Does the condition change over time without any intervention?
I don’t know if the word “condition” is helpful here, as again it suggests that we are dealing with a disease. Yes, there is dis-ease here, but not a pathological one. I have talked to many adults who
have never received any help or intervention during school or after.
What I have found is that they have become masters of home-grown solutions. Often they tell me that they used to be dyslexic, but not anymore. No, they still don’t read much, and if they have to, they read a text several times to fully understand it. Or I have adult clients read a page, almost without a single mistake, but when I ask them what they read, they would tell me an entirely different story. They are almost surprised that I point that out, as normally people wouldn’t notice. So, great storytelling helps. Having a secretary helps. Having a wife who takes care of these “things” helps. Spelling is often an issue, writing as well, but their intuition, intelligence and resilience compensates for many shortcomings. Often intervention is only an option if there is a danger of losing the job, or they are seeking a higher position which requires them to write reports, or they have children who want to have dad read a story to them at night.
Generally, learning problems don’t disappear over time, without any intervention, but more coping strategies will be used and cover up the difficulties.
(from ‘the Right Brain for the Right Time’ by Barbara Hoi)