In this post and perhaps one or two more, we’ll look at several other interesting and important findings from the recent survey of dyslexic adults, parents of dyslexic children, and teachers. If you missed it, the overview is here. In this post we’ll look at an interesting finding from the survey of dyslexic adults.
The Effects Of Age On Dyslexic Adults
Here’s something we found most interesting—and to be honest, surprising—about the responses of the dyslexic adults. Age seemed to have little impact on their view of the importance of ‘fixing’ versus ‘strengths’.
Why is this surprising? Because due to the evolution of the laws regarding testing and identification, very few folks above the age of 45 were identified as dyslexic while in school. It’s much more common for those under this age to have been identified and to have received appropriate education. Yet we didn’t see big differences in responses between these age groups.
Among those aged 18-45 the split between fixing and strengths was 29.4 and 70.6.
Among those aged 46 and above the split was 31.1 and 68.9.
If anything, those who weren’t identified placed slightly more emphasis on ‘fixing’.
Why Are The Numbers So Stable?
Is this a consequence of the younger group taking for granted the benefits of a better education? Maybe, since the most satisfied group was the 18-29 year olds. Of course, overall the differences were small—and much smaller than the differences separating dyslexic adults from parents or teachers.
Another possibility is that dyslexic individuals recognize that at the end of the day, much of their chance of success depends on them, and there’s a limit to how much others can do.
If you’re a dyslexic adult and you have thoughts on this topic, we’d appreciate hearing them.
Takeaway For Teachers And Parents
It’s probably also good for parents and teachers to reflect on the finding that the dyslexic people in your lives probably place even more importance on their discovering and developing their strengths than you do. So it’s important that you reflect this sense of priority in your actions and attitudes, as well.