked!! ;)

StaceyB
September 15th, 2005, 05:26 PM
I would seek out medical help but you can also do stuff on your own. There are activities online that you can do that would be helpful.

Schwinn
September 16th, 2005, 09:29 AM
You need to get a referral from your family Dr, who will usually refer you to a psychiatrist (which is good, because only a psychiatrist is covered by OHIP). With things like ADD, you want to be VERY careful self-diagnosing, because everyone fits the basic symptoms at one time or another. This is why in the US there is such controversy, because children are being diagnosed by non-professionals. In Canada, it is the opposite. Most professionals will remain skeptical until they actually test you and confirm you have it. Cheryl referes to it as "something shiny" disease. She says if I'm talking, then she has to be careful there is nothing shiny around that will distract me. "So then I was telling my manager that...oh, a button!" However, she also resents my super-powers, that I can carry on a conversation and watch TV. Or maybe it's because I wear my underwear over my tights...

Prin
September 16th, 2005, 11:52 AM
LOL Schwinn. ALL guys say they can watch tv and listen. They CAN'T. They can watch tv and watch tv. :D A guy's version of multitasking. :D

Writing4Fun
September 16th, 2005, 01:08 PM
A guy's version of multitasking. :D
That would be "picture in picture". ;)

Schwinn
September 16th, 2005, 01:39 PM
LOL Schwinn. ALL guys say they can watch tv and listen. They CAN'T. They can watch tv and watch tv. :D A guy's version of multitasking. :D

It's funny you mention that. That's what Cheryl said. I said, "Fine, you just said to me " and I repeated the conversation to her verbatum. She just blinked and said, "Oh." Now, she'll be talking, and then when I do it again, she just says, "I hate your superpowers!" I told her she was just jealous, and she said yes, yes she was. We have determined, however, that Lance Armstrong and rally racing, however, are both like my kryptonite. I fail to notice much else when either one is on. Now, that commercial where he drives the Subaru WRX (basically the closest you can get to a commercially available rally car)? That's pretty tough. Add a Domino's sign to the roof, and forget getting through to me.

Prin
September 16th, 2005, 03:25 PM
Yeah but it doesn't count when she asks you to listen first. Tell her, she has to ramble on and on before and then ask what she was talking about. :D

doggy lover
September 18th, 2005, 07:01 PM
My son has learning disabilities, as you call dyslexia, he was diagnosed by the school phycoligist. He has learned to deal with it, is in a special ed class and so on, he will never out grow it but learning alternative methods of learning is a great help. In some ways he is very smart but he has memory retention problems, more so with stuff that he is not interested in ( I personally think its male selective hearing) but all joking aside he is a great kid, just needs extra help and a little more time to grasp things.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
September 18th, 2005, 07:26 PM
I am leaning towards that way too, I have a hard time reading because I have a lazy eye and basically have to cover one eye or I basically see double. Also at work I will enter numbers correctly because I am really focused but find it hard to read them back and usually mix up my numbers. If its more than a 10 or so digit number that I have to copy I have to be so careful or I usually mix up the numbers. Also the phone numbers on the computer screen at work dont have any spaces in them and it makes it really hard to read them, plus the font is really small. I usually go home with a headache everyday.