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#1 ~ Tina ~

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 08:42 PM

I was wondering how as an adult you go about finding out if you are dyslexic? And what if anything can be done to help? Its not something that effects my everyday life, but it has negatively impacted recent job interviews. I have extreme difficulities answering open ended questions like in an interview, it takes me longer then most to read anything and I have difficulties understanding what I've read, if i need to read aloud it is not pretty I miss pronounce words and lose my place constantly, i can read the same sentence ten times and still not fully understand it, I have a great deal of difficulty taking messages off the answering machine, i need to listen to it several times to get the information wrote down properly, i regularly reverse phone numbers and dates. Lastly telling time, i have a great deal of difficulty telling time on an analog watch, always have.

i often still refer to myself as a visual learner, as I cannot read the instructions on something and figure out how to do it, but if someone reads the instruction to me I'm better.

as a young person at school, reading, spelling & math were always my worst subjects. to this date I still do not know my multiplication table. I was never held back any grades, I was never identified as needing any additional help except in French class (Canada's second language).

my brother was dyslexic and was diagnosed as a child in grade 1, I only say was because he received extra help and is very successful in his job today as a tradesmen.

anyways any advice anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:51 PM

I was wondering how as an adult you go about finding out if you are dyslexic? And what if anything can be done to help? Its not something that effects my everyday life, but it has negatively impacted recent job interviews. I have extreme difficulities answering open ended questions like in an interview, it takes me longer then most to read anything and I have difficulties understanding what I've read, if i need to read aloud it is not pretty I miss pronounce words and lose my place constantly, i can read the same sentence ten times and still not fully understand it, I have a great deal of difficulty taking messages off the answering machine, i need to listen to it several times to get the information wrote down properly, i regularly reverse phone numbers and dates. Lastly telling time, i have a great deal of difficulty telling time on an analog watch, always have.

i often still refer to myself as a visual learner, as I cannot read the instructions on something and figure out how to do it, but if someone reads the instruction to me I'm better.

as a young person at school, reading, spelling & math were always my worst subjects. to this date I still do not know my multiplication table. I was never held back any grades, I was never identified as needing any additional help except in French class (Canada's second language).

my brother was dyslexic and was diagnosed as a child in grade 1, I only say was because he received extra help and is very successful in his job today as a tradesmen.

anyways any advice anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated.



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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:54 PM

Do an Open University course, if you are on low income, you can usually get it free. Then, say you think you are dyslexic and want to be assessed. You will be assessed for free by an educational psychologist. That is what happened to me, although it was ten years ago.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:08 AM

My young adult daughter went to a psychologist who specializes in learning disorders for an educational evaluation because she thought she might be dyslexic. The testing was expensive, but it did show her some of her strengths too. She was diagnosed with dyslexia and some associated disorders.

If you are attending a university it is much cheaper to go through student counseling services to get the testing. I do not know how the Canadian health system works or if educational testing is even covered.

We are currently looking into coaching Ė mostly for managing time, organization and learning how to compensate for her comprehension and auditory difficulties. Also, she is getting a speech/language evaluation later this year to see if she could benefit from therapy through a speech center.

Since she is in the middle of the process, I canít say what is working or not yet.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 12:41 PM

Hi,

I was diagnosed as an adult but in the UK so can't easily comment on what you need to do in Canada, sorry.

I hope you find out - have you tried searching for an educational psychologist/specialist dyselxia teacher in your area on Google? Unfortunately they usually need paying unless you can get a grant or referral through your doctor? (Again, sorry about the lack of knowledge in Canada - if you came to the UK you could enrol on a college course and someone like me (a specialist dyslexia teacher) could test you for free!)

Good luck,

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:57 PM

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Hi Tina ,

I have simmilar issues with interviews. Open end questions can be difficult to work out what they are actualy asking before you forget what the question was.

Again I don't know about Canada. I have heard of an Internation Dyslexia Assoation but I fear they might be an American only organsation. Please not I have heard of there name nothing else about them, they sound American.

You could carry out a search to Find out if their is a Dyslexia Canada organsation. I cross my fingers that their is 1 and they are willing to talk to Adult who are consered about their Dyslexia or what to find out if that is what the nature of there struggles are.

Alternitly I would suggest that you look up local colleges and community centres. I would strong suggest this if feel that you have issues with the likes of basic Numercay, reading, writting, communication. To see if they hold these kind of classes. Here we have the big plus they don't just help those with Dyslexia they help other people who struggle.

Maybe if you mention while in these classes that you think you might be Dyslexic they will be able to give you the correct information. In 2nd thoughts you might want to ask before you enrole in any courses espesally if where to enquire about about course which is at a higher level.

I would amajen that colleges would have information about Dyslexia in you area. And hope that their are community projects within your community who will be able to help you.

Take care

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 12:53 AM

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Tina, I ran across this webpage for one Canadian University. http://rcsd.uvic.ca/...al/faq.html#h_5 And on that page, there was a link to for a Learning Diosability Assessment page. http://rcsd.uvic.ca/assessment.html I realize that you'll still have a lot of searching to do, but I'm hoping that this is a place to start, or at least will give you some ideas. Also, you might contact Daniel Ansari at the University of Western Ontario. (Click on the Contact tab at the top of the page) http://www.numerical...org/?page_id=6. On his CV, I see that he received this award: 2008 Research Award of the German Association for Dyslexia and Dyscalculia (Bundesverband Legasthenie und Dyscalculia e. V.) So, besides dyscalculia, he has experience with dyslexia. - Vintage




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