Are you an adult who suspects you might have dyslexia? If so, this blog post could help you.
Three Different Types of Dyslexia
Healthline’s How does dyslexia affect adults? https://www.healthline.com/health/dyslexia-in-adults mentions the three main different types of dyslexia:
Symptoms of Dyslexia in Adults
These may include issues with the following:
Dyslexia Tests for Adults
Since dyslexia is not a medical or physical condition, GPs cannot diagnose it, but they may refer adults who suspect they have it to psychiatrists. A psychiatrist may carry out the following tests to determine if an adult has dyslexia:
Adults can take quizzes on the following websites to see if they have dyslexia; however, the quizzes are only indicators of symptoms and should not be used as formal diagnoses:
International Dyslexia Association: https://dyslexiaida.org/dyslexia-test/
When an adult takes any of the quizzes, they may wish to share their results with their GP and psychiatrist.
Assessments, Checklists and Screenings
The British Dyslexia Association offers a wide range of assessments for adults, but they recommend that adults do a dyslexia checklist and/or a screener beforehand.
Adults can download a dyslexia checklist from here. It cannot tell them if they have dyslexia or not, but “it is a tool used to help whether there is a likelihood of dyslexia, and whether further investigation should take place”: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/how-is-dyslexia-diagnosed/dyslexia-checklists
A list of dyslexia screening tools can be found here: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/shop/assured
Screening tools that are suitable for adults to use include the ClaroRead software and Dyslexia Workplace Plus.
A list of assessments and explanations can be found here: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/services/assessments
The assessments include Diagnostic Assessments; a Workplace Needs Assessment; and similarities and differences between assessments and screening.
Am I Dyslexic? Webinar
There is a webinar on the Exceptional Individuals YouTube channel that adults can watch to determine if they have dyslexia. Again, this should not be used as a diagnostic tool: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gqa0tzW4b0&t=8s
Key points of the webinar include the following:
Adults who watch the webinar and complete the tasks throughout may also wish to share and discuss their results with their GP and psychiatrist.