There is no single definition of Dyslexia,
as people who are diagnosed with this problem often exhibit different symptoms.
There is currently no known cause for dyslexia;
however there are theories regarding the brain, memory, genetics, and early learning environment, amongst others.
A simple definition would be:
Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty,
which affects a persons ability to learn and process information.
Symptoms of Dyslexia
People that are diagnosed with Dyslexia may show some of these symptoms:
Problems with learning names
Difficulties in map reading or form filling
Problems remembering messages or instructions
Good spatial awareness
Many of these symptoms are also linked with other SpLD such as Irlen syndrome, Dyspraxia, and AD(H)D.
is usually associated with school children, it is a life long condition and therefore there are many adult Dyslexics.
If correct intervention
is made during school, the problems associated with Dyslexia will subside. However, because Dyslexia has only been widely
recognised for the past 10 years, there are many adults who were not given the correct help and support at school and are
only now being diagnosed.
The symptoms of Adult
Dyslexia are similar to that of Child Dyslexia, however adults have to deal with different obstacles to children, such as
remembering appointment times and University coursework.
There are many methods
used to help Adult Dyslexics, many of which are described on this website.
Am I Dyslexic?
If you think that you may be Dyslexic, there is a simple initial test on
Many people find that it is a great relief to find that there is a reason
behind the problems that they have, however it is up to you whether you wish to get a confirmed diagnosis.
You are not alone
One important thing to remember is that Dyslexia effects 10% of the population of the UK. There are many
people who are suffering from the same problems that you are.
Dyslexia does NOT stop you from being successful. Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg, Beethoven, Robbie Williams
and Albert Einstein are just a few examples of successful Dyslexics, not to mention the countless number of successful teachers
who are also dyslexic.
All over the country there are Local Dyslexia Associations who will be happy to offer you personal
advice, and where you can meet other people, from all walks of life.