In recent times a lot of attention has been given to adult dyslexia and how it affects a person to interact with his or her environment. Dyslexia is basically a learning disability which affects a person’s ability to learn and/or comprehend language. This can be written, verbal or both. Until recently it was not possible to identify whether a person had dyslexia or not however with advancement in medical technology and research a lot has now been learnt about this crippling disability.
Most people suffering with dyslexia get diagnosed well into their adulthood effectively ruining their childhood. Dyslexics often have a painful and uncomfortable upbringing in an environment which rejects them. Dyslexics are also throughout their lives labeled as stupid, lazy, incompetent and “not trying hard enough”. This is in stark contrast to their bright and multi-faceted intellect which never gets exploited to its fullest primarily because it is never recognized. If you are an adult who has the following symptoms then you should consider taking a diagnosis exam for dyslexia so that you can go in for the appropriate help:
a. Have a family history of learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, add, adhd etc.
b. Seems bright but cannot seem to realize his or her potential to the fullest.
c. Has difficulty organizing him or herself.
d. Cannot work in a team based setting.
e. Cannot complete work on dead line.
f. Has moderate to severe difficulty reading and/or speaking; often gets confused between words with similar meaning, and letters which look the same such as b, d, p.
g. Has difficulty telling directions.
h. Has poor social skill.
i. Seems to zone-out of reality as if daydreaming.
j. Seems distracted most of the time.
Most people tend to freak out at the very name of dyslexia. In fact many will go to great lengths to prevent their friends and families from knowing that they are learning disabled or have adult dyslexia, however if you do have this problem then you can actually give yourself a pat on the back! Remember many of the most famous people in history were dyslexics; Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison were all dyslexics and had much the same life as you. Most of them were taunted and laughed at for their silly ideas, called stupid, lazy, and were told that they will never do anything in life, but look at what they achieved. If you are dyslexic then you are unique and you know it!
Dealing with dyslexia as an adult can be a harrowing experience.You need not go on living in fear of rejection and denial. Dyslexia is a gift which once exploited will allow you to live your life better and more confidently.
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