It seems like the number of categorizable brain quirks could be endless. I kind of think we’re only now starting to get an idea of just how many ways individual brains can differ from the “norm.”
I sometimes transpose numbers, but there doesn’t seem to be any pattern to it. I suspect that it’s more of a single mistake, than a processing problem.
But, I am mildly dyslexic. (I mix up b/d/p/q and others depending on the font.) And at 32, after going through a whole battery of tests for ADHD, it was discovered that I have some sort of non-specified math learning disability. My analytical, verbal and memory skills are fine, but my math skills are very much less developed. I always knew that, but it was interesting to have it confirmed. I was told that if I was still in school, I would’ve been encouraged to take special math classes to help me learn how to get past the problems.
Those problems are kind of hard to describe and they sort of fit in with the dyscalculia info. I can’t count change unless I touch every piece, and I have to sort it as I count. I couldn’t read a map until my late 20s. I couldn’t tell N, E, W or S until my 30s. I find it hard to work with even small, simple numbers without a calculator. Balancing my checkbook is a majory deal for me. Most of the time I don’t know how much money I have. If I don’t use a calculator, I have to still make marks to carry the one or change 0 to 9 when subtracting. I had to work for weeks to memorize the multiplication tables - my parents quizzed me nightly and it was a horrible experience for us all. Checking my work never helped; if 2+2=5 the first time, it did so the second & third times, too. I was pretty much in hell mathwise until my senior year of high school. It was at that point that math started getting more theorhetical, and then it finally made sense. I actually enjoyed analytical geometry.
But, unlike the dyscalculia profile, I can do fractions and percentages just fine, although they were hard to learn at first. I played the flute for years, so no musical problems. And I can plan, although that’s harder.
I’ve got a few other brain processing quirks. I have a horrible time with foreign languages. I took three years of Latin and had to look at the declension chart or the verb conjugation chart and the dictionary for just about every freaking word, no matter how many times I’d translated it before. Spanish was almost as bad, and Old English was pretty awful, too. This stuff sounds like a memory problem, but it’s not. I routinely memorized hundreds of facts for art history tests in a single night with no problem, and surprising amounts of retention. But languages…no way.
I’m also unable to spell certain words when others recite them to me. Comisky is a good example. It I didn’t know that it’s spelled with a C and you told me you were going to Comisky Park to watch a game, I’d hear it as Komisky. I’d write it down as Komisky, even if you spelled it out properly for me. But, if you’d just show it to me, no problem. I have this problem with j and g, too. I’m a reference librarian, and I have people spelling things to me constantly. I often have to ask them to print that stuff out, or ask them to look on the screen and see if I’ve spelled their search correctly.
And, when I’m reshelving books (which I don’t do very often, thank goodness) I have to recite the whole alphabet to get things in the right order. Sometimes I’m lucky and can just go L or something, but most of the time I have to go from the beginning of the alphabet and work my way to the section I’m working on.
Oh, and I have to think at stop lights: green is go. For some reason my natural tendancy to thinkg red means go. I got over that one really quickly.
I doubt there’s one word that describes all of that stuff. And really, that’s fine. Most of it is stuff I’ve learned to deal with over the years. I know how to work around my brain. But there’s no doubt in my mind that there are some processing problems going on.