Diagnosed For Dyslexia at 20

dyslexic childI did not find out that I had Dyslexia until I was 20. Studying at University is where many people my age found out because the funding to test was free. Rewind and I started school at the same level as others my age.

In year 1 (5/6) I remember being in class and doing a sum faster than the other children, seeing it and writing it down a moment that just clicked. The following years I saw that my reading was not progressing I remember staying on books/stages for so long. My mum noticed this and raised it with the teacher.

I was given support more hands on. It was a small group for half an hour (either a day or a week). The year after I had a teacher that did not understand and as such that year in school was miserable. I felt restricted by this teacher. I moved schools, when I did my mum told them only at the new school they said I wouldn’t need help.

Joining secondary school I had no help. It was a social time. There were lessons I enjoyed, and lessons in English I was lost in. Other subjects began to drop with my lack of understanding at a higher level. I found ways to make notes, thrived in lessons I enjoyed. I had a tutor (a neighbour) who kindly went back to basic English. I left school with 4 A-C – ironically 2 of those I passed were double English thanks to the tutor, more importantly time and understanding.

I went to college and went to get support knowing work would just get harder. I was tested – the result I don’t remember all I know was that I could have some guidance. Next I went to University and after the first semester a tutor suggested going to student support. There I was tested for Dyslexia. It took a few weeks for the test.

Some of the test covered a variety of types of Questions one seeing patterns (Twitter focus on pattern).

  • It had a 1 minute reading 1 minute typing –10 minute writing
  • A set of pictures and what do you see a speed test through pictures.
  • Saying the alphabet forwards & backwards
  • Being asked to find a place on campus giving directions
  • A balance test, probably for indicators of Dyspraxia
  • Tested times table

With the results I was shocked and emotional but then I was relieved and felt that I didn’t have to hide. I was given a lot of support – a tutor for organisational skills, and help with University work, including stickers for my assignments.

When I told friends and family I discovered others that had been diagnosed or awareness for them to see signs. This gave me confidence, that feeling of not being isolated.

I went into practical work as an educational support worker for children need extra help in school. I wanted to give back and support children who are going through similar struggles I had.


anon dyslexicThis is a guest blog post by Mars Aka Anon Dyslexic. You can follow her at https://twitter.com/anon_dyslexic