Adult Dyslexia On Numbers And Codes

People with dyslexia can have problems on remembering numbers and codes. In the adult world, having this ability is important, since this is related in managing bank accounts and dealing with monetary issues.

Here are some techniques that most dyslexics use in order to cope up with their number problems.

Whole Number Method

Some people with dyslexia use the whole number method when they are trying to remember phone numbers. Here, you basically group the first three digits and consider it as a whole number. Then you divide the last four digits, into two groups, and consider them as two whole numbers.

For example, the phone number is 806-6757; this can be read as Eight hundred six, sixty seven, and fifty seven. By doing this method you are allowed to visualize the sounds of words, which make it harder for you to forget them.


Some dyslexics use the date method when remembering codes. For example you can use the year you were born as your door code number or pin number.

Pattern Method

Another method used in remembering numbers is through the use of patterns. By creating a pattern of numbers in the phone pad, it can be easier for you to remember the numbers. For example, “1478” makes a pattern of a capital “L” while “25846” makes a cross.

Use Your Knuckles

Most kids use this method to remember how many days are there in one month. Using this, even though you are not a kid is alright. In fact, a lot of dyslexic adults use this method, since you have your knuckles anywhere you go.

Comparing Numbers

Some dyslexics have problems with comparing numbers. Some do not have the ability to visually compare numbers. If you are having the same kind of problem, then you can try using your calculator to know that the numbers are different. You can do this by subtracting one number from the other. If you get a zero, then this means they are the same, if not, then they are different.

Money Matters

Some conditions of dyslexia may give you problems in counting money. Some people find this very embarrassing. To avoid counting out change, what is usually done by dyslexics is to be ready by simply having a larger bill than your estimated amount of purchase.

In this way you can accumulate a lot of change. You can then get rid of these by already counting out the exact amount of small purchases that you will be making in the near future. Putting the counted amount into a separate change purse then would make the whole process easier for you.

Dot Method

Some dyslexics that have problems in understanding number concepts and using this method is one way they help themselves. Here you visualize a specific pattern of dots for the numbers one to nine. Using a dice can be helpful too.


Some use their ability to draw in remembering phone numbers. In this method, you perceive the numbers as parts of a whole picture or drawing. The picture is what is then stored in your mind. With just a little concentration on your part, remembering numbers won’t be a problem anymore.

These are just some of the ways how some adults with dyslexia have managed to deal with their condition. However, you should take note that each technique can vary from one case to another. That is why its effectiveness can differ too.

Dyslexia and You

My name is Naomi Smith. I have struggled with and overcome severe learning disabilities that resulted from medication in childhood. I faced many challenges and achieved many triumphs in dealing with dyslexia. At Arizona State University, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters Degree in Curriculum Instruction for Early Childhood Education. To achieve this, I had to explore new ideas and be creative in overcoming my problems.

This website is dedicated to my younger sister who has encouraged me all throughout my educational success.

I provide helpful information and link to web sites from useful organizations. My website creates opportunities for students who struggle with learning disabilities.

We hope this information here helps you with new innovative learning alternatives so that you can have success on your journey in education.



Hello my name is Naomi. I was not born with dyslexia. When I was four years old I became very ill. One night my father was driving my family home from a nightly engagement. While getting me out of the car, he saw my eyes roll back in my head and rushed me to the hospital. I was unconscious and in a coma caused by measles. They gave me a drug to pull me out of the coma and this drug is what caused the dyslexia. This happened between 1970 and 1971. My mother told me all the children to whom the hospital gave this drug developed learning disabilities. The day I became dyslexic is the day my challenges began.

As an adult who suffers from severe dyslexia, looking back in my childhood, I can remember being in an inclusion class room from first grade to fifth grade. During this time I was integrated in regular classrooms for about a couple hours a day. During my academic program in the first five years I had the same teacher. Mrs. Howard. She really prepared me to do my best, to be successful, to be creative, to fight and never quit my education. She was able to bring my reading level to the sixth grade level. The barrier that I faced when I became a sixth-grader is that I was put into an inclusion classroom. This had no structure like my regular classroom.

There was very little education learning in my inclusive classroom. I listened to old 45 records and was teased profusely by my peers who were in regular classrooms. I wrote Mrs. Howard a letter stating that I did not want to be in the special education class any more. I told her what was going on in my special classrooms. I was not learning anything and I could not handle being teased any more. The learning material in my regular sixth-grade classroom was hard, but I told Mrs. Howard I could be successful in the regular classroom. I pleaded with her to help me convince my parents and the principal of the school, who was her husband, to put me in regular classroom. Within a month I was in a regular classroom. Since then I really had to fight hard to succeed in education. From my sixth-grade education to my college education I encountered teachers and professors who suggest that I quit school or college.

I made this web site with information which I gained through my education years. I believe the material will guide and encourage students and adults to be successful in their education and careers. Some of the information I came across by accident. For example, I went to a seminar that was provided by Disabilities Resource Center at Arizona State University. There was a doctor giving a seminar about mind mapping and meditation. I was so intrigued by the whole seminar that later in the week I e-mailed him to ask about mind mapping. Beginning with the seminar provided by Dr.Munn, I embarked on a journey that has not ended. I learned about focusing, calming your mind and body, having a positive attitude and believing in success. Dr. Munn came up with a learning strategy for a geology class that was extremely hard. He drew pictures of rocks and other terminology which help me to pass the course. Along with his wife, we are all very good friends.

I have encountered a lot of gracious people who helped me with my struggle in my undergraduate work and in the Masters program. Especially Jody and Marcia they both have always been there for me and help me to achieve whatever I was doing. My younger sister, to whom I dedicate this web site, gave me a lot of support when things looked especially bleak. Without her encouragement I do not believe I would have finished my education career. There are always problems that I face with my learning disability. However, if I have the faith and keep my determination there is nothing I cannot accomplish. I leave you with two quotes that I love and memorized. The first is from Winston Churchill. He said “Never… Never … Never… Never give up”. The last quote, from a sermon of Martin Luther King Jr’s father is, “Everyone can be great”. So, let us never give up and in so doing achieve greatness.


The first most important student with a learning disability should determine to never give up on their goals.

Helpful tips

Be on time for any lecture or exam.

Be organized (always have a schedule of your classes). Make sure all the exams, quizzes and homework are written down; go over it every day to make sure you are never late.

At the beginning of every class always introduce yourself to the professor or instructor. Let them know that you are a hard worker.  Some classes can be stumbling blocks and generally instructors may work with you to be successful.

Use liquid color highlighters when reading material

Color sticky pads

Color-code everything. (This is the helpful tool when reading or remembering a test)

Color layout sheets when reading  (

Tape recorder (Taping the lectures and going over it can reinforce the memory)

Always ask the professor or instructor before you tape their lectures.

Always have a note taker in the classroom if you are unable to take good notes.

If you are taking an exam and you need extra time, make sure you talk to the Disability Resources Center on your campus. This should be done at the beginning of each semester.

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