I can’t follow verbal instructions – unless you give me each item one step at a time.
Spoken words are often misheard due to sensory issues so it is easy for me to misunderstand verbal directions.
If you start to give me a list of things to do and I can’t find a notepad I may start to panic.
If we are out in public and you tell me I need to remember to do something later – it probably won’t happen.
My working memory is not great and I have to make checklists and keep a calendar to stay organized.
If I am trying to hold information in my brain (by saying the thing over and over again in my head) and someone interrupts me mid task the information is lost forever – even if it’s something simple like a first and last name.
Typed or written instructions are best for me, this allows me time to translate the task into my own way of thinking – which is primarily visual.
Also, because I tend to take things very literally, this allows me time to question if my assumptions about the instructions make since – preventing embarrassing mistakes.
Please don’t tell me what you need me to do – unless you know I’m ready to write things down. I hate letting people down but I REALLY can’t follow spoken directions