re: How Dyslexia helped me become a programmer VIEW POST


I suspect I have dyspraxia but it is not well known in the US so I haven't been formally diagnosed. I might have some dyslexia and dyscalculia as well, hard to know since I was homeschooled and once you're an adult it can be challenging to access diagnostics. I think a lot of people find the way I work "weird" or even "infuriating" but it works for me. I think an advantage is I'm a lot more careful with my work, I can't take things for granted. When I first heard of Test Driven Development I adopted it immediately because it is an extra layer of protection from myself. Other people need it too...I just need it the most 😂.

The most challenging things for me job-wise are probably white boarding and pair programming. I don't really work out things the same way as most people.


It seems like dyspraxia is a realitvely new term in the UK as well with only recently being diagnosed as a condition. I have a friend in the US that was diagnosed with dyspraxia after he came out of school, he shared the same issue as you trying to get a diagnosis. He recommended this site that has some great information and help on the condition.

A lot of people often find my methods of working to be weird, annoying or just dumb and often have to explain to people why I do X in X way instead of their ways. At the end of the day if it works for you then that's the main thing.

If you do get tested I wish you the best of luck!

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