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
Function poorly in situations of stress or distraction.
Live rather disorderly or are you compulsively orderly