Learning disorders are lifelong and enduring, which means that children with learning disorders will become adults and parents with learning disorders. The way in which a learning disorder affects an individual can change as they progress through school and into adulthood, but it is common for adults to continue to experience difficulties in reading, spelling, mathematics and aspects of writing throughout their lives.

Overall, it is not uncommon for many adults with learning disorders to experience difficulties in the following areas:
  • Reading quickly and being able to understand what was read;
  • Keeping their place easily when reading;
  • Remembering how to spell common, every day words;
  • Writing sentences, resulting in reluctance to write;
  • Completing work at the same pace as others;
  • Finding the right word or words to say
  • Getting words mixed up when reading or speaking
  • Following along in long converstions
  • Holding information in short-term memory or working memory
  • Planning and organising
  • Maintaining focus and motivation when asked to complete a lot of admin tasks, or tasks with a large amount of reading or spelling.
  • Telling the time and getting to places at the right time

Whilst it is expected that adults with learning difficulties will continue to experience difficulties with reading, spelling, written expression and/or maths throughout their lives, with appropriate supports and accommodations, they can experience success in a wide range of educational settings and vocations.

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