Dyslexia: The Key Facts
Did you know that….
- 1 in 7 people in the UK have dyslexia
- There is more than one kind of dyslexia
- You don’t have to be born with dyslexia
- Dyslexia often runs in families
What it’s like to have dyslexia
‘I didn’t tell anyone at work I had dyslexia for years. I was able to do many parts of my job easily and well, but I spent a lot of long evenings going over documents and feeling frustrated with the quality of my notes. I found some practical strategies really helped, such as formatting documents so they were easier for me to process and switching to dictation software.’
Dyslexia is primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.
Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities.
It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and there are no clear cut-off points.
Some people are born with dyslexia, but others develop dyslexia later in life, usually as a result of damage to the brain. This is known as ‘alexia’.
Highly successful people from all walks of life have dyslexia, including:
Richard Branson - Entrepreneur
Keira Knightly - Actress
Stephen Spielberg - Oscar Winning Director
How can I find out if I have dyslexia?
At Lexxic, we have a range of diagnostic tools to help assess your needs, or the needs of your employees. If you would like to find out more about what we do, get in touch.
How Lexxic can help
Our team of highly qualified psychologists provide support and advice for adults in the workplace. We work with you from the point of diagnosis, through to identifying what you need to get the best long-term outcomes.
We can help you to better understand your strengths and weaknesses, know your learning style, and give you training for specific skills.
Get in touch if you would like to chat with one of our team, or find out more about the services we can provide.