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Adult Dyslexia - a Guide for the Workplace

Author: Gary Fitzgibbon, Brian O'Connor

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FAB RESEARCH COMMENT:

Dyslexia often overlaps with other conditions such as ADHD and dyspraxia, and can also co-occur with high-functioning forms of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. For this reason, some of the information and advice provided in this book may also be relevant to members of these groups also.

Publisher's Summary

Adult Dyslexia gives practical advice about identifying and helping adult dyslexics in ways that are relevant to the workplace and suitable for adults, rather than being adaptations of methods used with children.
* Written by an experienced occupational psychologist
* Includes a practical question/answer section and screening tools
* Emphasises that dyslexics have strengths as well as weaknesses
* An invaluable tool for managers to help develop dyslexic employees

Review from a UK reader with dyslexia:

This is the best book I've read to date on adult dyslexia. Unlike most books on dyslexia that focus on literacy skills, it specifically addresses the non-literacy problems and, importantly, problems that dyslexics encounter in the workplace.

As a dyslexic with a foreign language degree I feel that I've largely overcome my literacy problems. Most people think that dyslexics problems are about reading and writing. If you've mastered these they think your dyslexia has gone away.

What's so good about this book is that it identifies the other difficulties you may experience such as (in my case) remembering long verbal instructions and coping with communicating your thoughts to people when put on the spot. You may be more easily distracted than non-dyslexics and take longer to complete tasks as a result.

The book suggests specific training courses designed for dyslexics, as opposed to more general courses designed for non-dyslexics. Topics cited include learning to control the flow of information coming to you from others.

Having read the book I feel more confident about my abilities and it's given me a framework to think about how I can get what I need from other people. It also includes contact details where you can get help.

I'd thoroughly recommend this book to people with dyslexic, HR personnel and managers. It's a very positive book and I feel much better for reading it!

The Occupational Psychologist, December 2002

"..I recommend it as essential reading for practitioners.."