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Any of these familiar?

Symptoms of Weak Cognitive Skills

Are you or someone you love showing the warning signs of a cognitive weakness?

What are cognitive skills?

Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. Working together, they take incoming information and move it into the bank of knowledge you use every day at school, at work, and in life. 

Each of your cognitive skills plays an important part in processing new information. That means if even one of these skills is weak, no matter what kind of information is coming your way, grasping, retaining, or using that information is impacted.

In fact, most learning, reading, attention, memory, and even math struggles are caused by one or more weak cognitive skills.

Whether you're an average, good or high-performing person wanting to sharpen your brain skills even further - or someone struggling with one or more weak cognitive skills that are making life harder than it should be - a weak cognitive skill or combination of weak cognitive skills could present as one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Lots of unfinished projects

  • Jumping from task to task

  • Easily distracted

  • Difficulty multitasking

  • Battling to keep paying attention for a period of time

  • Frequent (same/similar) mistakes

  • Struggling with maths and problem solving

  • Forgetting names

  • Struggling with reading, reading fluency or reading comprehension

  • Forgetting regularly scheduled meetings and deadlines

  • Difficulty retrieving information on the spot/under pressure

  • Doing poorly on tests or exams

  • Have to go through the information you need to know before a meeting/test/exam shortly before you need it - otherwise you forget

  • Forgetting things you used to know

  • Difficulty relaying information, especially in your own words

  • Taking a long time to finish homework/assignments

  • Having to read directions or instructions again and again

  • Rushing through tasks and missing all the details

  • Difficulty visualising processes or formulas

  • Difficulty remembering or following multi-step directions

  • Forgetting what was just said in a conversation/meeting

  • Frequently asking "What do I do next?" or saying " I don't understand" or "I don't get this"

  • Feeling stuck or overwhelmed - difficult finding a starting point

  • Struggling with learning

  • Difficulty remembering what you've just read

  • Difficulty following directions, reading maps

  • Taking a long time to complete tasks, frequently being the last one in a group to finish something, the "slow" one, usually battle to finish exams or time-restricted work assignments

This list should be used as a general guideline only. 

Our first point of departure is always a Cognitive Skills Assessment to pinpoint strong and weak cognitive skills. 

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