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My spelling is atrocious; however, thanks to spell check that problem is easily remedied. I still struggle with sequencing. Most adults sequence the alphabet automatically; if they open the dictionary to the letter S and are looking up a word that begins with L, they know automatically that L comes before S. I have to recite the alphabet starting with A to figure out which comes first.

When I conduct a neuropsychological exam, there is a section of the testing that calls for me to ask my patient what letter comes before or after a certain letter. I had to change my testing protocols because sometimes my patients would answer faster than I could process the answer myself. I still confuse left and right. If I am giving directions, I often tell the person to go left when I mean right. I always leave extra time in case I get lost so that I do not panic. Sometimes I get confused because of my difficulties with spatial orientation.

The lifelong social and emotional effects of dyslexia

Some people have a sense of which direction they are facing no matter where they are; I do not. There are actually a lot of positives that come with being dyslexic or having to overcome any type of hardship. Everyone struggles some time in life. You also learn tenacity. They see their peers leave school with GCSEs, and all they have is one or two qualifications in unvalued subjects, such as Art or Drama.

They see their peers go to university or train up to any career that takes their fancy, but what can the dyslexic do? Do they have a choice? Not with the lack of qualifications they have. Their dreams of being lawyers or doctors are just that, dreams. Do they either start on a low-level college course to develop their basic skills, take a job in manual labour, or be unemployed — they begin to question their place in society.

Can they take their place, or are they excluded from a society that highly values those who can read and write? Once again, they see that withdrawal is a good option to protect their self-esteem, and again depression looms. Many find completing application forms so exhausting that they give up even applying for jobs or benefits, and some even turn to crime to make ends meet.

Parents of young dyslexics are bemused by their child who can orally seem intelligent but just cannot seem to cope at school.

They know they work hard but nothing seems to stick. They know that no matter how long they work at writing an essay, it looks messy and rushed. Compared to their non-dyslexic children, they can see their dyslexic child starting to give up, and beginning to withdraw into a shell-like existence. What does running away achieve? It manifests their anxiety about fitting in. Where do they go? Anywhere, as it must be better than a home that feels more like a prison.

Whilst it is true that some dyslexics do well in life e. School was hell and they left as soon as possible. They also highlight that they found something they were good at early on, maybe not school subjects such as English, Maths or Science, but vocational skills such as selling, persuading, acting, cooking, art and design, etc. This allowed them to balance the negativity at school with their ability to out shine their peers outside school.

They are driven by their school failure and humiliation to do well in life. Even returning to school for their own children is hard for them, they can have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder when seeing small chairs, smelling sickly floor cleaner, or seeing drawings pinned up on walls, as theirs were not deemed good enough for presentation. Dyslexics, unless diagnosed and helped early on in their school career, will suffer from varying levels of emotional pain.

Be it low self-esteem, self-doubt; withdrawal or running away from home. It is important to recognise that secondary bad behaviour is commonly covering up for primary difficulties, but most teachers are just satisfied by mislabelling pupils as troublemakers and try to move such needy pupils to a different teacher. He has taught in mainstream state, independent and special education sector schools, and also several pupil referral units.

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He specialises in students with dyslexia, emotional and behavioural difficulties, ADHD and autism. Neil has written extensively on the subject of dyslexia and emotional coping and, being dyslexic himself, brings empathy and an alternative perspective to the field. Learn more about Dyslexia and Mental Health here. Im dyslexic. I dont even understand other dyslexics.

They dont seem to have a very bad memory like mine. I could talk about the negative aspects of my own dyslexia forever. I cant remember so much,no lyrics of songs, no poems, no names of people or places.. I been there, but the information wont stsy in my head. Not in one million years. So i had to leave. Story of my life. Failure, after failure, after failure.

Fast forward to a career. I cant remember sequences. This affects me at work, in everything i do in my life. You will fire me after halfofthd fire me after half of the first night, after the first hour.. The info wont stay in my head. Thats one of many examples i could give you. I cant remember my way around the city.. I cant remember the names of streets, except for the bare few main streets i use.

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Maybe four or five streets. My memory is bad. Tell this to someone in your family, to someone in college,a class mate, a tutor. They stand there like a rabbit in a head light. They dont have an answer. They dont know what to say. And its your problem,not their problem.

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Fast forward to trying to date someone, trying to talk about topics of intetest, music, film. Names of places, actors. Its all a blank. Thdre is nothing,no names, dates, etc in my brain. Now ask why i wash dishes for a living. All my life. Because i cant do anything else. I find i dont need much memory to do this job. I have to be content existing, but not really achieving.. Thats an achievement, but i cant get past this level. My parents had the money and resources to get me all the help in the world when I was young and I know from my experience that my inability to read and write is not from a lack of resources or of trying.

My parents put me in special schools and took me to experts, and I do feel that some people who are dyslexic can be helped to read, but some of us will never be able to read any more than blind people will be able to see. I believe there should be a push towards identifying those that will never learn to read and get them help in the form of technology are use an iPhone click, select all, read … I can press the little microphone on the keyboard and begin speaking and words appear on the screen before my eyes.

I was angry at God when I was a child, to the point that I gave up on him, but I have not given up on miracles such as the device I am speaking into right now, this phone has changed my life. I can snap a picture of written text and my phone will scan it and read aloud for me. My phone lets me surf the Internet and with the swipe of two fingers from top to bottom will begin reading the page allowed. Back to what John Smith said in the comments above.

My dyslexia affectes so much more than just reading!!! Memory and sequences are just a few more problems I deal with every day. Like my fear of talking on telephones or even ordering food from drive-through speakers, and if I have to talk about my childhood hood school experiences I am reduced to tears, and my throat swells shut as it is doing right now. Some blessings are curses: My parents owned a drilling company, and were able to give me the kind of jobs I would never have been able to get with dyslexia.

I would beg them to put me in the lowest job where I knew in my own mind I would be safe, but these old friends of my dad would always put me in some higher position and then when I could not do the paperwork everything would collapse and I would find myself looking for another job. This has shaken my confidence in myself, but I continue to press forward using technology and in my last job I was a foreman over a drill crew and was able to turn in reports that I spoke into my phone sometimes taking me till three in the morning or longer to produce while in a hotel room off the clock.

I am starting to ramble now, and losing my train of thought. If you have dyslexia, there is hope in technology.

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I am running out of old drilling friends to work for and have taken a job driving a school bus. All different noises, people talking in the back-ground, all at once, at the cash till in the bank, supermarket, in the street, etc. I went through 95 different job trials over roughly 3 years. What could i do?