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The Impact Of Adult Dyslexia

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 5 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Dyslexia Impact Problems Learning

People of any age can find the problems associated with dyslexia very hard to cope with. It really depends upon how severe the problems are, the other strengths and skills that a sufferer possesses and the kind of support and teaching you’ve been given access to. However, as you get older, dyslexia can often be even more debilitating if left unchecked as you become more conscious of the problems you might encounter in everyday life.

The Effects Of Dyslexia

The major difficulties and problems that dyslexia sufferers are likely to encounter are going to be mostly related to their ability to read, write and speak. Dyslexia can affect your ability to recognise words and, therefore, hinder your learning ability to read.

It can affect your planning and organisational skills and can hamper your ability to work within time constraints as well as being able to think and work in a specific sequence. It can also cause problems with your numeracy skills and some adults even find simple arithmetic a challenge.

As well as the cognitive learning skills problems this presents, dyslexia sufferers can also encounter problems with their visual perception. For example, when looking at a book, newspaper or some other kind of printed material, the text can often appear to be distorted or blurred. This can be very traumatic, especially in instances where you may have a need to understand important information.

How This Can Impact Upon Everyday Life

Obviously, when you are younger, most dyslexia sufferers will have their parents to fall back on when they encounter problems to a large extent. However, as an independent adult, the problems associated with dyslexia can have even more of an impact on everyday life, especially as you’ll want to do more things for yourself.

For example, it can cause you to become lost and disoriented more easily if you are visiting a place you’ve never been to before. You can also lose track of time more easily. Therefore, in addition to the basic literacy and numeracy problems that can affect your ability to do simple things like go shopping, for example, it can have more far reaching implications which can seem very frightening to some sufferers.

Loss Of Self Confidence

As an adult, you are also far more likely to suffer problems with your self-confidence than you might have as a child dyslexia sufferer as you become more mature and have to face many more aspects of life on your own far more than you did as a child. For example, you may feel that you can’t do your job as well as others in similar positions and some people may even feel that their whole livelihood is at risk as a direct consequence.

Forming new friendships and relationships can also seem difficult if you’re having speech problems which are connected to dyslexia. Things that most adults tend to take for granted, such as driving, can also become a problem if your dyslexia causes you to have problems with directions, for example so, overall, and depending upon the severity of the condition, you can experience a real issue with your self-esteem.

Getting Help

The important thing to recognise is that you can get help and support from professionals to help you to combat some of the problems you might be faced with as an adult dyslexia sufferer. There are other articles contained in this website which will tell you what kind of help you can obtain which will help you to be able to cope with dyslexia in adulthood much better.

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My dyslexia has made me stronger in some way but still finding it hard to remember things, follow instructions and also not being made permanent in my last job even though I tried my bestto meet the criteria for the role, I have lost my confidence due to not getting the support but have always had that push my self attitude and being positive.
Habz - 14-Aug-17 @ 8:32 PM
Savi - Your Question:
Hi I've been diagnosed with ADD/LD/DYSLEXIA wen I was 16 but didn't get help though I suffered from it at an early age 2day I'm 37 wat I need to know is that does it affect your everyday life.what I mean to say is I can't cook without a recepie I need to refer to exact measurements or else I can't cook or mess it up badly like people say just guess n adjust as per your tastes I can't cook like that.everyone says I'm lazy or I exaggerate etc but I knw I don't.is this possible. Please help

Our Response:
If you're classed as dyslexic, then you are going to have difficulties in these areas such as understanding numbers or measurements and what they represent, which is classed as dyscalculia. Also, it can affect short-term memory and a short attention span, which is also part of ADHD, plus poor organisation and time-management. You can see more via the NHS link here.
ExploreAdultLearning - 3-Apr-17 @ 12:57 PM
Hi I've been diagnosed with ADD/LD/DYSLEXIA wen I was 16 but didn't get help though I suffered from it at an early age 2day I'm 37 wat I need to know is that does it affect your everyday life.what I mean tosay is I can't cook without a recepieIneed to refer toexact measurements or else I can't cook or mess it up badly like people say just guess n adjust as per your tastes I can't cook like that.everyone says I'm lazy or I exaggerate etc but I knw I don't.is this possible. Please help
Savi - 2-Apr-17 @ 4:34 PM
James - Your Question:
As a child I was diagnosed with dyslexia. Does that mean as an adult I still have it, and why at times I still have hard time with simple things ? Thank you for any feedback to my question.

Our Response:
Dyslexia does not go away in adulthood. It may improve through learned behaviour and ways of doing things are by rote (a fixed, habitual, or mechanical course of procedure). However, when you come across particular issues attached to your learning difficult that are new, then you may have problems collating the new information. If you feel you need to speak with someone about your condition, you can call the BDA link here.
ExploreAdultLearning - 25-May-16 @ 2:15 PM
As a child I was diagnosed with dyslexia.Does that mean as an adult I still have it, and why at times I still have hard time with simple things ? Thank you for any feedback to my question.
James - 25-May-16 @ 1:30 AM
Su - Your Question:
It affacts my life to this day. I never feel I can never do the things others do. And still have no really friends never have had any

Our Response:
Really sorry to hear this. Please see link here which I hope may be of help.
ExploreAdultLearning - 2-Dec-15 @ 1:45 PM
Su - Your Question:
As a child I was always called stupid put a back of class, and often hit by teachers who would shout how thick I was, and others were told by teachers not to play with me,

Our Response:
I am sorry to hear this. Unfortunately, there was little known about dyslexia until relatively recently which meant people suffering from the condition could be subjected to having a hard time. I hope things have eased for you now your disability has been recognised.
ExploreAdultLearning - 2-Dec-15 @ 12:59 PM
It affacts my life to this day.I never feel i can never do the things others do. And still have no really friends never have had any
Su - 1-Dec-15 @ 10:07 PM
As a child i was always called stupid put a back of class, and often hit by teachers who would shout how thick i was, and others were told by teachers not to play with me,
Su - 1-Dec-15 @ 10:02 PM
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