If you are an adult and not sure if dyslexia is the cause of your problems, here are some indicators. Of course nobody has all of these traits and a lot of others won’t be named. Some of the characteristics you will find in yourself, though may be:
At work, do you?
To rehash a cliché, life is a journey. This journey provides many twists and turns and at times it throws you a curveball that lands you flat on your back.
My curveball was being told at age 37 that I had dyslexia. This was after years of teachers saying I was lazy and that I had the ability but lacked the work ethic to gain the rewards. Having very supportive family meant that I didn’t give up, but worked harder. No matter, however, how hard or long I worked, it never showed a reward in terms of marks. This frustration led to me just working longer and harder – call it my “pig-headed” nature.
My hard work and dedication to keep trying meant that socially I missed so much of my teenage years. My “best” work would manage to consistently get me between 70-75% in exams despite huge hours spent studying. This was my HSC mark, this was my average in my Honours degree in Psychology, my Honours degree in Medical Science and my Medical degree. Yes I am a doctor with dyslexia, but this is not the end of my dream I wish to specialise and this is where the 75% ceiling mark has not allowed me to go further. Failing specialist exams led me to be tested for why I was failing despite long hours of study, the answer was dyslexia.
With the diagnosis I thought I had the answer to all my problems up to this point, but all it meant was that I floundered because I didn’t know what to do next. This led my journey to cross paths with Barbara Hoi and the Davis method.
The fact was that Barbara taught me that Dyslexia was not a disadvantage but in fact a huge advantage, this turned my thinking around. Barbara was able to show me where my brain was working and why I thought the way I did. Barbara also taught me what the “rest of the world” wanted and how they see the world. Barbara has given me the confidence to pick up the pieces and try again, despite how high the mountain in front me is. The fact is that there will always be mountains in our journey, it’s how we approach these mountains which shows our worth.
I am lucky to have had a supportive upbringing and even more fortunate to have a wonderful, caring and understanding wife. Those who support us with dyslexia become so frustrated not at us but for us.
It doesn’t matter where you are in your life journey, young or old, the fact is that you need to surround yourself with people who support and encourage you. I feel that Barbara has helped me so much to this point and I know she will as I move through my journey.
If you feel that you are frustrated, misunderstood or even angry with your diagnosis, Barbara will help you see that dyslexia is not a burden but an advantage. Barbara will teach how to use this and flourish IF you believe and trust her.
My story is to be continued but I know that whatever happens at this point so many questions have been answered and frustrations allayed thanks to Barbara.
Dr Neil Macpherson
B. Med., B.Med.Sci (Hons), B.A. (Psych)(hons)