Dyslexia is a particular cognitive style that results in poor phonological processing, poor phonological working memory, poor sequencing and processing speed (Guest, 2009; Shaywitz et al. 1990’s) but with above average strengths in verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning and mechanical ability (Eide and Eide, 2011; Von Karolyi, 2001 – 2005). There are individual variations but this is a typical profile description.
- The choice of topics to cover comes from the client and their manager, so we can use this data to understand the pressing issues for dyslexics in the workplace. So as you can see, just as in diagnosis, Memory is key. Literacy is a factor, but not the defining topic.
This has implications for stress management and occupational health – companies are spending a fortune on stress counselling for people who may be stressed because they can’t remember key actions and don’t have the right organisational strategies to manage their workload. Counselling for stress will not undo a basic dyslexic difficulty which is undiagnosed. Remember that between 4-8% of working population is dyslexic and in certain groups many more than that. Of long term unemployed 28% are dyslexic. So if you have someone in a Perf Mgmt situation it might be wise to look deeper than the surface complaint.
Notice that they both finish in the same place! Average score for clients post coaching is 6.25, managers is 6.26. Our clients, who lacked self confidence, are now reporting a good level of ability.
For those of you interested in the statistics….
F Values (strength of impact) and p Values (likelihood that results occurred by chance – less than 0.05 is good)
Working memory (F=2.35 p=.019)
Spelling (F= 2.201, p= .043)
Organisation (F=2.064, p=.048)
Planning scores (F=2.438, p=.021)
Dyslexia Awareness (F=4.095, p=.028)
Communicating their needs (F=3.403, p=.041)
Numeracy (F=3.822, p=.042)