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6 Common Signs of Dyslexia in Adults


In the United States alone, approximately five to 10 percent of the population has been diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disorder that affects a person’s ability to read, write, spell and speak. While mixing up letters while writing or mispronouncing words when speaking are common, there are many other indicators of this learning disorder, which vary with age.

Although it is commonly identified in young children, for some it may go undiagnosed until adulthood. In such cases, there are several common signs of dyslexia—including these six.

1. Avoid Reading

In order to hide their disability, those with dyslexia will often avoid any activities that involve reading—such as reading to themselves or aloud to others—as their struggles are a source of shame and embarrassment.

For some, these tasks may prove so challenging that they seek out employment in positions or fields that conceal or help them avoid dealing with their difficulties. As a result, these individuals may be “underemployed,” meaning their roles are well below their capabilities.

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