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Tell-Tale Signs


Dyslexia is a very varied condition and no two dyslexics will have the same set of characteristics.  Many will have had a range of experiences during their school lives and in their work lives to date and this will also impact on just what combination of characteristics they will experience and show outwardly.

Set out below is a list of common things that dyslexic people show: –

  • Often have difficulties in reading, writing and spelling. Spelling, in particular, is likely to be very poor
  • Often shows a significant difference between ability to do a job and ability in tests and assessments. Strong at job, poor performance in tests etc.
  • This often shows up as a contrast in how intelligent the person appears, and how articulate they are, but how poor they are when they are required to read or write anything. Exam or test results are much poorer than expected.
  • Will be reluctant to read or write anything in public. If they do read, they often miss out the small joining words.
  • They may misuse, or mispronounce words without knowing it.
  • Will often get a colleague, relative, wife/husband/partner to do anything that requires writing. Will often have excuses – like “I don’t have my glasses with me”
  • Difficulty remembering verbal instructions, or directions
  • Often struggles with time management or organisation skills.
  • Will often shy away from seeking/accepting promotion. Doesn’t want to accept positions where reading/writing are a key element.  As a result, many dyslexic folk are under-employed
  • Reluctant to go on training courses and often reluctant to participate in meetings.
  • Often has low self-esteem – as a result of earlier lack of success in learning situations.
  • Often intuitive and often very empathetic and able to sense other people’s moods and energy.
  • Often have excellent spatial, visual, 3-D skills
  • Often impatient with formal meetings and can regularly jump straight to an answer of a complex problem.
  • May confuse right and left hand side and many are ambidextrous.
  • May have limited short term memory – but long term memory excellent.
  • Will often struggle in open plan offices and are easily distracted.
  • Most will have left school early.
  • Will often take a long time to complete tasks – even though they may be trying really hard.
  • Prefers face-to-face meetings and phone calls rather than written text.
  • Often resists answering the phone because they do not want to take a phone message
  • Learns best through hands-on experience, demonstrations, experimentation, observation and visual aids.
  • May perform poorly under pressure, or at the end of the day.