Some people aren’t diagnosed with dyslexia until after they finish high school.
An evaluation is the only way to find out if an adult has dyslexia.
Different tests are used to measure reading and related skills in adults.
Adults who have finished high school but who still struggle with reading may be wondering, “Do I have dyslexia?” The same is true for parents who struggle with reading and
have a child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia
. They may be wondering, “Do I have dyslexia, too?”
A surprising number of adults have dyslexia that was not diagnosed while they were in school.
Steven Spielberg and Cher
are some of the most famous examples. Signs of dyslexia in adults include:
Reading slowly and with great effort
Struggling to sound out unfamiliar words
Avoiding reading aloud and rarely reading for pleasure
Having poor spelling
Finding it much harder to express thoughts on paper than out loud
Having a family member with dyslexia
tends to run in families
. If a younger child is diagnosed with dyslexia, chances are good that an older sibling or parent also has it. Learn about how adults can find out if they have dyslexia after they have finished high school.
Dyslexia tests for adults
There are lots of online screening tests for dyslexia. Adults of any age who think they may have dyslexia can find out with a formal evaluation.
You may want to ask specialists you’re considering if adults make up a significant portion of their practice. Why? Adults may have developed their own coping strategies over the years. This can make it harder to evaluate adults than kids.
Where to find specialists who test adults for dyslexia
There are several resources that can help you find specialists in your area who can assess adults for dyslexia. You may want to contact:
An evaluation can be expensive. Some insurance plans will cover it, but many don’t.
University psychology departments sometimes offer a sliding scale fee for these kinds of assessments. Local mental health clinics sometimes do this too. VR agencies may provide this kind of testing at no cost for an adult who is accepted as a new client.
As you search for qualified specialists, you may want to ask them:
Will my insurance cover the cost?
Do you offer financial aid or other funding sources?