Dyslexia’s Ongoing Impact in Adulthood

Explaining dyslexia is often done by focusing on the dyslexic himself or herself. One might say dyslexics have trouble with phonemic awareness or the short-term memory of the dyslexic is affected. Comments like these are valid; however, they level out the influence of the effects of the social environment.

Understanding the role of the social environment is important because it makes us realize that we are not the problem. A variety of factors come together, resulting in a child who has trouble learning to read and write.

When we try to explain adult dyslexia, we need to consider typical childhood experiences. Because our childhood has a significant influence on the way we see ourselves, others around us, and the world as a whole. As children, we learned coping strategies that helped us deal with our situation. While growing up, our circumstances change, but our coping strategies tend to remain the same regardless. Realizing what exactly your own patterns are is the first step in making a positive change for yourself, and I hope this video has helped you do that.

The Dyslexic Perspective

Here’s some of the literature I consulted to create this video: