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.
If your young-adult child finished high school but still struggles with reading, he 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. You 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. But if you think you may have dyslexia, the only way to know for sure is to get a formal evaluation. The same is true for your young-adult child if he suspects he has dyslexia.
You may also 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—if you or your young-adult child are 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?
Can you provide a payment plan?
Treating Adults With Dyslexia
An evaluation will give you or your young-adult child a full picture of your learning differences and strengths. The results will include strategies to help. The results can also help you or your young-adult child request
accommodations in college or
accommodations in the workplace.
Once you or your young-adult child find a tutor or program, the biggest issue may be finding the time to put into improving your reading skills. Consistency and practice at home are the most important factors for rapid progress. The more time you put in, the faster you’ll improve.
But no matter how long it takes, remember that it’s never too late to become a better reader.
Getting an evaluation can help you or your young-adult child request accommodations in college or at work.
Look for a specialist who has experience assessing adults for dyslexia.