Dyslexia in Adults


Adults often ask me if they could be dyslexic, too – so I sourced some points that can help. Even if only 10 of them apply to you, chances are that you are fortunate enough to be Dyslexic:

These characteristics are often inconsistent, and vary depending upon the day or situation.

At work, DO YOU:

  • Work at a job that will hide your difficulties or doesn’t require a lot of reading and writing.
  • Work in a higher position that requires a secretary to write etc.
  • Hide literacy difficulties from your colleagues, friends and family.
  • Become frustrated attending “boring meetings” and slow or orderly tasks – often feeling you  already have the answer and how to do it.
  • Get easily frustrated or anxious with new situations, boss or co-workers
  • Feel overwhelmed by new or unexpected tasks
  • Choose or prefer a visual, tactile, kinaesthetic career like: Designer, Architect, Engineer, Trade, Mechanic, Artist, Interior Decorator, Actor, Musician, Athlete, Sportsman, Inventor, Builder or Business Executive (usually with assistants).
  • Display lack of concentration or difficulty to focus on one task – may prefer to multi-task
  • Pass on promotion to avoid having to write reports
  • Avoid tests –  have difficulty passing standardised tests, sometimes blocking achievements or promotions.
  • Consider yourself highly successful and driven – or an ‘underachiever’, not living up to potential.
  • Come up with creative new ideas, that are out-of-the-box
  • Try to avoid reading Manuals, rather learning by experience, hands-on or demonstrations.
  • Watch the YouTube clip on how-to-do anything.
  • See yourself as practical, street smarts and a good judge of character.
  • Make choices intuitively or instinctively
  • Display a sixth sense, or read people’s energy
  • Remember having struggled in school, with reading, writing and/or Maths.
  • Rely on others to assist you, having become a skilful delegator
  • Make frequent spelling mistakes

At home, DO YOU:

  • Have poor recall of conversations or sequence of events, often arguing the opposite.
  • Have a dyslexic child or children and sometimes feel guilty seeing them struggle.
  • Feel insecure or avoid reading to your own children or helping them with homework.
  • Get easily distracted, stressed, frustrated and/or overwhelmed
  • Appear to “zone out” and retreat to your own world
  • Play computer or video games.
  • Get told you mispronounce words, without realising it.
  • Excel at sport
  • Have excellent memory of some events and hardly remember stories from your school days
  • Remember people’s faces, but not their names
  • Get accused of not listening
  • Find it hard to remember verbal instructions
  • Avoid reading out loud
  • Read silently or speed-read
  • Fun to be around, coming up with humour and games
  • Find that comprehension depends on the subject matter
  • Frequently have to re-read sentences in order to comprehend.
  • Quickly become tired or bored of reading.
  • Rely on your partner for literacy tasks
  • Like writing capital letters only or use poor handwriting to mask spelling mistakes.
  • Guess the use of punctuation marks
  • Find hard Maths easier than simple Maths.
  • Have left/right confusions
  • Lose track of time and are either always late or obsessively punctual, finding it hard to estimate time passed
  • Lack self-esteem
  • Function poorly in situations of stress or distraction.
  • Live rather disorderly or are you compulsively orderly

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