Adult Dyslexia Assessment Services
Dyslexia Screening & Assessment for Adults & Young People, Plymouth, Devon

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What is Dyslexia?

Coloured OverlaysThere is no one accepted definition of dyslexia.  There is agreement, however, that dyslexia causes difficulties in learning to read, write and spell.  Dyslexia can also cause problems with working memory, mathematics, concentration, personal organisation and sequencing.  Sometimes people find it difficult to pronounce words or they may frequently have that experience of words being on the 'tip of the tongue'. The British Dyslexia Association's definition of dyslexia can be found here.

Some adults with dyslexia manage to sufficiently overcome literacy difficulties and it is true that many people with dyslexia are extremely successful.  They often, however, describe having to put more effort into completing  tasks than their colleagues at work, and they may find that they mis-read words, confuse dates and times, suddenly go blank when trying to spell a word which they spelt correctly half an hour ago etc. 

Finding out that you are dyslexic is a very positive step.  It helps you to understand why you have struggled in certain areas and may well explain low self-esteem.  It also helps you to plan a successful way forward. 


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