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.
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.