The Common Signs of Dyslexia in Adults
A list of check points to indicate if an adult is dyslexic.
Teenagers / Students
The difficulties noted below are often associated with dyslexia if they are unexpected for the individual's age, educational level, or cognitive abilities. A qualified diagnostician can test a person to determine if he or she is truly dyslexic.
- May read very slowly with many inaccuracies.
- Continues to spell incorrectly, frequently spells the same word differently in a single piece of writing.
- May avoid reading and writing tasks.
- May have trouble summarizing and outlining.
- May have trouble answering open-ended questions on tests.
- May have difficulty learning a foreign language.
- May have poor memory skills.
- May work slowly.
- May pay too little attention to details or focus too much on them.
- May misread information.
- May have an inadequate vocabulary.
- May have an inadequate store of knowledge from previous reading.
- May have difficulty with planning, organizing and managing time, materials and tasks.
- May hide reading problems.
- May spell poorly; relies on others to correct spelling.
- Avoids writing; may not be able to write.
- Often very competent in oral language.
- Relies on memory; may have an excellent memory.
- Often has good "people" skills.
- Often is spatially talented; professions include, but are not limited, to engineers, architects, designers, artists and craftspeople, mathematicians, physicists, physicians (esp. surgeons and orthopedists), and dentists.
- May be very good at "reading" people (intuitive).
- In jobs is often working well below their intellectual capacity.
- May have difficulty with planning, organization and management of time, materials and tasks.
- Often entrepreneurs.