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Joined: Dec 26, 2011
Posted Dec 26, 2011 at 4:23:10 PM
Subject: Spelling Disability?
I'm an adult of about 30 years who has never learned to spell properly. During my early education, I was given remedial spelling tests because I had fallen behind the other students (my spelling issues were not identified early). I could memorize the spelling words for the tests but could not retain it. I still cannot retain the information. I vaguely remember learning phonics in second grade, but it didn't stick. By high school teachers had given up on teaching me spelling. After all, with spell check it was not a huge issue. On some level this is true--most of my writing for work, graduate school, and entertainment is done on the computer. It doesn't help with homonyms, of course. However, my profession requires that I write extensively away from electronics, and I am very anxious and embarrassed when coworkers attempt to read my field notes. I know that people judge your intelligence by your spelling (think of all the undereducated posting on forms like this) and I don't want to be thought of as uneducated or stupid. My spelling really upsets me.
Lately, I have had to focus on my spelling more than usual. My new phone has spell check for text messages; however, it is not as expert as Word or my iPad. It can't figure out what I am trying to spell much of the time. This has made me use a dictionary app on my phone more often (I refuse to send misspelled texts). Consequently, I have noticed some patterns. Vowels appear to be my main difficulty. For example, I needed to spell menace (as in Denis the Menace) and the phone could not figure out any of the following spellings: minice, minace, minuce, menise, minins, etc. When I thought about it more, I realized that all those spellings of menace sounded the same to me. I am not sure I have the ability to hear the difference between certain sounds, especially vowels. Decide, dicide, ducide, and dacide all sound the same to me.
Is there a diagnosis for this problem? I am very curious if anyone else has been tested or knows anything about such a spelling issue.
To my knowledge I have no other language issues. I never had trouble reading or writing in school. Math was a complete different issue. I have both conceptual and arithmetic issues, such as I can't hold a number in my head to preform calculations.
Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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Joined Sep 28, 2011
Posted:Dec 27, 2011 3:20:18 AM
Subject:Re: Spelling Disability?
Hi Faunal and welcome here,
Their is something called Auditory Processing Disorder, APD, which you could look into?
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