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The Common Signs of Dyslexia in Adults

Common signs of DyslexiaA 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.

Adults

  • 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.