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Joined: Jan 04, 2013
Posted Jan 04, 2013 at 8:13:52 PM
Subject: Making "stupid" mistakes
Hello everyone. I was diagnosed with a visual–spatial learning disability in 2009. I was suspected of having full-blown NLD, however I did not proceed with the remainder of the testing.
I'm having a problem that I'm not sure is related: I do things I have already learned how to do wrong. I either do the right thing the wrong way or the wrong thing the right way, or I forget half of whatever it was I was supposed to do.
Once I became aware of this problem, I started pausing and asking myself whether what I was doing was really correct. But answer at the time is always "yes" ...then a few hours or a day later I will realize my mistake. It does not seem to matter how often I have done the task before or how complicated it is.
Is this problem related to NLD or something similar? Is there anything I can do about it? It has gotten worse over the last few years, which has shattered my self-esteem, led to significant anxiety, and put me at risk of losing my job. I am in need of help but at this point I don't know whether I should be contacting a neurologist, a psychologist or a career counselor.
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Joined Sep 28, 2011
Posted:Jan 05, 2013 11:30:52 AM
Subject:Making "stupid" mistakes
Hi Millerb and welcome to the forum,
The real solution for you, is for you learn about NLD and what a visual-spatial learning disability actually is?
Where we have 3 different ways of thinking, auditory, visual and spatial.
So that what I want to highlight, is the difference between visual and spatial thinking?
But the problem for people with spatial thinking difficulties? Is that while we wouldn't expect a person with vision difficulties to be able to follow a map? Or a person with hearing difficulties to follow verbal directions? People with spatial difficulties are still expected to spatially organize their thinking?
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Joined Jan 04, 2013
Posted:Jan 05, 2013 1:10:03 PM
Subject:Re: Re: Making "stupid" mistakes
I believe the visual-spatial diagnosis is accurate. I did have problems learning to read and write but I got remedial at a young age and they got better. I think that's because I read a lot for enjoyment. I do still have trouble copying things down, and my handwriting is atrocious, but otherwise language is my one area of strength. It's everything else I have trouble with.
I was just rereading my diagnostic report and one of the things I scored low on was "executive functioning." I think this is the technical term for the "stupid mistake" problem that I'm describing – is that accurate?
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