Learning Difficulties in Adults – How to Read the Signs and Symptoms


Experts suggests that one out of six adults0020have struggles in reading. Difficulties related to learning are one of prime reasons that teens and college kids often leave their education. The first step of helping an DULT WHO IS UNDERGOING LEARNING difficulties is to identify the kind of learning disorders or disabilities that are holding them back from their work. Here are some of the signs you will notice in someone who are having problems with their learning.

Poor Spelling

We live in an age where we rarely pay attention to spelling errors thanks to autocorrect. Any of the spelling errors we do detect in someone else’s writing is often ignored as typing errors. However, inconsistency in spelling in adults might be a sign of a learning disability. If you see them spelling a word one way on one day and in another way in next day these might not be typing errors at all. Especially when they find it is hard to spell out high frequency words or find it difficult to sound out words a learning disability maybe the reason behind it.

Low Self-Esteem

Low self-esteem is a popular sign among those who are facing learning disorders. Those who are undergoing learning disorders often have a negative attitude towards themselves; negative view of themselves and their skills and capabilities. Feelings of low self-confidence due to learning difficulties often develop around a younger age when they first experience struggles in studies and find it hard to complete school work or to keep up with the rest of the students.  These feelings can develop and continue during the adulthood, especially if they are not identified when they are younger.

Trouble in Focus and Organization

Adults with learning disorders can sometimes be identifies with troubles in paying attention to certain things. They tend to ‘tune out’ of certain conversations or find it difficult to sit in one place for a longer period of time. These are often the common signs of ADHD (Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder). They might also show signs of poor time management skills, frequent mood swings, and impulsiveness. If you have these signs or know someone who displays these signs you can get diagnosed at an institution such as Learning Curve Psychology to identify if they are signs of ADHD.

Avoiding Learning Activities

Some adults tend to avoid learning activities that includes reading, writing or calculations altogether because they are insecure about their skills. They might be hesitant to engage in any activates that involve these tasks. When applying for jobs they tend to apply for positions that are below their skills level as a result. This can also lead to them avoiding any social gatherings or social events that would make them interact with other people as a result of fearing their illiteracy being exposed.

If any of the above sigs are displayed by an adult, it might be the result of a learning disability that they experience. However, it is not difficult to treat these conditions after identifying them. With the right kind of support and resources they will be able to perform to the best of their ability.