Recently, individuals with dyslexia were surveyed by the non-profit organization Dyslexic Advantage (dyslexicadvantage.org). They found that over half (53%) of their adults respondents had never been adequately tested for dyslexia.
10-20% of English speakers are dyslexic. This suggests that millions of dyslexic adults are unsure (or even completely unaware) of their dyslexia status. Most of these dyslexic adults are also unaware of:
• the challenges–and the strengths–that go along with being dyslexic
• steps dyslexic individuals must take to find success
• resources available to help dyslexic individuals reach the success of which they are capable
Many adult dyslexics need access to affordable and accurate testing. This testing will tell them how likely they are to be dyslexic, and what they should do in response. The gold standard in dyslexia assessment is a one-on-one assessment from a trained professional. Unfortunately, such assessment typically costs hundreds to thousands of dollars, which is out of reach for many dyslexic individuals. Even those who could pay often hesitate before knowing that there is “anything to find out”.
High quality dyslexia screening tests provide an excellent first step for adults who want to discover how likely they are to be dyslexic. Dyslexia screening tests are far less expensive than full face-to-face assessments. Many are also online or app based, so they can be taken essentially anywhere.
Questions A Good Dyslexia Screening Test Should Answer
The best dyslexia screening tests help users answer 3 important questions:
1. How likely am I to be dyslexic?
2. Should I take further action to deal with my dyslexia-related issues?
3. If so, what steps should I take?
This information can help users limit the impact of their challenges, and take better advantage of their strengths.
Signs An Adult Should Be Screened For Dyslexia
The following is a list of the signs that an adult should be screened for dyslexia:
• A family history of dyslexia. Dyslexia has a strong familial/inherited component, so any adult with a dyslexic sibling, child, or grandchild, who notices any of the other signs of dyslexia discussed below should always be screened.
• Early difficulty learning to read. If you had more difficulty learning to read that most of your equally bright peers then you may well be dyslexic. You will likely show signs at present of both challenges and strengths that you do not clearly associate with dyslexia.
• Underperformed ability in school. If you struggled more in school than you think you should have based on your general level of intelligence, you may well be dyslexic.
• Persistent difficulty learning a foreign language. This is often (but not always) a special sore spot for individuals with dyslexia.
• Reading neither fun nor easy. If you have never enjoyed reading, read slowly, or struggle when reading aloud, you should be screened for dyslexia.
• Currently struggles at work. Difficulties with reading, spelling, writing, or speaking that currently impact your work may be signs of dyslexia.
• Underperformance at work for unclear reasons. If you often struggle to show your ability at work, you may be struggling with issues related to dyslexia.
If you are looking for an affordable, accessible, and accurate dyslexia screening test to help you identify how likely you are to be dyslexic, and what to do about it, visit our website at neurolearning.com. There you can learn more about dyslexia, and how our Dyslexia Screening Test App can help you.