How to Manage Dyslexia in adulthood
Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects millions of people across the world. Dyslexic individuals tend to view numbers and words in a backwards order. The symptoms usually first make themselves known in the early middle school years with classic symptoms of difficulty in reading and writing. However, just because this disorder is classified as a "learning disability" does not mean that the students are lacking in intelligence. In fact, many medical professionals consider dyslexic people to be highly creative individuals.
I'm a dyslexic and I discovered my dyslexia only when I was 25. I wish I knew earlier. Here in this lens I will share the history of dyslexia, it's symptoms and how to manage it.
Dyslexia is a general term used for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words/letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect IQ.
or more technical explanation:
"Dyslexia is displayed in learning difficulties related to the acquisition of basic skills in reading, writing and/or spelling, such difficulties being unexplained in relation to an individual's other abilities and educational experiences.
Dyslexia can be described at the cognitive, neurological, and behavioural levels. It is typically characterised by "disorganized" information processing, including difficulties in phonological processing, working memory, rapid naming and automaticity of basic skills. People experience difficulties in organisation, sequencing and motor skills may also be present."
adapted text from dyslexia.ie
photo credit goes todesign-milk.com
Leonardo da Vinci, Tom Cruise and Cher
What do all these people have in common?
That's right! They all suffer from dyslexia. They have all had to learn how to manage their symptoms in order to become the great artists and success stories of generations past and present. If you were to ask many of these types of successful dyslexic artists how they overcame this learning disability to such remarkable acclaim, many of these people would state that the critical first step is "acceptance" of the disorder itself.
Here is a list of checklist for dyslexic adults. Searching and answering question on such lists, helped me realize that I DO have dyslexia.You will need to research more about your own case but these lists can be very helpful in promoting a better self-understanding.
- Adult Dyslexia Checklist - Dyslexia Association of Ireland
This is my first checklist I found online.
- Dyslexia International - sharing expertise
Volunteers work with leading experts creating and promoting tools that enable dyslexic learners to succeed in a competitive world.
- Checklist test
Find out if you may be dyslexic with our simple check list test and step-by-step guide to identifying dyslexia.
- Dyslexia Centre - Am I dyslexic? Adult dyslexia checklist
The Dyslexia Centre: Assessment, Advice and Support for people with dyslexia and associated specific learning difficulties.
- CHECKLIST TEST FOR DYSLEXIA
Try our free Dyslexia checklist and find out today if you, your child or someone you know is Dyslexic.
My "little" problems
We are all individuals and we dyslexics can have few similar dyslexia indicators but I believe everyone's dyslexia is different. Dyslexia can be mild, moderate or severe.
Below I tried to collect the list of my little problems. I have my "good" day and "bad" days but majority of them is good. (I think so). Dyslexia never stopped me and I believe it made me study and work harder. Without realizing that I have dyslexia, I have invented my own methods of copying with it. I wish my teachers in post-Soviet Latvia would help me in my school days. It's only 10-11 years after the school, I found out I'm dyslexic.
- Sometimes I pronounce words incorrectly. Sometimes I mix the order word. Oh, sorry I meant word order. (This was intentional)
- I mix right and left side. I know where is right and left but when saying, it comes out of my mouth wrong.
- I might get your phone number wrong. Especially when it's dictated on the phone.
- Sometimes I find it hard to see my own mistakes that I've have made in my written work but If I come back to it later I can clearly see all my mistakes.
- I find it hard to remember people's name if I see them first but not so hard if I saw their name written or photograph of this person before.
- I was never good at maths and learning new languages.
- I cannot name the letters of the alphabet in sequence. My poor son! I need to look at alphabet poster in order to tell it.
- I found this description on one of the checklists - "Lacks logical sequence of thoughts when discussing or writing essays". I have to work harder and spend more time analyzing if I did it in a logical sequence. Bullet points structure always helps.
- Recently my husband asked me why I'm mixing capitals with lower case letters. Apparently this is on the checklist as well. Here is one more. Dyslexics might be using both printing and cursive script in the same word or sentence.
Once dyslexic individuals learn to accept a learning disability, then they are more open-minded to the necessary changes that must occur in order to create and live a more fulfilling life. In many cases when dyslexia is first diagnosed, the immediate reaction is to go and seek professional help in learning how to manage their symptoms. This second step lays the fundamental groundwork that will be required to re-learn the simple skills of reading and writing in a manner in which they can easily comprehend. With continued perseverance and dedication, people suffering from this disorder can easily overcome any obstacle that lay in their path to achieving their goals and dreams. Just ask Mr. Cruise! I doubt that he would say that dyslexia has held him back in life!
Quotes from famous people
Dyslexia products - for reading
Products like below can simplify life of dyslexic. For example, colored transparent ruler (choose your color)helps dyslexics focus line by line, making it easier to see letters correctly and follow words in the right direction.
Is dyslexia a real learning disability, or a convenient label?
Quotes from people who experienced dyslexia
- "I was one of the 'puzzle children' myself - a dyslexic . . . And I still have a hard time reading today. I do accept the fact that you have a problem. Refuse to feel sorry for yourself. You have a challenge; never quit! "
- "I was not good in school... I could never read very fast or very well. I got tested for learning disabilities, for dyslexia. Then I got put on Ritalin and Dexedrine. I took those starting in the eighth grade. As soon as they pumped that drug into me, it would focus me right in."
- "I was dyslexic before anybody knew what dyslexia was. I was called 'slow'. It's an awful feeling to think of yourself as 'slow' - it's horrible."
- In order to be Miss Anybody you had to have excellent grades, and I had terrible grades because of my dyslexia.
by Fannie Flagg
- I think my dyslexia was a vital part of my development because my inability to read and write meant that I had to find knowledge elsewhere so I looked to the cinema.
by Joe Wright
- Though my parents assured me over and over again that I wasn't stupid or slow, I sensed that my dyslexia was now a stigma on all of us.
- Dyslexia, though, made me realise that people who say 'but you can't do that' aren't actually very important. I don't take 'no' too seriously.
General books - on dyslexia
Interesting news articles
- Dyslexia is Britain's secret weapon in the spy war: Top codebreakers can crack complex problems beca
A spokesman for the Government's top-secret electronic eavesdropping station in Cheltenham, said last night that some of their most talented code-breakers have difficulty in learning to read or interpreting words.
- Dyslexic designer Henry Franks remodels a range of household objects to reflect his topsy-turvy worl
Henry Franks, 23, from Oxford, has created a range of dyslexic objects; that he says put a dyslexic perspective on everyday household items.
My tricks - Text-to-speech converter
Recently I read about on one of the dyslexic websites. Text-to-speech programmes allow you listen to what you wrote. It helps.
Personal stories - from adults
I was 27-28 when I realised I was dyslexic. What about you?
- My Dyslexic Blog
Facing my fears of revealing my weaknesses to try help others
- Warning signs in adults
Since dyslexia is inherited, any adult who has dyslexia should watch for it in their children. But adults with only mild or moderate dyslexia may not know they have it because they were never tested for it. But they will recognize these classic warni
- Beating Dyslexia, Not Just Coping With It, A FREE Resource
The most comprehensive range of techniques for overcoming dyslexia with information and definitions that have been based on scientific research.
Check out font for dyslexics. OpenDyslexic is a new open sourced font created to increase readability for dyslexic readers.
- Dyslexia Association of Ireland
Dyslexia Association of Ireland
- Welcome - The British Dyslexia Association
British Dyslexia Association
- Being Dyslexic
Website for anyone with dyslexia, or anyone interested in finding out about dyslexia. Packed full of dyslexia information and the largest dyslexia forums on the internet.
Is your family member dyslexic? Are you? How did you discover? How do you manage it?
What are your coping methods? - Please share below.
Sherri on January 22, 2019:
I have dyslexia they found out in 3 grade that I could remeber things or my left to my right. I had it hard in school my sisters all come home with strieght A's. And I didnt. I was teested by them and other kids. I felt like i was never good enough my parents didnt know what to do with me alot of times.I love to be outside ,and creating things out of nothing. Working is sometime hard for me. I get in my head to much thinking im not smart enough feeling like a jerk for not understanding something . I should know, i loose track of time sometimes and clock out late. It can have problems. Im trying to fix but sometime loosing the battle. I have to work but the older i get the more i worry i may not keep the job i have . I know my husband will always love me and support me. But i need to help him with the bills. I also know God has a propise for me and im going to seek him to guide me were ever that is. Thanks for letting me air out my worrys.
Michelle on February 04, 2017:
I am on my second job, I find my dyslexia a curse it is far from a strength. I told my employer that I was and they just said, don't worry lots of people here are. That doesn't help, I feel stupid and frustrated and just fed up.
Izzy H on July 31, 2016:
i can relate to all of this symptoms and i always have to check everything i write numerous times (i made 2 mistakes just writing this)
Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on November 22, 2014:
Amazing hub. Thanks.
I love this hub and how you wrote it. You possess an amazing writing style.
I was proud to vote Up and all of the choices. Loved your graphics.
Just keep up the fine work for you will always have a fan and follower
Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, AL.
Robert Connor from Michigan on October 04, 2014:
This disability had been around for a long time, we hope the medical community can find a cure!
desilegend (author) on September 15, 2013:
From time to time, I use online text-to-speech converter in order to check official documentation.
I make timeline or use bullets when writing emails.
I try to be calm.