People often confuse the terms “dysgraphia” and “dyspraxia” with “dyslexia” because these three conditions frequently coexist together or occur simultaneously in one person. The symptoms are often subtle enough that they go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as ADHD or other conditions in adults.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it difficult to read, write, and spell. It’s also called a specific reading disorder or reading disability. There are many ways to treat dyslexia in adults, including accommodations and interventions like speech therapy, tutoring, computer-assisted instruction (CAI).
You should start by talking to your dyslexia doctor about what accommodations might work best for your situation. Your doctor will be able to refer you to local resources for support in developing strategies that will help improve your ability to read and write successfully at school or work.
Some people are affected more than others by their symptoms. For example, some may struggle with reading but not writing, while others may experience the opposite problem. There are many types of dyslexia, including phonological (sound-based) and surface (visual).
Adults can also take some simple steps independently without professional assistance that may make it easier for them to learn new skills related to reading or writing. These include using color-coding systems when taking notes and creating outlines before starting written assignments.
You can also manage dyslexia using graphic organizers such as Venn diagrams and practicing self-monitoring techniques. These include checking one’s understanding of material after studying it and avoiding distractions while working on tasks requiring concentration.
The most important thing is not how much time someone spends trying different approaches but how committed they are to finding find ways around their difficulties to succeed academically and professionally despite having dyslexia.
If you think your child might have dyslexia or suspect yourself of having this condition, then contact a doctor as soon as possible for an assessment.
To learn more about other disorders like dyslexia and their effects, visit NJDDC’s blog section.