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Miles Dyslexia Centre: the centre for assessment, support and research

What Are Its Symptoms?

A person is dyslexic if he or she has persistent and severe problems with reading and/or writing, for example, if it takes a long time to read a newspaper or book, complete tax or application forms or other materials. Dyslexia can also mean having trouble getting thoughts down on paper and yet having no trouble at all with any other skilled aspect of life. Other characteristics may include short-term memory problems, difficulty with organising, structuring and sequencing and a short attention span.

What should I do if I think that I am dyslexic?

You should definitely do something about it. Remember you are not alone if you experience any of these difficulties. Try the questions on the "test yourself" section below. Feel free to contact us for advice. For children it is best to identify dyslexia as early as possible.

Test yourself

For adults:

  • Do you find it hard to remember 2 or 3 instructions together?
  • Is there any delay between hearing and understanding words?
  • Did you have lots of problems with reading and spelling at school?
  • Is there dyslexia in your family?

For children:

  • Does your child have problems with nursery rhymes and other language games?
  • Is your child having problems with reading and writing at school?
  • Is your child avoiding reading activities?
  • Is there dyslexia in the family?
  • Is your child a bit disorganised and forgets things easily?

If you have ticked 2 or more, particularly the problems relating to reading, spelling or writing, you should really consider getting in touch with us. We can offer screening, a detailed diagnosis, and support.

See the assessment and support pages for the general public, and for Bangor University students for more information.