What is Adult Dyslexia?

What is Adult Dyslexia?

“It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”

Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. This Definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Dyslexia Self-Assessment for Adults

1 Do you read slowly?

2 Did you have trouble learning how to read when you were in school?

3 Do you often have to read something two or three times before it makes sense?

4 Are you uncomfortable reading out loud?

5 Do you omit, transpose, or add letters when you are reading or writing?

6 Do you find you still have spelling mistakes in your writing even after Spell Check?

7 Do you find it difficult to pronounce uncommon multi-syllable words when you are reading?

8 Do you choose to read magazines or short articles rather than longer books and novels?

9 When you were in school, did you find it extremely difficult to learn a foreign language?

10 Do you avoid work projects or courses that require extensive reading?

Each Question checked “yes” = 1 point Score

If you answer “yes” to 7 or more of these questions, you may have signs that indicate dyslexia. You may want to consider seeking consultation from a specialist or a formal diagnostic assessment from a qualified examiner. To find a potential resource in your area go to:

Other Signs that can accompany Dyslexia and should be looked for:

Short Attention Span
– Easily Distracted
– Seems to not hear

Lack of Awareness
– Has to touch everything
– Doesn’t seem to understand very quickly
– Inability to understand abstractions
– Appears to have poor memory, however can recall things quickly when interest is high

Periodic Loss of Gross Motor Skills
– Falls, clumsey, may not be able to interpret Left from Right when trying to learn a dance step

Left /Right Disorientation
– Trouble reading a map or telling others directions i.e., turn left at light
– Has to think twice about directional prepositions, when presented quickly, over/under, top/bottom, beyond/beneath
– Reversals of letters, and numbers in reading and writing

Speech Problem
– May have difficulties discriminating sounds
– M for N, Ks for SKs, SCHs, Ts,

Fine Motor Control
– Handwriting is poor, may always print

Poor Organization
– Totally disorganized
– Unaware of time

Not all of these signs are constitute a diagnosis of Dyslexia, however, if these skills are of concern and they are creating difficulty in your daily life, contact Cognitive Connections. We can help with activities to remediate these concerns!

As always loads of energy to you all!!
Dr. Lise’



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