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Is it possible for dyslexia and autism to be combined with a

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Is it possible for dyslexia and autism to be combined with a greatness in fields such as constructural engineering, when this person communicates in his/her own way a willingness and a need to be loved?


In a nutshell - yes! It is entirely possible to suffer from dyslexia or autism or a degree of both and be very successful or highly skilled in a specific vocational field. Dyslexia & autism like most psychiatric illnesses tend to occur along a continuum so there is huge variation in how any one individual person experiences either (or both) of those illnesses. Dyslexia typically involves a disturbance of learning proceses but this does not in any way mean a person cannot learn....they jut learn in a different way. Autism usually involvess (amongst other things) a disturbance of communication skills, but again this does not mean a person cannot communicate.

Just to check, is it possible that it is Aspergers & Dyslexia rather then Autism & Dyslexia? Autism & Asperger's are related but Asperger's is usually limited to a disturbance of social skills. Asperger's individuals are often highly skilled in specific vocational areas but struggle with interpersonal relationships & social communication skills. The combination of Aspergr's, Dyslexia & vocational excellenec is probably more common than the combination of Autism, Dyslexia & vocational excellence.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Dr John B

Yes, it may be Aspergers, as there was also a history of this in my late husband's family, so I recognise some of the traits there. I will certainly do whatever I can to make him feel comfortable as I realise how difficult social skills can be for persons with this life situation.

Thank you so much Dr John, with your assistance with this.


I'm glad I could be of some help. If you have further questions or would like me to elaborate on any part of my answer please let me know. Best of luck!
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