The Test – Am I Dyslexic

For years I’ve thought it and for years my doctor has hinted at it but they’ve never thought it was anything worth chasing up. Then I had to start completing application forms for work thanks the governments job cuts. To cut a long story short between my doctor, an adult literacy worker and the welfare officer at my work I was sent to be tested for dyslexia today.

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So how ‘well’ did I do? To be honest I’m not entirely sure. Thanks to the body to oversees the psychologists changing their rules a while ago it doesn’t look as though I’ll be classed as dyslexic in the traditional sense. As I understand it to be called dyslexic you now need to have two or more of the categories your tested on score below the national average and fit the profile. In my case my memory skills are low enough to be below this average but the other indicator that I tested low on sits just on the average. Where my problems lie with this one is that almost all the other categories I was tested against had me in the top 1-2 percentiles so although it was average it was a significant drop from the rest of my scores. There was also a problem in that it is an amalgamation of two tests. On the mental arithmetic I scored 100% and almost completely failed the other which gave the middle of the road average.

So there is a definite specific learning disability there but the woman who went through the test with me is trying to work out whether she can technically diagnose me as dyslexic or not. Either way I’ll get the written report in about a week so we’ll see what she has managed to come up with then.

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6 Comments

  1. That is probably the worst possible result – Clearly having a problem but not having a proper diagnosis.

    Up until 18 months ago my blogging was focused on dyslexia, ADHD and Autism at a site called Myomancy.com. The site is still there but I only update it very rarely.

    I covered various treatments, most of which focused on the Cerebellum (the part of the brain that controls movement. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that the Cerebellum plays a vital part in coordinating not only the body but also sensory input and memory.

    This is significant because poor short-memory is strongly related to dyslexia. Problems learning to read can also be connected to the inability of a brain to link the sounds being heard with the letters / words on the page.

    In terms of treatment, helping to solve the problem, there are various short-term memory training programs such as RoboMemo [ http://www.cogmed.com/cogmed/articles/en/14.aspx ].

    The one I think has the best science (this area is full of junk science) is Interactive Metronome [ http://www.interactivemetronome.com/ ].

    This is a rhythm training system, i.e. you need to clap-along in time with the system.

    It may seem odd that rhythm has anything to do with memory or reading but there is a body of evidence (but not overwhelming) that developing a sense of rhythm is an important part increasing the capacity of the cerebellum.

    This is because learning to coordinate input (beeps on the metronome) with actions (clapping) improve the same basic skills need for reading and short-term memory tasks.

    If you have any questions, drop me a line and I will be glad to help.

    Chris Tregenzas last blog post..What if 4e was Free?

  2. Bob says:

    Thanks for your comment Chris. I seem to recall reading about your blog before and not thinking anything of it at the time.

    It’s funny you should mention the rhythm ‘method’ as just as I was approving your comment I was explaining the test yesterday to my colleagues. I was trying to explain why I could do the initial memory tests with easy as it wasn’t the items I was remembering but the rhythm they made whn they were being said to me. As soon as I had to reverse them for the next test the rhythm was gone and I could barely complete the test.

    I’ll certainly give your recommendations a look :)

  3. Bob says:

    And two weeks later I’ve still to see the report. I’m guessing delays in paying the invoice have a hand in this but it’s starting to get to me a little.

    Bobs last blog post..The Games Of Campaigns Past

  4. Simon says:

    Don’t worry about waiting for a while for results. If it turns out you are then its nothing to worry about, or be ashamd for that matter. It doesn’t make you less intelligent but you see everything from a different point of view.

  5. Sam says:

    Both a really interesting post and response from Chris. The positive thing about dyslexia is that there is a fantastic amount of research and available support, so no matter the result there’s resources available. In my experience, having dyslexia or related means developing coping mechanisms, so having the test is a good thing to do. The more accurately it can pinpoint the issue, the easier it will be to deal with.


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