Category Archives: dyslexia

Neurodiversity and Social Exclusion

What do we know?

Dyslexia and neuro-differences are over-represented in the offender population (52%[1]) and among people who are long term unemployed (av. 28%[2]) compared to the working population (8%-10%[3]).

What are the issues?

Most projects to date have tackled literacy, which is expensive, time consuming and produces few solid successes. However, recent research suggests that literacy is not the most prevailing issue for adults with neuro-differences .[4]Literacy issues are a symptom, not a cause.  Poor ‘working memory’ and ‘processing speed’ are the […]

Dyslexia Glass Ceiling

As we know, Dyslexia is characterised as a pattern of strengths and weaknesses.  More often than not the pattern is as follows:

Strengths: Verbal Comprehension & Perceptual Reasoning

Weaknesses: Working Memory & Processing speed.

But what are these things? Let me explain with a mind map for each concept:

So what I notice about these different areas of ability, is that the weaknesses associated with dyslexia are valued in entry level roles, […]

Special Guest Blogger! Dr Sylvia Moody writes on IQ testing in dyslexia assessment

IQ?  Leave it out!    Cognitive profile?  Leave it in…

Sylvia Moody

I’m writing this article to try to correct some misconceptions about the use of an IQ battery in dyslexia assessments.

Preliminaries

My comments are relevant to assessors of dyslexic adults; assessors of dyslexic children may have a different perspective on the matter in question.
I have been working as an assessor of adults in both HE and the workplace for twenty years. During this period I have viewed or re-viewed hundreds of dyslexia […]

Matter over mind: feeding your brain

As a Psychologist, I’ve spent many years studying the brain.  One thing that’s always struck me, is how dependent the brain is on what we feed it.  Hormones, glucose, exercise, vitamins, minerals; all these things are vital to brain function.  It’s not just a case of mind over matter. The other thing I’ve noticed is the how we commonly mistake things that are happening in our brain as being caused by the brain only.

Many of us look for psychological reasons […]

What is Phonological Processing?

You may have heard of the term phonological processing and you may have even been told that you have weak phonological processing skills, but what does it mean exactly?

We all have a phonological processing system which is used to process basic word sounds. These basic word sounds are called phonemes. This is what children tend to learn when they first start school; for example, for the letter B they may say “ber” instead of “bee”. These phonemes are put together […]

What was that?

It has been found that those who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD find it harder to filter out irrelevant information from their environment. Other people may be able to block out noise, movement and other things going on around them; however, people with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD may pay just as much attention to them as they would to say the conversation they are having. This means that they have less attention available to focus on the task in hand.
Not […]

Ten top tips for working with Dyslexics

Top Tips for working with people with dyslexia

If you are a dyslexic individual, these tips may be useful to you in discussing your Dyslexia with your manager. These tips are written for managers to support their team members.

1. Giving advance notice of tasks whenever possible. In particular, giving out reading materials well in advance of meetings or training session can avoid embarrassment.

2. Think about the ‘degrees of distraction’ around the person’s workspace, are they in the middle of a room with 360 […]

What works well in Dyslexia and Dyspraxia Coaching: Perfect Planning System

Perfect Planning Genius

Planning and organising your time to achieve things can be a typical challenge for many people, especially if you are a Dyslexic or Dyspraxic individual.
Something that works really well for my clients is when they have the ideal planning system for them. They may well enjoy a paper diary and a to do list or something electronic i.e. Microsoft Outlook Calendar and task list or a Gmail calendar that works with their mobile telephone.
The consistent keys for the […]

Memory Strengths

You may already know that dyslexic and dyspraxic individuals often have weaknesses in their memory, but did you know that they have strengths too? It has been found that many people with dyslexia and dyspraxia have strong episodic memories. Episodic memories are personal memories like specific events, situations and experiences; for example, your first day at school, and the events of 9/11. Those who have a good episodic memory are more likely to experience these memories like vivid videos; you […]

Reducing workplace stress through addressing dyslexia

I (Nancy) was at the Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference on Tuesday, talking to Occupational Health Providers about managing dyslexia effectively. There is still a large gap in peoples’ knowledge about how dyslexia impacts on work performance.

For example, the lady I was talking to from COPHA, an Association for Occ Health professionals, was dyslexic herself and had no idea that dyslexia was the root of her struggles to manage deadlines and her networking strengths in connecting people. So, for […]