The influence of Dyslexia

Recently I have been seeing a number of adult clients who have issues with self-esteem, relationships and social anxiety. It has become apparent that these problems stem directly from undiagnosed dyslexia/ specific learning difficulties. SpLD is a term more frequently used in education today, but basically the two terms are synonymous.

It has long been recognised that this condition, if undiagnosed in childhood, often results in long term emotional consequences.

My background includes many years of experience working with children and adults who are dyslexic. When working with clients to address their current problems, it is essential that they understand the origins of their difficulties and the impact that these have had on their self-esteem and confidence.

Many people, including some teachers, believe that if a person can read they cannot be dyslexic. This is far from the truth. The majority of dyslexic people do learn to read quite efficiently sooner or later. They may love reading or only read factual books, manuals or magazines. Most however are uncomfortable reading aloud.

The impact of dyslexia is often subtle but frequently involves writing difficulties and tasks needing organization. Mental math, a poor concept of time and chronological order and difficulty with short term memory are other indicators. Children should be diagnosed well before secondary school and this would involve an educational psychologist. With adults a formal diagnosis is not usually needed. I am not qualified to assess children but am able to assess and identify dyslexic problems in adults informally.



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