What is dyslexia? There are many definitions of dyslexia, most of which relate to an ‘educational’ context and as such are not very relevant to the world of work.
The definition below was developed and introduced by a group of chartered business psychologists whose aim was to provide a definition that was relevant to the world of work …
‘Dyslexia is an inefficiency in short term memory ‘
‘Adult Dyslexia: A Guide for the Workplace’
Fitzgibbon & O’Connor (Pub 2002 by John Wiley & Son). How common is dyslexia? Between 10% and 15% of the population are dyslexics. Does ‘being’ dyslexic mean you cannot read, write or spell? Although this is what most people believe to be the case but in reality there are many dyslexics, notably high ability dyslexics, who can read, write and spell very well. Literacy weaknesses are neither a necessary nor a sufficient condition for a person to be diagnosed as dyslexic.
The key dyslexic weakness is a weakness in short term memory How is it identified? Dyslexia in adults is usually diagnosed by a chartered occupational psychologist with special expertise in the field of adult dyslexia.
The diagnostic procedure involves neuropsychological assessment using ‘closed psychometric tests’, i.e. psychological tests that are only available to chartered psychologists.
Can GP’s diagnose dyslexia? No, medical doctors are not trained to diagnose dyslexia. A GP’s opinion that a patient is dyslexic would be unlikely to meet any legal test of a reliable diagnosis.
There is no medical treatment for dyslexia and, because it is neither an illness nor a disease, the idea of a ‘cure’ is not meaningful.