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Co-occurring difficulties : 3. Aspects of specific learning difficulties

3. Aspects of specific learning difficulties

Coping Strategies

By adulthood, many people with specific learning difficulties are able to compensate through technology, reliance on others and an array of self-help mechanisms. However, these strategies can break down under stressful conditions. 

Areas of Strength

People with specific learning difficulties can have a range of skills including:

  • Problem-solving and lateral thinking abilities;
  • an instinctive understanding of how things work;
  • originality;
  • creativity;
  • exceptional visual-spatial skills. 

Not all people with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties will necessarily have outstanding talents, but all will have comparative strengths and often demonstrate great perseverance and determination. Many say that their dyslexia has taught them to see the world in a different way, or it has taught them how to overcome challenges, or it has helped them to focus on their strengths.

Abagail’s Story

Abagail was assessed by Dyslexia Action when she was 7 years old. She is now 12 and has been having lessons at Dyslexia Action Nottingham, since she was diagnosed.

“When I was assessed, and they told me I was dyslexic, I felt like it was something new; a new thing that been made up, because no one had told me about dyslexia before."

On these pages you’ll find useful and up-to-date information about what dyslexia is and how it affects people

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