Indicators of dyslexia

The indicators that highlight that an employee may be dyslexic will likely be the challenges that they face in the workplace.

However, it is important to remember that dyslexia can confer real strengths, particularly in the areas of creativity, atypical problem-solving and determination. In the right role these assets can be invaluable.

A formal diagnostic assessment within the workplace will highlight your employee's strengths and weaknesses, and together with a Workplace Needs Assessment will help you to identify appropriate reasonable adjustments that can be made to their working environment.

  • Indicators of dyslexia

    Some indications of dyslexia are:

    • Confusing visually similar words such as cat and cot.
    • Difficulty telling left from right.
    • The need to re-read paragraphs to understand them.
    • Confusion when given several instructions at once.
    • Making mistakes when taking a telephone message.
    • Difficulty with managing large amounts of text and prioritising workloads.
    • Difficulty organising their thoughts on paper.

    The full adult checklist can be found on the British Dyslexia Association website.

  • Helpful organisations

    The British Dyslexia AssociationUK national organisation that offers assessments, training, information and advice to individuals of all ages and parents, teachers and employers.
    Helen ArkellHelen Arkell offer dyslexia support and advice to anyone who may need it, whether they think they have dyslexia or care for someone who may have dyslexia.