Dyslexia

by Olive Hickmott and Andrew Bendefy

Common questions

  1. Can you really help someone with dyslexia?
  2. But I have been told dyslexia is genetic...
  3. Why should I employ someone who is dyslexic?
  4. How can I help them?
  5. Where can I seek help for an employee?
  6. What about dyscalculia?

 

1. Can you really help someone with dyslexia?

Yes, with just a little thought, you can be the manager that helps your employee to be far more productive and to use their skills to everyone’s best advantage. It’s a real win-win scenario.

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2. But I have been told dyslexia is genetic...

It certainly runs in families and so do behaviours. If a dyslexic learns the skill to visualise well and uses it for words, this can completely change their experience with words – and very quickly.

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3. Why should I employ someone who is dyslexic?

They are very often extremely creative and have a natural gift for seeing things from different perspectives. They may find more than one solution while you can still see only the problem.

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4. How can I help a dyslexic employee?

Firstly, listen to them. In what environment have they done their best/worst work? They know how they work and contribute best, so give them that environment whenever possible. Then read through the rest of this topic. See what makes sense with respect to this individual.

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5. Where can I seek help for an employee?

Give them the confidence to try a different approach, it will be much easier than they expect.

There are several possible approaches; we have published a simple step-by-step book to help you develop your in-built ability to visualise to your best advantage. We can help an employee through one-to-one coaching, training some of your in-house trainers or simply by supplying the book to get them interested. If they have difficulty reading, then you may want to help then understand the material.

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6. What about dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia means ‘having difficulty with numbers’. Some people who have dyslexia also have dyscalculia and many of the techniques that help dyslexics also work for people with dyscalculia. Much of the information in this topic therefore applies equally to people with dyscalculia.

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