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Co-occurring Difficulties

 

Co-occurring difficulties can come up in expressive language, meaning writing, motor
co-ordination (ability to hold the pen), time management, concentration and personal organisation. On their own these are not markers of dyslexia. But they can make life, especially life with dyslexia, extra complicated.

Here are some of the ways that co-occurring difficulties can show up:

WRITING

  • immature handwriting
  • inconsistent letter formation
  • grammatical errors, because a person with dyslexia can’t recognise their error when reading over what they have written

MEMORY DIFFICULTIES

  • might take longer to store information into long-term memory
  • could need information presented more than once
  • poor working memory

 ORGANISATIONAL DIFFICULTIES

  • might seem to have a short attention span
  • might find it difficult to follow instructions
  • might find it hard to present ideas in a logical order.

 TIME MANAGEMENT

  • will need help to plan ahead or organise a work schedule
  • could have difficulty accurately estimating how much time it may take to complete a task

 MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

  • anxiety and depression
  • feelings of incompetence
  • negative self-talk: I’m stupid, I’m dumb
  • low self-esteem and confidence

ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)

Some people have said ADHD can be a co-occuring difficulty with dyslexia.  For more information you can visit SPELD NZ