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Adult dyslexia and how to manage it

Updated on July 4, 2017

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.

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dyslexia, adult dyslexia, dyslexic, how to manage

Definition

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

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famous dyslexic people, dyslexic stars
famous dyslexic people, dyslexic stars

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.

Dyslexia checklist

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.

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.

  1. Sometimes I pronounce words incorrectly. Sometimes I mix the order word. Oh, sorry I meant word order. (This was intentional)
  2. I mix right and left side. I know where is right and left but when saying, it comes out of my mouth wrong.
  3. I might get your phone number wrong. Especially when it's dictated on the phone.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. I was never good at maths and learning new languages.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Acceptance

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!

dyslexia, dyslexic images,
dyslexia, dyslexic images,

Famous Dyslexics

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Quotes from famous people

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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.

Debate time

Is dyslexia a real learning disability, or a convenient label?

IRLEN Colored Overlays for Reading - Sample Pack of 10 (1 of Each Color)
IRLEN Colored Overlays for Reading - Sample Pack of 10 (1 of Each Color)

The Irlen Colored Overlay Sample Pack includes one overlay of each color to help you choose the best color for you. Irlen 9" x 12" colored acetate overlays can be placed over printed materials to determine whether reading is made easier. Each sheet has a glare and non-glare side for increasing comfort. Each color is carefully determined by years of Irlen research.

 
The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read...and How They Can Learn, Revised and Expanded Edition
The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read...and How They Can Learn, Revised and Expanded Edition

One of the most popular books on dyslexia. Not planning to buy it? Check with your local library if needed.

 

Quotes from people who experienced dyslexia

  1. "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! "

    Nelson Rockefeller

  2. "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."

    Channing Tatum

  3. "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."

    Robert Benton

  4. In order to be Miss Anybody you had to have excellent grades, and I had terrible grades because of my dyslexia.

    by Fannie Flagg

  5. 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

  6. 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.

    Carre Otis

  7. 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.

    Richard Rogers

General books - on dyslexia

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain
The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Did you know that many successful architects, lawyers, engineers—even bestselling novelists—had difficulties learning to read and write as children? In this groundbreaking book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20% of people—individuals with dyslexia—share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home.

 
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level

Dr. Sally Shaywitz offers a great insight on how to cope with dyslexia. Here are the tools that help parents and teachers need to identify dyslexia in preschoolers, school children, young adults, teens and grownups.

 

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?

Is your family member dyslexic? Are you? How did you discover? How do you manage it?

What are your coping methods? - Please share below.

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      Michelle 6 months ago

      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.

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      Izzy H 12 months ago

      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)

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      desilegend,

      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

      in me.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, AL.

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      Robert Connor 2 years ago from Michigan

      This disability had been around for a long time, we hope the medical community can find a cure!

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      desilegend 3 years ago

      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.