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Introduction to Adult Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a lifelong condition and cannot be “cured”, however dyslexic’s that have been diagnosed at school level and have intervention, which includes remedial tutoring on a one to one basis, identifying their strength of learning and putting copies strategies in place in order to assist them throughout their schooling, are more confident within themselves and don’t find the work place as daunting.
However even assistance and intervention; many dyslexic’s continue to experience the symptoms in adulthood because of the congenital nature of the difficulties. Literacy is one of the greatest challenges faced by a dyslexic.
Emotional and social implications
Dyslexia may be less of a handicap for some than others. For many the handicap can remain hidden. The less fortunate may suffer from the frustrations, anger and despair that dyslexia brings to many aspects of their lives, both in the home and at work. Some adults suffer from low self-esteem because of their felling of failure. Others are continuously under pressure because they are afraid of constantly making mistakes and of being humiliated by employers and colleagues. This can lead to anxiety and stress which may require counselling and support from family and friends.
There is an increasing awareness of literacy problems’ which persist into adult life. These problems that persist into adult life. These problems may lead to and take the form of limited academic, achievement, economic hardship, restricted vocational choice, emotional stress and loss of self-esteem.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE DYSLEXIA IN AN ADULT
READING – ADULT DYSLEXIA
Misreads words – for example revolution for resolutions
Omits and confuses small words
Struggles to remember the content of what he/she had dread and finds it hard to follow instruction in manuals or guidelines.
Dislikes reading long or detailed reports or books.
SPELLING – ADULT DYSLEXIA
Misspells familiar words, such as forty, or names of relatives
Has difficulty remembering when and how to use homophones: their/there/they’re or of/off
Has good days and bad days with spelling, as well as using capital letters in the wrong places
Has a tendency to us phonetic spelling.
MATHAMATICS – ADULT DYSLEXIA
Forgets telephone numbers and sometimes dials the incorrect numbers.
Always uses pen and paper or fingers when doing arithmetic
Has difficulty remembering dates
Has difficulty with time.
Forgets the time of appointments, is often late for meeting or may go to the wrong venue. Forgets to pay credit card bills by the date stipulated.
SEQUENCING – ADULT DYSLEXIA
Finds it difficult to use a dictionary, telephone directory, filing system or reference system in a library
Has difficulty remembering a telephone message accurately
Loses track of the content of a meeting or a lecture.
Has left/right confusion, for example giving directions to other people
Finds map reading difficult
Has difficulty finding the car in the car park
LANGUAGE/SPEECH – ADULT DYSLEXIA
Has difficulty in remembering the names of familiar people, places and objects.
Mispronounces words, especially multisyllabic words: pacific/specific for specific
Finds it difficult to speak in public and may lose the train of thought and dry up
Do some of these symptoms sound familiar? Do you have a low self esteem? Do you struggle to fit into your work and home environment? Have you always been told that you are “lazy”? Dyslexia can be hereditary, get tested, especially if you have children, you want them to enjoy their school career.