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